sketch: Gallery

9 Conduit Street , London, W1S 2XG

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SquareMeal Review of sketch: Gallery

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"GOOD"

Nobody comes to Sketch for half measures, and that includes artist David Shrigley. No fewer than 239 of his new works are currently (but not permanently) displayed in The Gallery, which functions as a restaurant, exhibition space and – thanks to India Mahdavi’s design – the closest thing London has to a bubblegum bubble furnished with pink boudoir biscuits. Shrigley’s work also appears as specially designed tableware, which is artistically overlaid with über-chef Pierre Gagnaire’s riotous and reliably surprising take on brasserie food. A homage to Shrigley comes in the form of albacore tuna cream, rocket, pomegranate, and pulled farm-raised chicken with rosemary, whole roast Challans duck is offered in two elaborate services, and desserts feature an oh-so-British mint yoghurt and white chocolate croquant, green matcha tea meringue with coconut milk mousseline, or a selection of macaroons. The Shrigley/Gagnaire hook-up also makes for an extraordinary afternoon tea, served (of course) by men in boiler suits.

sketch: Gallery Location

9 Conduit Street , London W1S 2XG

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0207 6594 4500

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Nearby Landmarks

Hamleys 118m

Kingly Street 153m

Opening times

Mon-Sun 11.30am-11pm (Sun -10.30pm)

sketch: Gallery's Reviews

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Food & Drink: 6.7

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Service: 7.4

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Atmosphere: 7.6

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Value: 6.1

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Food + drink: 1

Service: 2

Atmosphere: 3

Value: 0

Silver Reviewer
17 March 2016

This is not my first review but as I can't see my original I thought I'd try again. The food here was average at best. The prices are outrageous. The service was indifferent. I wouldn't go back here unless someone else was paying. The only positive is that it's a beautiful place to look at. I am actually trying to understate how much I dislike this place as I accept that they need to make a living.

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Food + drink: 3

Service: 4

Atmosphere: 3

Value: 3

Platinum Reviewer
18 September 2014

The room has been transformed into a pink mirage with stylised, comfortable, softly upholstered banquettes and chairs in a definitive pink hue, replacing the eclectic mix of seating shown in the Overview image, when landing a comfortable chair must have been a lottery. Sad to say I would have appreciated perusing the aesthetics of individual chair designs, although when it comes to sitting, munching and imbibing for a couple of hours or so, ergonomics has to reign when parking the backside, and so it was a relief to find comfy seating, enabling us to fully relax and enjoy our dinner and the scenery - it is a gallery after-all, and as defined by the name, amusing and some bemusing monochrome sketches cover the walls. Extravagant words appear on the menu and some humble and more exotic ingredients have been carefully crafted for good result, enough for us to have dined here twice recently. We enjoyed the modern cooking; the colourful lobster bisque with rice being a stand-out dish, with duck and salmon mains being good too, although I have to say starters listing holds more appeal than main courses. So with boxes ticked for comfort, for ease of booking (we didn’t – last time, we walked in on a Sunday evening), for service, for good looking tasty food, and lastly, but very importantly the wine which came very well recommended to accord with our wishes, it's all rather nice and fun. The trouble is if you are watching the budget, dining at this kind of fashionable place with a renowned name on the menu, probably requires dipping into a savings pot, hopefully, someone else’s if you’re lucky enough to be treated. Nevertheless, methinks perhaps we should try the Lecture room too.

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Food + drink: 3

Service: 4

Atmosphere: 3

Value: 3

Platinum Reviewer
18 September 2014

The room has been transformed into a pink mirage with stylised, comfortable, softly upholstered banquettes and chairs in a definitive pink hue, replacing the eclectic mix of seating shown in the Overview image, when landing a comfortable chair must have been a lottery. Sad to say I would have appreciated perusing the aesthetics of individual chair designs, although when it comes to sitting, munching and imbibing for a couple of hours or so, ergonomics has to reign when parking the backside, and so it was a relief to find comfy seating, enabling us to fully relax and enjoy our dinner and the scenery - it is a gallery after-all, and as defined by the name, amusing and some bemusing monochrome sketches cover the walls. Extravagant words appear on the menu and some humble and more exotic ingredients have been carefully crafted for good result, enough for us to have dined here twice recently. We enjoyed the modern cooking; the colourful lobster bisque with rice being a stand-out dish, with duck and salmon mains being good too, although I have to say starters listing holds more appeal than main courses. So with boxes ticked for comfort, for ease of booking (we didn’t – last time, we walked in on a Sunday evening), for service, good looking tasty food, and lastly, but very importantly the wine which came very well recommended to accord with our wishes, it's all rather nice and fun. The trouble is if you are watching the budget dining at this kind of fashionable place with a renowned name on the menu, probably requires dipping into a savings pot, hopefully, someone else’s if you’re lucky enough to be treated. Nevertheless, methinks perhaps we should try the Lecture room too. I just wonder if it is pink?

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