Chef Ali Magic
Extra Ingredient On Sketch Menu
Brunch and lunch customers at Sketch in the Imperial Hotel can expect some delicious surprises in the weeks and months ahead. The menu was always attractive but now you can add in the Ali Honour contribution, the X factor that the well-known chef displayed in abundance at her city centre venue Ali’s Kitchen.
Ali has just been appointed Executive Head Chef at the Imperial. The comfortable and eye-catching Sketch was the venue last Friday for a media preview of what to expect, an event that also marked the first birthday of Sketch.
|Hash Royal with Goatsbridge trout|
“That year has flown by,” said enthusiastic GM Bastien Peyraud as he welcome his guests for the lunchtime tasting. My highlight from the menu was the Hash Royal featuring Goatsbridge Trout with Potato, Poached Egg and Hollandaise sauce, all in its own saucepan!
On their already famous birdcage (used mostly for Afternoon Tea) came a Savoury French Toast (with Creamy Mushrooms, Spinach and Gruyere). And then there was the Cork Monsieur, Ali’s take on the iconic French snack with the superb O’Connell ham, Béchamel and Gruyere. Local produce is be supported on the new menu and next up was the Corn Fritter with Pea Purée, Mint Yoghurt and Ardsallagh Feta.
|Anyone for steak?|
The finish was quite a delight. The Toffee Apple Chia Pot was quite the treat, a well judged combination of the toffee and the crunchy apple itself. And I lingered long over the other dessert, the Sweet French Toast with seasonal compote, vanilla mascarpone and hazelnut crumble. I may well be ordering that again next time I’m in (which will be soon!).
We had a lovely start as well with an alcohol free Cocktail and an Ardsallagh Crispy Goats Cheese with Romesco, an amuse bouche that certainly engaged the taste-buds, alerting them ready for the delight to come.
|The Cork Monsieur. O’Connell’s Ham, Bechamel, Gruyere|
Ali herself came out for a chat and she didn’t let us go away empty handed, everyone happy to head off into the afternoon sunshine with one of her renowned Cinnamon Buns. Went down well at home with a late afternoon coffee!
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Poached Egg, Hummus, Tenderstem Broccoli, Quinoa, Roast Peppers, Onions,
Sweet Potato, Salad, Herb Dressing