Roger Ebert, the renowned film critic of the Chicago Sun-Times, once said of the 2006 film The Fall, that audiences should consider viewing the film for no other reason than that it exists. Visually spectacular, opulent and mind-bendingly beautiful, the film shares more than a few things in common with Sketch, a restaurant that Londoners should aspire to visit at least once in their lifetimes, if for no other reason than that it exists.
Split into multiple sections – a parlour, a brasserie, a haute cuisine lecture room – the restaurant wears its beauty and extravagance on its sleeve, and cannot fail to impress all but the most jaded of individuals. The Michelin-starred Lecture Room and Library features an interior with a colourful modern Maghrebi (North African) design, while the Parlour’s interior has recently been revamped by the artist Martin Creed into a warped design of geometric patterns and shapes.
Menus, as befitting such a glamorously high-flying establishment, are nothing short of spectacular. Designed by three-star chef-patron Pierre Gagnaire, the cooking is nothing short of perfection and the food by turns has the power to excite, delight and astound. This is coming from a man who has been variously described as innovative as Blumenthal and Adria, and as decorated as gastronomic heavyweights like Ducasse and Robuchon. Think unfamiliar yet thrilling combinations – think foie gras terrine accompanied by ginger-tinged oysters, or langoustines with a citrus gelée and avocado.
The a la carte is, frankly, almost completely prohibitively expensive – starters average £40 – but the tasting menus are a realistic proposition, and the rapide lunch a relative bargain at £30. Still, for an experience likely matched only by a handful of other places on the globe, you could pay far more – and you’re getting dinner out of it as well.
The Gallery: Monday - Saturday: 18:30 – 02:00 (live DJs from 22:30), The Lecture Room: Tuesday - Saturday: 12:00 – 14:30 & 19:00 – 23:00, The Palour: Monday - Friday: 08:00 – 02:00 & Saturday: 10:00 – 02:00, The Glade: Monday - Thursday: 13:00 - 02:00 & Friday - Saturday: 12:00 - 02:00, East Bar: Daily: 19:00 - 02:00
9 Conduit Street, Oxford-Circus, W1S 2XGView Larger Map
- Moderately Priced
- A Bit of Romance
- Michelin Starred
- Fine Dining