Parlour at Sketch

Address: 9 Conduit Street, London, W1S 2XZ, United Kingdom
Telephone: 020 7659 4500

- Mid-range

3.7

Once the London headquarters of Christian Dior, this place is still a fashion mecca.

Parlour is the ground-floor café-bar of Sketch, a multi-floored eaterie that wears its quirkiness with determination. The venture is a meeting of minds between restaurateur Mourad Mazouz (of Momo fame) and stellar chef Pierre Gagnaire, one of the better exponents of molecular gastronomy.

Food and drink
4.1
90%
Service
3.8
90%
Food and drink
4.1
90%
Value for money
3.2
90%
Ambience
4.1
90%
Location
4.1
90%

Food and drink

A mix of highly stylised, high-concept treats and well-made comfort food. The macaroni cheese with celeriac rémoulade is popular but last time I had the Sketch club sandwich – an extraordinary concoction of seemingly disparate flavours and textures (not least beetroot jelly) that works surprisingly well. Portions are a little too diminutive for my liking, especially the desserts, which might explain why the place is full of models and fashionistas.

Ambience

Cheeky, sexy and fun.

Service

Very friendly but note: the waiter is not actually giving you a napkin with his phone number on it, that’s part of the joke.

Location

A listed Georgian building on the interesting side of Mayfair, near Oxford Circus.

Price advice

The Parlour is the least expensive dining room in Sketch but not cheap. Sandwiches are £6.50-£9, main courses £9-£17, desserts £5.50-£8 –hardly insurmountable but remember those portions are dainty.

Branches

There are two other restaurants in the building: the perennially trendy Gallery restaurant and art space, and the opulent Lecture Room & Library. Both serve Pierre Gagnaire’s cuisine but at different price points.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Foodies
  • Honeymooners
  • Singles
  • Nightlife
  • People watching
  • Shopping
  • Trendiness
  • Design and architecture

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