Gümüs Maska, or the Silver Mask, is a tricky one to pin down. With an excellent full menu and a decent cocktail list to boot, it was a strong contender for inclusion in the Eat and Drink chapters, but its popularity with a lunchtime crowd and some great salads and sandwiches won through for Snack. Situated on the top floor of the Young Spectators’ Theatre, it is a vision of modern architectural design – all steel girders, high-tension wire edged walkways and plate glass – and looks wonderful, shimmering on a
bright summer’s day. Service is good, if a little formal, and the clientele, not as theatrical as one might expect from its location, is a mixed bag of folk from ladies lunching in between shops to the odd couple on a snatched lunchtime assignation via a smattering of besuited gents from nearby offices. Something for everyone then.