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Chefs Alan Christie and Colin Kelly, plus manager Tom Slegg, have defected from multi-gonged Arbutus and Wild Honey to open their own neighbourly gaff – a stylishly stark space with a blindingly
bright atrium, grey-washed walls, retro furnishings and wire-framed lights. The kitchen majors on ‘visibly fresh’, globally inspired sharing plates notable for their arty presentation and ‘really
cool’ ideas: sole ceviche with cucumber and sea lettuce; ravioli of Italian greens, ricotta and fennel; crisp Lebanese chicken with yoghurt, sumac and pomegranate; and a show-stopping slow-poached
egg with mushroom marmalade. Desserts also come up trumps – the chocolate mousse with cherries and honeycomb is ‘to die for’. Staff are genuinely welcoming, keen and helpful, everything on the wine
list is available by the glass, and the £15 three-course lunch is ‘almost too good to be believed’. The only bugbears are high decibels allied to ‘terrible acoustics’.
Fitzrovia is that place you pass through in a taxi. Unless you work for one of the trendy companies in the area, there really is no other reason to go. So it’s hardly the first destination you think of for dinner. Of course there’s a handful of great places to eat in the area, like Roka and Lima, but they’re all grouped together over by Charlotte Street. Picture stands alone on Great Portland St, and at 7.15 on a Friday night, we arrived to a fairly quiet restaurant, and I was worried that it wasn’t going to be an evening sort of place. For the first 45 minutes we were one of only a handful of tables in there, but thankfully by 8 the place had filled up and had a lively buzz.First up credit needs to go to the team behind this place. Three young guys who started out at the Arbutus Group have obviously really learnt their trade...
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Cooking that makes you smile – this informal Fitzrovia restaurant is not to be overlooked. Paddy and I had delayed and rearranged our lunch date so many times I have honestly lost count. Social Eating House had been our original restaurant of choice, (but then they went and got a Michelin star so reservations became dramatically hard to come by), so in truth, Picture was my back up. But wow what a back up. Even though I had heard very good things about this little Fitzrovian, I wasn’t expecting to enjoy myself nearly as much as I did...
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Picture is the first restaurant venture by three chaps who used to work together for the Arbutus group (they own Arbutus, Les Deux Salon and Wild Honey). Colin and Alan head up the kitchen while Tom runs the front of house.It’s situated at the quieter end of Fitzrovia and during our Saturday lunch visit there were only a couple of fellow diners present which seemed surprising. The dining room was a simple but stylish space; there was a long bar by the front and tables at the back which were flooded with natural light. Even though it was empty it had a pleasant atmosphere...
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Picture is a small, vibrant and minimal restaurant located right in Fitzrovia, serving delicious British inspired European dishes with the philosophy of sharing through tapas size offerings.Picture was recently awarded a Bib Gourmand on the UK 2014 Michelin guide that showcases restaurant with great food at affordable prices. Like the format of tapas restaurant, the menu is categorised in food groups such as vegetables, meat, seafood follow by a dessert section...
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An Englishman, an Irishman and a Scotsman leave the safety of a cliché to start a restaurant of their own. Tom Slegg, Colin Kelly and Alan Christie – three ex-Arbutus Group employees – have opened Picture, yet another venue that joins the ranks of the open-the-dictionary-at-random school of naming. Whilst the folks over at Story (see what I mean) have their customers leave behind a favourite read, I dreaded to think what over-the-top act we’d have to do at Picture. Bring some watercolours and an easel? Get our kit off for their life-drawing class?...
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Grabbing a reasonably quick but good quality sit-down meal in London can be tricky. Whether you want to treat yourself during your lunch break or need to catch a show or the last train home, it’s often necessary to resort to pre/post-theatre set menus or cheap and nasty chains. Picture shows that doesn’t have to be the case though. On both of my quiet weekday visits I was in and out in an hour, with dishes coming out in quick succession. If the kitchen can maintain that level of performance when the place is packed out, then they deserve kudos just for that...
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