Pretty as a picture, with a clean design and plenty of natural light from a huge atrium roof, this new restaurant draws you in with its good looks and smiling, welcoming staff. The menu’s on-trend too, with small sharing plates of seasonal and mostly British ingredients.
The simplest dishes were the straightforward assemblies: herring rollmops served with some simple colourful shards of veg, or a sliver of smoked eel with some pickled heritage carrots and beet. Not every dish hit the mark. Lebanese fried chicken wouldn’t win anyone over in the Deep South, and a dull barbecue sauce was no match for a baked cube of pig’s cheek. The lowest points of the meal were the desserts: a raspberry and almond tart was overcooked and dry, and blobs of coconut rice with more blobs of mushy mango was simply unappetising.
Despite uneven dishes, Picture still has much to recommend it. The staff were charming and on the ball, and the wine list offers lots of interesting and unusual wines by the glass, such as a rosé pinot noir from the Loire. A five-minute walk from Oxford Circus, Picture is an appealing place to pop into for a glass of wine and snack. Coffee and drinks are served all afternoon.