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Ridiculous by any measure, the various eating spaces in this 18th-century townhouse-cum-pleasuredome are also strangely alluring – and the Lecture Room is the most ridiculous and alluring of them all. Characterised by acres of gorgeously surreal space, extreme cosseting and multi-element dishes, it's a one-off home for the cuisine of Pierre Gagnaire – interpreted day-to-day by Johannes Nuding. Pay attention to the "direct but not rude" staff, who explain how to approach the multiple little bowls and plates that make up each flight-of-fancy dish. A creation entitled 'autumn' features confit ceps, red prawns and veal pâté, saddle of Basque milk-fed lamb appears alongside black garlic, braised endive (with dried fruits), pear and Roquefort salad and sweet wine jelly, while the 'sea garden' is a cornucopia of maritime delights. Whatever the theme, immaculate preparation is a given. With so much at play on the carte, the tasting menu is pretty much redundant, and wine matching tricky; seek advice or play safe with bubbles.
So one fine day, I decided to visit Sketch.What is Sketch you ask? Is that something that artists do? Just drawing and doodling given a fancy name so that they can charge you more? Sketch, at least least the restaurant, it actually 5 minute restaurants all housed in the same building. All entertaining very different styles and decor. From breakfast cafe to fine dining.It was the latter where my obviously exquisite tastes would lead me. Actually, that is a lie. I was going to Sketch based on the strong recommendations of a friend who’s taste in food has so far been impeccable. My taste...
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Sketch is a wonderful hidden world, disguised as a Townhouse from the outside.Each room is uniquely decorated; they feel like they are different worlds for you to get lost within.One of my absolute favourites is their Pink room, The Gallery...
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Sketch is a wonderful hidden world, disguised as a Townhouse from the outside.Each room is uniquely decorated; they feel like they are different worlds for you to get lost within.One of my absolute favourites is their Pink room, The Gallery.Paris-based Architect and Designer; India Mah was the mastermind creating the backdrop for British artist David Shrigley’s satyrical sketches that line the walls. It is one of the most glorious gallery spaces in London.
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