Upscale British-European Restaurant
Category : Restaurant
| Cuisine : British
Address : 110 Great Portland St, Fitzrovia, London, W1W 6PQ, UNITED KINGDOM - Directions
Web : www.picturerestaurant.co.uk
Opening Times : Mon–Sat: 12pm – 2:30pm / 6pm – 10:30pm
Closest Tube : Great Portland Street, Goodge Street
Private Dining Room : Details
Picture just happens to be right around the corner from our office, and it‘s a testament to how confident Fitzrovia is becoming as a foodie destination, with credible restaurateurs from across the globe singling it out as the new Soho. One of the most recent to join the band of high-end restaurants is Picture, which is perched smack bang in the centre of Great Portland Street, with a second site recently opened in Marylebone. We popped by the original on a Thursday evening to apprise ourselves of the situation, and were duly impressed by its self-assured service and cooking.
Spearheaded by Alan Christie and Colin Kelly, who formerly manned the kitchens in Anthony Demetre‘s Michelin-starred bistros Arbutus and Wild Honey, they‘ve put together a cannily-priced product that will tantalise the tastebuds without breaking the bank. The long, narrow dining room is an exercise in stripped-back modernism, with a soothing gunmetal-grey colour palette and a collection of beautiful yet unobtrusive art.
This allows the food to come into the foreground. We commenced our dinner with rolls baked so freshly that they emitted a small nebula of steam when broken in hand, as well as beef bites - beef cheek croquettes served on a skewer with a dollop of sriracha. The menu is separated into three categories for mains with three options each: veggie, fish and meat. We made our way through it accordingly, beginning with and excellent dish of charred yet crisp tenderstem broccoli and Ligurian tomato, dressed with a Caesar mayonnaise. It was a real joy, but we were arguably even more taken with a ravioli of bitter greens with caramelised onion and a nutty Pecorino.
For our fish courses we indulged in grilled stone bass served with merguez sausage, charred cauliflower and a lovely salsa verde - a very fresh combination of flavours with a salty snap coming through from the lamb sausage. Cod with girolle mushrooms, sweetcorn and gnocchi was pure butteriness - kind of like the edible version of a good Chardonnay.
28 day aged beef rump with a bone marrow crumb and red wine sauce evinced French indulgence at its finest, whilst Daphne lamb‘s neck with heritage tomato, aubergine and smoked olive was a loving tribute to the Mediterranean. For dessert we shared a chocolate mousse with English strawberries, milk jam and amaranth popcorn - a work of Modern British art.