September 2019: the Picture restaurants in Fitzrovia and Marylebone are closing on October 5th; the owners say "the business is no longer viable".
A Marylebone sister restaurant for Fitzrovia's Picture, serving the same tasting menu and small plates formula - let's hope the cooking is as “epic” and as “good value” as at its counterpart by Broadcasting House.
Harden's survey result
“Simply presented but expertly prepared taste combinations that just make you want to come back” from a “limited-but-seasonal menu” are at the root of the success of this “relaxed and reliable” duo of Fitzrovia and Marylebone favourites. The chief gripe is that in each case “the interior lacks atmosphere”, but no-one thinks the situation is grievous.
“Together with The Portland, this group has made local dining worthwhile!” – So say Fitzrovia foodies, who applaud the “brilliant selection of small plates, good choice of wine and very friendly service” at these low-key but accomplished ventures, near Broadcasting House and in Marylebone. Even supporters concede that they are “a bit pricey” however, and that “the stripped back interiors and rather hard chairs will not be to everyone’s taste”.
“A bare dining room and small tasting plates – not everyone’s idea of a satisfying formula but to my taste well prepared and interesting!” This low-key but accomplished venture near Broadcasting House can be enjoyed via its tasting menu – “a steal (and marvellous)” – or “two of their small plates is perfect for a quick light bite with friends or for business”. It has a new Marylebone sibling too – one early report says it’s “a really good addition north of Oxford Street”.
Picture Marylebone Restaurant Diner Reviews
"We were unexcited by the small plates choices, but the larger courses were good value and enjoyable. A rather uninspiring dining room, though some famous faces came in as we were eating!"
"We had their 6 course lunch menu and were delighted with it. We guzzled our way through it for the best part of 3 hours and really enjoyed ourselves. This was absolutely brilliant value for a 6 course tasting menu."