Harden's survey result
Part of Mourad Mazouz’s lavish Mayfair palazzo, this OTT favourite (the ‘cheap’ dining option here – see also Sketch, Lecture Room) is a perennial hit with a Zoolander-esque crowd keener on looking ‘really, really, really ridiculously good looking’ than on the eclectic cuisine, which is very expensive, and can seem like a case of “Emperor’s new clothes”. Who cares though? – with David Shrigley’s pinker-than-pink design-scheme it’s “an Instagrammer’s dream”, and who doesn’t want to have paid at least one visit to the egg-shaped loos?
The “pure opulence” of this Mayfair hangout for the art and fashion crowd – with David Shrigley’s “camp and ridiculous”, pink-walled contemporary baroque decor – makes it many fashionista’s “favourite, special place”. Foodwise, it’s “all very nice... but not really, at that price”. Top Tip: the whole point of a meal is the chance to visit the egg-shaped toilet pods.
“Everything from the David Shrigley sketches covering the candy-pink walls to the teacups are witty and whimsical” at this Mayfair fashionista favourite – and the famous egg-shaped pods in the “space-age loos” are “worth the queue” too. Was there something else? Ah yes, the food… “also completely OTT, and not in a good way, and eye-wateringly expensive with no reason to be”. Top Tip – the “fun-filled” afternoon tea.
“The must-visit loos” are traditionally a more consistent attraction than the perennially pricey and gimmicky cuisine at this Mayfair fashionista-favourite, given a romantic but mad, rhapsody-in-pink makeover a couple of years ago (with art from designer/director David Shrigley). It avoided harsh feedback this year however, and for afternoon tea in particular it’s worth a whirl – “(over) indulgence with a lightness of touch”.
Sketch, Gallery Restaurant Diner Reviews
"It's not cheap but there is no other place like it. The food scores for last year were unfair and skewed by the prices, I feel. The cooking at least "good", if not "very good". The whole experience is great fun and the staff are wonderful - not a foot fault."
|Wine per bottle||£29.50|
9 Conduit St, London, W1S 2XG
|Monday||11:30 am‑11 pm|
|Tuesday||11:30 am‑11 pm|
|Wednesday||11:30 am‑11 pm|
|Thursday||11:30 am‑11 pm|
|Friday||11:30 am‑11 pm|
|Saturday||11:30 am‑11 pm|
|Sunday||11:30 am‑10:30 pm|