Picture Restaurant

Unassuming, Charming and Quietly Confident

Some restaurants really come to life at night, and this rings true for Picture, an unassuming, quietly confident restaurant on Great Portland Street in Fitzrovia.

With its light industrial look of metal chairs, distressed walls and low lighting, the restaurants, is, in its own way, as pretty as a Picture.

Picture Restaurant, Fitzrovia

The menu at Picture restaurant is mainly modern European with other influences, with small plates designed to be shared, although the 6 course tasting menu at £35 is incredibly good value and hard to turn down.

A satisfying, if rather small, squash veloute had a bit of a kick and gave a warming autumnal embrace to start our evening.

Grilled tenderstem broccoli at Picture Restaurant

Soft grilled tenderstem broccoli came with fresh goat’s curd with a citrus tang and a taste of plum tomatoes. This was followed by delicious lightly smoked pig cheek with braised celery, apple and hazelnuts; and then sea bream with puy lentils and fennel.

Smoked pigs cheek at Picture Restaurant

We were already well on our way to a memorable dinner, but the 28-day aged beef with curly kale and sweet potato was the highlight for me, with the ingredients working together beautifully.

Chocolate mousse wouldn’t be my first choice of dessert, but here, with a taste of banana and peanut butter ice cream, proved to be a surprising hit.

Chocolate mousse at Picture Restaurant

Cheese from La Fromagerie is available as an extra course for a £4 supplement and a six course vegetarian menu is available for £30. For the quality of cooking we witnessed, this really is excellent value.

The key to a successful restaurant is far more than just good food – the best restaurants are places you want to return to because you feel welcome, appreciated and made to feel at home. The service at Picture will ensure I do just that – service here is warm, friendly and helpful, and adds to the convivial atmosphere.

You could walk past Picture without ever realising it was there, but it would be a real shame not to stop at take a good look at this charming gem.

If you enjoyed this review of Picture restaurant, read some of our other recent restaurant reviews including Yauatcha, Lima Floral and Sketch.

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