Picture Marylebone is the second outpost of young, charming Tom Slegg’s well-established Fitzrovia restaurant of the same name. Having garnered a reputation for adventurous menus, sublime flavours and exquisite presentation, Tom has a lot to live up to with his new venture.
I love new restaurants – I love the shiny cutlery, the sparkling glassware, the smell of freshly honed wood and newly painted walls. And I love them even more when they have got it absolutely right, even at the beginning, which Picture has. Warm greeting as we entered, shown to a lovely table by the window (a bright spot even on a dull day), offered drinks and menus swiftly but not hurriedly. And oh what a menu.
There is a set lunch at £22 for three courses, a six-course tasting menu at £40 and an a la carte with dishes hovering around the £10 mark (smallish plates – it’s advisable to have around three each). We ordered 10 dishes between four of us – the entire menu, in fact, plus all three sides! A ravioli of caramelised onion with peas, a charred spiced cauliflower and a kind of deconstructed bruschetta with shaved feta paved the way for cod with tenderstem broccoli and white beans, hake brandade (mashed potato mixed with flaked fish – outstanding dish) with smoked haddock and red onion, stonebass with aubergine and orzo pasta. Then a meat course – 28-day aged beef with marrow crumb, melt-in-the-mouth lamb neck in a rich gravy, tender roast chicken with Portobello mushrooms and cavolo nero. Then there’s warm almond cake with frozen lemon thyme yoghurt, iced mascarpone parfait with strawberries and granola and dark chocolate mousse with salted caramel crumble.
And it has to be said, every single dish is as pretty as a picture.
9 New Cavendish Street, London W1G 9TZ
T: 020 7935 0058