May 11, 2018
Located on a fairly non-descript stretch of Great Portland Street, a short stroll north of Oxford Circus, Picture is a contemporary British restaurant serving some of the tastiest and most creative small plates around. The room is narrow and plain to the point of austere, decorated with lots of concrete with a bar area at the front of the room. The real invention lies on your plate and in your glass. Their house cocktail is a beautifully presented and refreshing confection involving Prosecco, lemon and mint, garnished with flowers. Other cocktail options include a clementine bellini and a prune-infused negroni and they also stock a wide range of gins, including a rich, ripe damson gin. You can either go a la carte or opt for the six course tasting menu. What really marks Picture apart is that they also serve a vegetarian version of their tasting menu (for a frankly excellent £30 a head) full of seasonally inspired dishes. The menu kicks off with some batons of brilliant bread – a crisp little loaf apiece – accompanied by a soothing winter veloute. While the menu perhaps gets texturally repetitious at times, there were a lot of root vegetables, the stand-out dishes include a perfectly cooked quivering hen’s egg served on top of a celeriac marmalade and a trio of earthy ravioli served with chestnut and winter greens. The dessert, an air-light chocolate mousse with clementine was a glorious way to end things. We also need to talk about the wines. The list was well thought-out with some excellent reds, a full, fruity malbec and a delicious rioja crianza standing out. We capped things off with a glass of Sauternes – well, it would be rude not to. From what we saw, the meat and fish dishes looked equally accomplished and the prices are very, very reasonable for cooking of this calibre. Service was friendly and attentive throughout, and we have every intention of recommending it to all our veggie friends, hell, to all our friends.