Last week we were interested to hear about the launch of a stylish celebration of earth’s seasonal bounty with French artist Patrick Laroche, and about the new vegetable dishes and cocktails at The Balcon. We popped in to see the exhibition over a delicious lunch.
The hotel will be hosting “Vegetables”, the latest exhibition by the French artist for the next few weeks which coincides with the British harvest season- illustrating Sofitel’s passion for both culture and gastronomy.
Jermyn Street: Edible Art Exhibition come to Sofitel London St James
Laroche’s outsized three-dimensional sculptures of brightly coloured vegetables will bring a contemporary and surreal presence to the Grade II listed building. As a fitting accompaniment, the hotel’s signature restaurant, The Balcon will offer new vibrant, vegetable dishes created by Head Chef, Vincent Ménager, combining fresh UK produce with French recipes.
Highlights of the menu include a delicate savoury madeleine, a delectable red pepper and tomato Octopus Basquaise and a surprisingly light parsnip and maple syrup cake. Sofitel London St James has also created the ‘Laroche Cocktail’: Inspired by the juxtaposition of Laroche’s work, The Balcon has fashioned a fresh cocktail with rosemary and basil ice cubes, cucumber, flavoursome Heirloom tomatoes and finished with a signature mushroom syrup, adding a very ‘umami’ dimension to enliven the palate.
Laroche first started sculpting aged just 15, and since then he has been distinguished by the coveted accolade of ‘Meilleur ouvrier de France’. Laroche is well renowned for his extravagant sculptures, which enlarge or reduce the natural form of objects. His interest in the vegetable form stems from the unique shapes and contours that are reflected in his work.