Fantastic flavour combinations in a really relaxed atmosphere, this is what it’s like eating at Picture Marylebone, my new favourite restaurant in London!
I can’t even begin to tell you how happy I get when I discover a new restaurant serving up exquisite food. Well, Picture Restaurant made me feel like a kid at Christmas again and it has quickly shot to the top as one of my favourite restaurants in London.
I’ve been meaning to eat at Picture Restaurant for a while now. Even though it doesn’t have a Michelin star, you’ll be hard pushed to find a bad review of this place.
When I was looking for somewhere to take my girlfriend for her birthday, I came across a fantastic deal on Bookatable. A 6-course tasting menu with a winter Bellini on arrival for just £35? Sign me up!
Even though the restaurant is quite small in Marylebone (they serve around 40 covers), it’s a really relaxed and easy-going atmosphere. They really want you to focus on the food so it’s all about comfort as opposed to rich décor which can sometimes be intimidating.
When the menu came around, at the top was a little game bite for an extra £1 – I mean, I just couldn’t say no to that.
From that very first bite to the chocolate mousse at the end, every mouthful was a delight. In fact, I would say it’s the best meal I’ve had all year – a big accolade that one!
I really can’t recommend Picture Restaurant enough. To give you a little taster of what it’s like eating here, this is my review of Picture Restaurant!
Course 1 – Roast winter vegetable soup, bay leaf and thyme
I often find soups quite a boring way to start a meal but this one was on another level. The winter vegetables were very nutty and deliciously seasoned. More than any other dishes I found this one perfectly encapsulates what Picture is all about. The dish doesn’t look like much but boy does it pack flavour.
Course 2 – Salad of charlotte potatoes, goat’s curd, mustard seeds, kohlrabi
The humble potato. I think all chefs find it difficult elevating a potato to new dimensions but this was a great bridge from the soup to the richly decadent foie gras that followed. The balance of textures between soft goat’s curd, the potatoes with a bit of bite and the crispy kohlrabi was lovely. However, I would’ve liked a little more pickled onion across the top to cut through everything.
Course 3 – Chicken liver and foie gras parfait, celeriac, pickled trompettes, pear
Foie gras is dish that always polarises people and my girlfriend opted to give this one a miss (she had pumpkin ravioli instead). What can I say, she missed out! This was my favourite course by a country mile and was probably the best foie gras dish I’ve ever had. Obviously it was incredibly rich and at times I felt like Henry the 8th but it was a marriage of flavours. So so so delicious.
Course 4 – Salmon rillettes, roast baby beets, horseradish, watercress
This dish was a classic combination of salmon and beetroot. However, it was a dish full of surprises too with baby capers and salmon roe adding a bit of zing to the plate. Also, there was a very earthy beetroot puree that brought the dish together and mini-crostinis gave some much needed texture.
Course 5 – Cornbury Park venison, black and white pudding, parsnip, lentils
I felt like this was the perfect dish for Christmas. The venison was perfectly cooked and pink in the middle and there were some really nice wintery spices running through everything. There was also a fair amount of apple on the dish that cut through the richness of it all.
Course 6 – Dark chocolate mousse, banana, salted caramel crumble
Another classic flavour combination. I mean, who doesn’t love banoffee pie!? If you’re not full by this point then this is the one that’ll put you to bed. Still, a fantastic finish to the meal.
As you can tell from the ingredients and the menu, the food at Picture is incredibly rich and decadent, but that’s kinda the point.
What I loved about Picture is it’s understated. The décor is clean, the ingredients are fairly simple, yet the amount of flavour they pack into small plates is unbelievable. Everything is just so damn tasty and it really suited my palette. In fact, every plate of food I saw around me was almost licked clean so I wasn’t the only one!
Also, at £35 for a 6-course tasting menu from Bookatable, it’s an absolute steal. It really is such good value for money.
As I said, I can’t recommend this place highly enough and I really hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
What is the price of Picture Marylebone?
There are a number of different menus on offer at Picture Restaurant.
- 6-course Winter Menu – £45
- 6-course Winter Menu – (Vegetarian Selection) £45
- The Light Lunch (changes daily) – £19 Two Courses, £23 Three Courses
- Al la carte menu – prices vary from £10 to £16 per dish
One thing I would say is always check the website. I’ve noticed there are a few deals on Bookatable and on Picture’s website too.
For example, there’s an offer for ‘Two-for-one Tasting Menus’ every Friday lunchtime running at the moment.
Where is Picture Marylebone?
Found on New Cavendish Street, Picture restaurant in London is a 9-minute walk from Bond Street Tube Station.
Here’s a little map to help you find it and here’s the address too:
19 New Cavendish St,
020 7935 0058
You can still get some great Festive Dining menus running into January so make sure you head on over to Bookatable to see what offers are on at the moment.
Where is your favourite restaurant in London? I would love to know so let me know in the comments below!
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