Location: 9 Conduit St, Mayfair, London W1S 2XG
Price Range: ££££
Vibe: Smart Casual
It’s been a while since I have written anything on here as the last few months have been pretty hectic between new jobs and moving around. As well as this I haven’t been eating out as often, if at all, in the past few months. With restaurants starting to open back up I am feeling incredibly fortunate that I have been able to try out some gems recently.
I haven’t been too keen to venture anywhere too busy, however anywhere I have been lately has been well spaced out, sanitised and by reservation only so the experience has been really comfortable and enjoyable.
Up this week we have Sketch. Sketch is an instagrammers dream. It’s a well known go to spot in London and it’s definitely worth a visit, if you enjoy quirky decor and attentive staff. There are a few different restaurants to choose from, each with its own theme – The Parlour, The Lecture Room & Library, The Glade, the Gallery and the East Bar & Pods. Even their website is quirky and fun with interactive pages. You can check it out here. For this reservation we went to the Gallery, also known as the Pink room which you may already have seen on instagram.
The staff were extremely friendly and welcoming and we were seated at our pink velvet booth. To start we ordered drinks, I went for a Sketch Spritz which was fruity and fresh.
Our waiter was well informed on gluten free options and even checked with the kitchen to confirm any questions that I had about the menu. I opted for the Poached Sea Bass and a side portion of creamy spinach, while my friend opted for the lobster and fries. The seabass was soft and lovely, served with artichoke and a creamy sake sauce. They also provided some gluten free bread and were overall really helpful.
As we ordered dessert, the waiter advised that we don’t take too long the loos as it would be ready in 15 minutes which I found strange – until I saw them. There is a hidden bar, encased in 2 white staircases which lead upwards to what looked like giant white eggs. These are the loos which are overseen by a multicolour neon light ceiling – it’s almost as if being in a museum or art gallery and it’s worth the visit alone.
For dessert I went for the chocolate parfait with berry sorbet which was divine. I don’t always go for dessert but I always always look at the menu just in case something looks particularly good. Unfortunately the Glade bar was full so we went for a drink in the Parlour after dinner, which is a bar at the front with dusky decor and neon lights.
While I found the food only okay the atmosphere, staff and overall experience makes up for it. They were really accommodating for vegetarian and gluten free and the staff were well informed. Sketch is the perfect combination of restaurant meets gallery meets museum so if you’re looking for something a little bougie and special while in London it’s worth a visit. They also do an amazing afternoon tea which you can read more about at Cocktail Saturdays review here.