Picture, Marylebone

I loved the first Picture; a restaurant on Great Portland Street serving attractively presented small plates. It helped that the 3 chaps who own it, Colin and Alan (in the kitchen) and Tom (front of house), are all really nice blokes. It was great then to see they were opening a second Picture, this time in Marylebone.

It’s a simple dining room with white walls and a hint of exposed brick and a few fancy light shades. The atmosphere was chilled and, much like you might expect for the area, filled with wealthy locals.

Picture Marylebone

As they were having a soft opening, and I am partial to a soft opening me, we took advantage of the 50% off food by ordering the 6 course tasting menu (ยฃ40).

The food was impressively good and surprisingly, as can often be the case with multi course meals, there were no duds. It started with a chilled red pepper soup which was perfect given the muggy weather. Charred cauliflower was next; a light dish made lighter by peas and sea purslane. It’s not often a plate of vegetables can really excite me but this was lush.

Picture Marylebone

Picture Marylebone

Lightly smoked pork was served with a mustardy potato salad. The slice of pig had a crisp exterior with little pockets of soft fat which was heavenly. A thick chunk of stone bass with peppers, tomatoes, aubergine and courgettes was a taste of the Mediterranean. 28 day aged bavette was a gloriously fatty piece of beef, with a texture similar to wagyu, cooked exquisitely.

Picture Marylebone

Picture Marylebone

Picture Marylebone

Cheese, from La Fromagerie round the corner, was an extra ยฃ9 for 3. Our favourite was the Tunworth which is always a crowd pleaser. And talking of pleasers, dessert was dark chocolate mousse with salted caramel; totally indulgent and just the right amount of “mmmm” to finish.

Picture Marylebone

Picture Marylebone

Service was sweet and efficient and considering they’ve only been open a week, it had the vibe of a restaurant that had been nestled into the neighbourhood for a lifetime. So it looks like the lovely folk of Marylebone are very lucky indeed to add Picture to their already brilliant local restaurant scene.

Would we go back? Yes.

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