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“Very impressive dining experience”

Sketch Lecture Room and Library
Ranked #88 of 23,379 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $46 - $191
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Neighborhood: Mayfair
Description: 2 Michelin star-awarded Sketch offers a breathtaking gastronomic experience in the exclusive neighbourhood of Mayfair. The unique restaurant stretches over 4 spaces, covering everything from tea and pastries to French and European haute cuisine. The Lecture Room & Library is a sophisticated and exclusive dining area, awarded its first Michelin Star in 2005, along with 5 AA Rosettes. The tasting and a la carte menus are designed by the 3 Michelin-starred French master chef Pierre Gagnaire, while the acclaimed wine list was awarded 'Best Award for Excellence' by the Wine Spectator and AA Guide's Best UK Wine List.' There is a smart dress code and gentlemen are required to wear jackets The Gallery is a stylish and vibrant gastro-brasserie with 3 AA Rosettes. Surrounded by ever-changing site specific video exhibitions by emerging artists and designers, The Gallery also features hand painted Julie Verhoeven chairs. The magical ambience of The Glade's Swarovski encrusted and sunset-strewn woodland bar provides the perfect lounge setting. Elegant Louis XV seating features in the quirky and eccentric patisserie, restaurant and bar of The Parlour. Experience breakfast, comfort food and afternoon tea until the last drink before home.
Reviewed October 13, 2012

Sketch Lecture Room and Library is the London establishment of Michelin starred chef Pierre Gagnaire. I've been meaning to give Sketch a try, but for some reason or another I never got around to doing so until now.

On a day to day basis the kitchen is headed by Jean-Denis Le Bras and he seems to be doing something right as this year Sketch Lecture Room and Library was awarded a second Michelin star.

Sketch consists of several different areas. Sketch Lecture Room and Sketch Parlour are more casual while Sketch Lecture Room and Library the exclusive dining area upstairs. In addition to these three dining there is a members bar and a cocktail bar.

The interior has a big wow factor. Upon entering the restaurant you're greeted by friendly David, who makes you feel right at home. He'll escort you upstairs to the dining area, which consists of two areas.

The interior upstairs in the Sketch Lecture Room and Library is slightly less funky and more conservative than downstairs, but still it's easily one of the most impressive dining areas I've ever seen (only Apsleys comes close in terms of impressive dining rooms).

Even though Pierre Gagnaire isn't cooking in the kitchen his stamp is all over Sketch Lecture Room and Library as he designs the dishes with Jean-Denis Le Bras.

During our visit to Sketch Lecture Room and Library we tried the Tasting menu which consisted of the following dishes:
-Feuilletés (8/10)
-Foie Gras: Olive Jelly / Red Pepper Coulis / Diced Foie Gras / Watermelon and Mirin / Rose and Mint / Olive Powder (8/10)
-Seabream: Sea Bream Marinated in Kombu Seaweed / Brown Shrimps / Buckwheat Pancake (9/10)
-Scallops: Roast Hand-dived Scottish Scallops / Baked Ricotta / Artichoke / Paris Mushroom Consommé with Tapioca (9.5/10)
-Blue Lobster: Lightly-cooked Blue Lobster / Pickled Girolles / Aged Gruyère / Traditional Bisque (9.5/10)
-Duck: Challans Duck Fillet with a Marmalade of Red Cabbage and Quetsch / Red Port Sauce / Sarawak Black Pepper (8/10)
-Pierre Gagnaire’s Grand Dessert: A Combination of Five Desserts (8/10)
-Petits Fours (8/10)

The food at Sketch Lecture Room and Library is generally very good (on par with experiences at other 2 Michelin star restaurants). Particularly the Scallops and the Blue Lobster dishes are very good. The Foie gras dish may not be to everyone's liking (strong black olives' flavour), but I enjoyed it.

There is however room for improvement at Sketch Lecture Room and Library. For instance:
-I had two glasses of wine during my dinner, but I wasn't offered the opportunity to taste the wines before my glasses were pored.
-The bread comes with two types of butter (salted and unsalted). We ran out of the salted butter and weren't offered some more salted butter.

However, these are small niggles and overall the service and dining experience at Sketch Lecture Room and Library is one of the best to be had in London. If you want to celebrate a special occasion or impress someone a dinner at Sketch Lecture Room and Library is a very good way to go.

As is the be expected, Sketch Lecture Room and Library is not cheap (e.g., the non-vegetarian tasting menu costs £95 pp excluding drinks, etc), but the pricing is in line with other 2 star Michelin restaurants.

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Reviewed October 7, 2012

Only by occasion we went to have dinner at the sketch lecture room on a Tuesday this October. After we were personally greeted by David at the entrance, we were led into the big dining room which was the first wow-effect when the big doors were opened. Everything following was a single tunning moment from starter, apertitivs, main course and a terrific selection of five platter desert. Like most of my prespeakers here underpinned, the toilets were an absolute design highlight. After dinner we were invited to take a magnificent cocktail at the bar downstairs. Had a fancy one with rosemary, pepper and gin.
Have seen many places around the world, but this one has become for sure one of my favourites!
Go there and get thrilled yourself.

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1  Thank Bruja_mayor
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Reviewed October 5, 2012

Brilliant service, wonderful food and a fabulous quirky atmosphere. Taster menu is highly recommended but be prepared for desert!

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Thank Philwhitt
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

We are very spoiled when it comes to food and tasting menus in particular, so I think this review speaks to the high level of culinary precision, execution, and novelty in pairings and concept. Being vegetarian, we usually avoid traditional French cuisine due to our odd distaste of heavily creamy and rich flavors, so I was skeptical of sketch being a French restaurant. However we were proved wrong on so many levels. I don't want to ruin the surprise if you are planning to go, but would rate this as the best veggie tasting menu in London hands down.
Furthermore, the service was impressively personal, friendly, and flawless. Decor was quirky and tasteful, a breath of fresh air.
Bottom line: book ASAP!

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2  Thank pinkissima
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

This must be the most theatrical restaurant in Britain
Brilliant service and mouth watering food, a must for anyone who is visiting London, a must if you love design architecture food and all round good wine

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Thank KristianBerr
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