Sketch is one of the most AMAZING and CREATIVE restaurants I’ve ever experienced! It also has a long list of the highest culinary awards and honors, and now I know why.
It has 3 fantastic dining venues and 2 bars, and each one has a completely different theme with its own menu, décor, and music. They’re like mini-worlds inside of one big other-world.
You can’t get the whole picture of Sketch from me just telling you about it, or showing you pictures.
It’s an entertaining, interesting adventure, and it’s a place that’s full of imagination. When you are inside, you forget about the world outside.
Even the bathrooms are something from another world! I’m pretty sure that aliens are hatched out of those famous, giant-egg, toilets!
Mom and I were given a tour of the restaurant, and the staff we met were great! I learned that the owner Mourad Mazouz, has The Gallery dining room changed about every 2 years, and a different artist gets to redesign it with their own art and ideas. Right now, The Gallery is designed by artist David Shrigley.
The walls are covered with his smart, funny drawings, and he even got to design the table settings that they use.
We also got to meet Master Chef Pierre Gagnaire. Besides being the Executive Chef at Sketch, he has several of his own restaurants around the world, and has received many top culinary honors and Michelin Stars, including twice being awarded 3 Michelin Stars.
He is also known for making his food look like art on a plate, and mixing flavors and ingredients to create new tastes.
Speaking of food, Mom and I had dinner in The Lecture Room & Library. Mom ordered from the Vegetarian Tasting Menu.
Check out all of the dishes she got to try.
(Olive and Aubergine - Black Olive Jelly, Messinian Treasure Olive Oil “Stiletto” Aubergines; Spring - Roasted and Raw Sliced Baby Artichokes, French Green Peas and Broad Beans with Mint, and White Sorbet; Morels and Asparagus - Fresh Morels à la Crème with Coffee, Grilled Asparagus and Baby Carrots; Cauliflower - “Bavarois” of Cauliflower, Poached Egg, Celeriac and Parmesan; Potato - “Bauloise” Potatoes; and Lettuce Filled with Grilled Paris Mushroom Duxelles).
And she had Pierre Gagnaire’s Grand Dessert (Rum Baba, Rocket Chantilly, Lime and Exotic Coulis, Blood Orange Marmalade, Yogurt Sorbet, Blood Orange Reduction, Saffron Poached Pineapple, Mangosteen, Rambutan, Aloe Vera Dragon fruit Syrup, Lemon and Olive Oil Jelly, Lemon Curd, Pink Praline, Kirsh Coffee Parfait, Cuban Ganache, Caramelized Almond Crumble Chestnut Cream, Crushed Blackcurrant, and Granny Smith Apple Foam). Awesome! Right?!
I decided to try things that I’ve never had before, so I ordered the Foie Gras from their Starter Menu.
(Grilled Slice of Duck Foie Gras, Burgundy Snails, Sorrel Fondue with Smoked Duck, Foie Gras Terrine with Lime, Green Bean Salad, Chilled Duck Consommé, Redcurrant and Tamarillo Sorbet). I also got the French Pigeon (Whole Roasted French Pigeon, Cherry Bigarade, Spring Cabbage and Rhubarb with Maple Syrup, Durum Wheat Semolina with Cinnamon, and Confit Orange). These are all things that I had never tasted before – some of them I really liked, and others I’m still getting used to. For dessert I had the Chocolate Soufflé (Guanaja Chocolate Soufflé, “Equatorial” Chocolate Ganache, Pistachio Parfait Rice Pudding, Grapefruit Confit, Valrhona Dark Chocolate Flakes, Sacher Biscuit, Gabriel Boudier Dijon, and Crème de Cassis).
I guess you can say that we feasted like kings and queens that night! And yes, I know… there’s a lot of fancy names and things you probably never heard of before. But that’s part of the fun and adventure of traveling and eating in places that you’ve never been to before. If you want to know what some of those dishes are that I mentioned, you can do a little quick research on your own.