Cafe Ishaq

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Located on London’s Kennington Road only a short walk from the Imperial War Museum, Café Ishak is a fine Indian restaurant with high levels of service. The marble and gold exterior of the dining room promises something seriously posh and the interior of Café Ishak doesn’t disappoint, decorated and furnished to create and upmarket look and feel partnered by the service from informed, well turned out waiters. As well as favourite Indian dishes, Café Ishak offers guests more unusual dishes taken from authentic home cooking recipes, among them a number of duck dishes and exotic seafood dishes from the coastal regions of the subcontinent. It takes a lot to stand out amongst South London’s endless rows of Indian restaurants, but the owners of Café Ishak, with its team of skilled kitchen staff and an efficient and friendly front of house have managed to make their restaurant something of a must visit.


Venue name: Cafe Ishaq
Address: 48 Kennington Road
Price: £25 and under
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This establishment used to be the Imperial Tandoori. Over the last ten years, I've had dozens of visits and was always happy with the excellent food and friendly service. My most recent visit was disappointing. The restaurant is re-branded as 'Cafe Ishaq'. The place looks smarter and staff now have a 'uniform'. However, I didn't get what I ordered and there was a long delay in bringing the correct meal. Further, the meat was overcooked & mushy. I mentioned this to the staff when paying and they said that this wasn't the first complaint on this topic. Perhaps this was a one off, but I'm sad to report that things generally seem to have gone downhill.