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Sketch (Lecture Room & Library)

AA Wine Award (England) 2016 - 2017
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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Multiform dishes of exhaustive complexity

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Service charge
Credit cards accepted

Once inside this classical-looking Grade II listed building, it is evident that Sketch shakes up the world order with a riot of creativity and colour. The vision of Mourad Mazouz in partnership with French super-chef Pierre Gagnaire, Sketch has stayed at the vanguard of culinary ambition since it opened over a dozen years ago. The main culinary adventures take place in the first-floor Lecture Room & Library where you enter into a riot of vibrant pinks, orange and gold, huge vases and dangling chandeliers (one of which was recently bought by a punter). Tables are formally dressed and the plush armchairs make for a cossetting experience, further enhanced by the passionate service - professional, polished and pleasantly relaxed. The menu consists of gourmet rapide lunch, à la carte and tasting option. Whichever you choose, expect modern cuisine that surprises and exhilarates. The rapide is a good bet for mere mortals, for Sketch is pricey... seriously so. The complex layering of flavours and textures, multiple elements to each dish, and boundless innovation make dining here a memorable experience (the team will advise the order in which you should consume various parts of a course to maximise the intended impact). To start, a Lake District zander soufflé with white summer truffle is as light as can be while a stuffed courgette flowers and baby squid evokes the Med, and crayfish salad is the final part of an intoxicating equation. Sea bass stars in a main course with foie gras, the various parts resulting in a triumphant dish, while among sweet courses meringue tarta is built upwards from a base of Muscat jelly, with Australian black truffle and gold leaf adding a sense of luxury to this Pavlova-inspired finale. Everything from the amuse-bouche such as arancini with their own 'sketchup' (beetroot jam) and vodka martini jelly shows a sense of fun and an attention to detail.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 19 August to 6 September, 23–30 December, 1 January and Bank holidays
  • Days closed: Sunday to Monday
  • Closed for lunch: Saturday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 1.45
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 10

Chef

  • Chef: Pierre Gagnaire, Johannes Nuding

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern European
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 3
  • Wines over £30: 864
  • Wines by the glass: 73

Price guide

  • Starter from : 45
  • Main course from: 50
  • Tasting menu from: 120
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Steps for wheelchair: 32
  • Assist dogs welcome

Facilities

  • Seats: 50
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 24
  • Off-site parking available: NCP Soho, Cavendish Square

Additional information

  • Seats: 50
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 24

Getting here

Nearest train station

Oxford Circus, Green Park, Bond Street
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