Sketch, the restaurant famed for its ‘new French’ food, has launched a Summer Afternoon Tea menu, created by master chef Pierre Gagnier and served in the building’s delectable new interior, which is an exciting collaboration between British artist David Shrigley and Paris-based designer India Mahdavi.
The table setting is a bit of a squeeze, but Mahdavi has created a fantastical room setting that preserves Sketch’s super-cool reputation. With its bubblegum pink hue, the furniture is playful and the atmosphere is contemporary. Shrigley’s art sits cheekily in the background.
The menu offers a wonderful array of teas such as the ‘Silver Needle’, a light, delicate fruity tea with notes of cucumber and melon, and Lapsang, which is typically smoky, moody and deep in flavour. The sweet selection of finger sandwiches feature fillings such as ricotta and cucumber, egg mayonnaise with fried quail eggs and caviar, and warm mozzarella and pesto croque monsieur (my favourite!). Towering over the sandwiches are an assortment of desserts, including pistachio macaroons, strawberry cheesecake, raspberry meringue and the ‘Sketch Opera’ (a chocolate cake with caramel): yum!
£39 per person (sketch.uk.com)
Words: Joanna Johnson