Thursday, 17 December 2015

Sketch & Pisco Sour

It's so blustery outside that I'm delighted to be writing this post from the comforts of my living room and the company of a cosy fireplace, fluffy blanket and my favourite green tea.

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that my sister turned 21 recently, and so we decided to book Sketch for our celebratory meal. This was my first visit to the London gem and it didn't disappoint.

We chose to eat in the Gallery because look! It's one of the prettiest rooms I've ever had the pleasure of dining in. As you can see from the photos the entire room has a pastel pink and copper aesthetic with scalloped velvet booths and each wall covered in a collection of whimsical art drawings (I'm not gonna lie it's every girl's dream decor). The restaurant is inside a gorgeous Georgian town house in Mayfair and it pretty much screams decadence.

To drink we stuck to cocktails and for those visiting in the future, the Pisco Sours are delicious.
We also decided to skip starters and get straight to the main course. I chose the steak which came with a garnish of a sweetcorn puree topped with chorizo and squid, and my sister ordered the lamb chops with grated cheddar, green cabbage and lamb shoulder confit with dried fruits. We also shared sides of creamed spinach and dauphinoise potatoes.

The service was impeccable - all of our food arrived promptly and the staff were lovely and all very attentive.
We ended up sharing all of the dishes between us as both mains looked so delicious we couldn't make our minds up on which we preferred so we ended up tasting both. The lamb was beautiful and very tender. The steak was a little tough for my liking, although I did order it medium/well done and in hindsight I should've asked it for just medium instead. For a side I would definitely recommend indulging in the dauphinoise as they are the creamiest cheesiest goodness and will not disappoint, and the creamed  spinach is also really nice too.
We then ended our meal with macarons (our personal favourites). You can't really go wrong with macarons so of course they were really tasty.

It's also worth noting that our bill came in a gold sandpaper envelope which I seemed to appreciate more than most (I notice the details!)

And of course I couldn't write a blog post about Sketch without including a photo of their very famous toilets.

While I was in London I also got to visit one of my favourite bars, the London Cocktail Club. Also if you're in the Kentish town area I would recommend Boulogne Bar (it's upstairs in the Bull & Gate). They make a hellova' good lavender infused Pisco Sour. In fact it is thanks to Boulogne and Sketch that it is my new go-to cocktail.

This year has been somewhat of a struggle for me and the past few months have been especially hard so it's been nice to spend time with people I love.

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