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AA Notable Wine List 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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Virtuoso cooking in artist-designed restaurant

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At a glance

Wines by the glass
Service charge
Credit cards accepted

The brasserie option at the super-cool Sketch (where art meets culinary pizzazz) is like no other brasserie. Witty, playful cartoons (courtesy of celebrated Brit artist David Shrigley) fill the walls alongside a touch of designer glam from India Mahdavi. It's a striking open space, with a dusty pink hue, low-slung funky barrel chairs and banquettes and clever lighting. The crockery is designed by Shrigley too, so expect a few additional wry messages on the white ceramics to greet last mouthfuls. As always, service remains a highlight, with charming, informed staff positively brimming with enthusiasm like it was the opening night. To match the glossy, happening vibe, beautiful people and art, über-chef Pierre Gagnaire's food doesn't hold back on creativity either, with vibrancy, sheer skill and a sense of fun evident throughout. The man's a 'flavoursmith'; take an opener that teams crabmeat, tête de veau and squid with jellied cucumber, a golden creamy brandade gougère and green apple, all beautifully crafted, executed and presented. Likewise, a tranche of salt marsh Yorkshire lamb comes with a balanced oregano-scented zing and a touch of the Med with its accompaniment of black olive aubergine caviar, baby padrón peppers and mange-tout, matched by a knockout jus. Show-stopping desserts are an absolute must here; witness a light, almost fly-away bitter almond pannacotta, teamed with salted caramel parfait, poached pears and blue milk foam, while the wine list (and sommelier advice) prove a corker too. It's not cheap, but the menu does contain a few options that won't make a financial advisor blush.

Opening hours

  • Closed: Christmas and 1 January
  • Closed for lunch: all week
  • Dinner served from: 6.30pm
  • Dinner served until: 11

Chef

  • Chef: Pierre Gagnaire, Herve Deville

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern European
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 2
  • Wines over £30: 220
  • Wines by the glass: 40

Price guide

  • Starter from : 14
  • Main course from: 18
  • Dessert from: 6
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Facilities

  • Seats: 126
  • Off-site parking available: On street, NCP

Additional information

  • Seats: 126

Getting here

Nearest train station

Oxford Circus, Green Park, Bond Street
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