Picture: Small Plate Frenzy in Fitzrovia

Put an Englishman, and Irishman and a Scotsman together and you don’t just get a pretty picture, you get Picture Restaurant tucked away in Fitzrovia which opened in June 2013. How it stayed off my radar for so long is beyond me, I need to sharpen up my scouting skills, but it is worth the wait. It’s a wild Monday evening and I am a woman on a mission (to get a negroni). The Riding House Café’s windows are steamed up just like in the depths of winter. Being inside is very appealing right now; thankfully Picture is just around the corner. Darty, who’s been getting acquainted with the G&T menu at the bar, is on a G’vine when I barge in, disheveled brolly in hand. The chap at the desk welcomes me with the warmest smile and a negroni arrives promptly. Monday is looking up.

[![A Jackson Pollock.](https://verykerridotcom.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/picture-1.jpg?w=225)](https://verykerridotcom.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/picture-1.jpg)
Ahoy, Punchy Monday.
One of the affable owners, Tom, explains the lights are on the blink, and it is dark, not need-an-iPhone-to-read-the-menu dark, but dark enough to make any food photos look pretty grim so this post is all about painting pictures with words. The offering is a small plates affair divided into vegetable, fish and meat sections, very much like [64 Degrees](http://verykerri.com/2014/05/08/64-degrees-acutely-just-right/). There’s a six course tasting menu; remarkable value at just £35. Another wonderful thing is that Picture doesn’t charge corkage on Mondays, ahem. I’ve got a Chocolate Block in tow, but we choose to kick things off with a few glasses of white, a Riesling réserve being the standout.
[![The chocolate block that you can't just have one square of.](https://verykerridotcom.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/picture-2.jpg?w=225)](https://verykerridotcom.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/picture-2.jpg)
The sort of chocolate block that you can’t just have one square of.
From Darty’s grin, the Sourdough is good. I’m pleased to confirm the gluten free substitute is brown and nutty, as opposed to the white sliced pan type thing some places try to get away with. Recently, I was at an industry event and a slice of this dreadful stuff arrived, frozen. In other news, a spiced squash velouté is velvety and rich as it should be.
[![Abstract.](https://verykerridotcom.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/picture-3.jpg?w=300)](https://verykerridotcom.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/picture-3.jpg)
Abstract.
Packing ‘that’ desired crunch, grilled tenderstem broccoli is served with creamy goat’s curd and the freshest tomato concasse dappled with capers. Dish of the night. Stop press! A vegetarian dish, whatever will happen next.
[![It's crunch time.](https://verykerridotcom.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/picture-4.jpg?w=300)](https://verykerridotcom.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/picture-4.jpg)
Crunch time.
Flavour-packed pork cheek comes smoked with caramelised celery, apple purée and hazelnuts, I would’ve liked to see cobnuts show up to the party but hey ho, such is life.
[![Juicy little piggy cheek.](https://verykerridotcom.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/picture-5.jpg?w=300)](https://verykerridotcom.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/picture-5.jpg)
Juicy little piggy cheek.
Sea bream is probably my least favourite dish of the night. Don’t get me wrong, it was a hearty affair with puy lentils, fennel and turnip, just not anything to write home about. A chunky lemon wedge wouldn’t go astray.
[![Slightly forgettable sea bream](https://verykerridotcom.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/picture-6.jpg?w=225)](https://verykerridotcom.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/picture-6.jpg)
Slightly forgettable sea bream.
Honourable mention goes to the 28-day aged beef with some of my favourite things; curly kale, sweet pots and salsify. Get in.
[![A collectors item: 28-day aged abstract.](https://verykerridotcom.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/picture-7.jpg?w=300)](https://verykerridotcom.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/picture-7.jpg)
A 22-day aged collectors item.
Chocolate mousse with banana and peanut butter cream ends things on a (sickly) sweet note. Of course, Darty is doing somersaults about this but I’m yearning for a bit of filthy dark chocolate. Oh well, there’s always the Chocolate Block…

Five Very Kerri things about Picture

  1. BYO Mondays
  2. Value for money
  3. The wonderfully warm welcome
  4. Vibezzz
  5. Slick service