sketch has been on my list of restaurants to visit for several years now (since before I moved to London, in fact!), so recently while I was lusting over photos of the restaurant on Instagram and telling Jeff how much I wanted to get around to going to sketch one day but the dinner menu was a bit pricey for us he said: Well, why don’t you just book breakfast?
Jeff and I love breakfast foods, and lately we’ve been going out to breakfast / brunch every weekend instead of dinner dates. It started off as a nice way to spend time together, but then it sunk in that breakfast / brunch menus are a whole lot less expensive than dinner menus. Which means we got to go to nicer restaurants more often and it all still fit within our budget. Score!
We made a booking for the Parlour, which offers an all day breakfast menu, and started out with a round of tea. We sat towards the back of the room where the tables are low and the chairs are cosy.
If you’re not familiar with sketch, it’s a destination place for food, art and music conceived by French chef Pierre Gagnaire (who has an eponymous Michelin three-starred restaurant in Paris) and opened in 2002 by Mourad Mazouz.
And sketch is, quite literally, a site to be seen. Everywhere you look there’s a view to take in – artworks on the walls, waiters in maid uniforms and Converse trainers, hopscotch on the floor…
But at the tables, it’s really the little details that really add to the experience. How adorable is the cow milk jug?
The tea came first, then our breakfasts. We ordered toast on the side (which was some of the best bread I’ve had in a while) but I didn’t snap a picture of that because I just wanted to eat it!
I ordered the poached eggs with crab and celeriac remoulade and toasted brioche. While it was delicious, the portion was a bit smaller than I was hoping for so the side of toast was very necessary for me!
Jeff went for the <<9 Conduit Street>> which offers poached eggs (he had his scrambled), tomato concasse, Cumberland sausage, black pudding, Portobello mushrooms and bacon powder. He said his meal was delicious and satisfying.
Next time I visit sketch I’m hoping for afternoon tea in The Gallery, which has been transformed by David Shirgley, one of my favourite artists. Now I just have to get around to finding time to make that booking…