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One of my favourite bars is definitely Sketch, all its different rooms, 5 bars and restaurants, styles, mental toilets, even a Michelin star restaurant The Lecture Room & Library, all that under one roof. So I couldn't pass the occasion to take Roberto and Eliana there. 

The dog
Ready to play
Most of the time I go to the east bar, but this time we got to The Parlour for Afternoon Tea, one of the best in London, Louise XV seating, including caviar and quail egg sandwich, pastries, the classic macaroons, and assortment of cakes. 

The Parlour
The Menu
The afternoon tea included smoked salmon and Jacob’s cream, cucumber ricotta and asparagus, ham butter and Dijon mustard, and the quail egg mayonnaise and caviar. The sandwiches were quite nice. Scones were great served with clotted cream, citrus marmalade, and raspberry jam. Pastries, pink macaroon, blueberry éclair, pistachio curd and raspberry shortbread, salted homemade caramel, yuzu and macadamia tartlet, strawberry and vanilla tartlet, and marshmallows. 

The Tea
The Afternoon Tea
The presentation was great the flavours were really nice, excellent afternoon tea. 

2001 Space Odyssey
Tea reminds me the Seinfeld episode “The Opposite” 

George: It became very clear to me sitting out there today, that every decision I've ever made, in my entire life, has been wrong. My life is the complete opposite of everything I want it to be. Every instinct I have, in every of aspect of life, be it something to wear, something to eat, It's all been wrong, everywhere 
Waitress : Tuna on toast, coleslaw, cup of coffee 
George: Yeah. No, no, no, wait a minute, I always have tuna on toast. Nothing's ever worked out for me with tuna on toast. I want the complete opposite of on toast. Chicken salad, on rye, un-toasted with a side of potato salad and a cup of tea 
Elaine: Well, there's no telling what can happen from this 
Jerry: You know chicken salad is not the opposite of tuna, salmon is the opposite of tuna, because salmon swim against the current, and the tuna swim with it 
George: Good for the tuna

Sketch (The Parlour)
T: 020 7659 4500
Modern European Cuisine
Approx Damage: £50pp
Area: Mayfair
Borough: City of Westminster
Twitter: ParlourLondon
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Anonymous said...

I was very excited to try this place for my birthday. I wanted to have a birthday dinner here with perhaps 12 guests. Unfortunately, Sketch apparently does not think that it is worth their while to allow for “larger bookings” for anything remotely close to Valentine’s Day (my birthday is on the 17th of February). After exchanging emails about dates, numbers, and sharing the fact that this is a BIG birthday (30), I received this reply:

“Thank you very much for getting back to me so quickly. Unfortunately having looked in the diary over the dates you have enquired about we are not taking large bookings over the Valentines Day weekend as we are reserving the space for smaller parties. We regrettably therefore on this occasion would not be able to offer you anything.”

I think the restaurant is extremely misguided in doing so, and they forget that group parties can bring in new customers. Further, I find it insulting that they assume they need to cater only to couples on that particular weekend. My party includes a mix of singles and couples, many of whom may find Valentine’s a bit tedious.

When did restaurants start to dictate how we ought to be spending specific weekends?

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