Restaurant Review: Portrait Restaurant

Where? A hidden gem on the top floor in the National Portrait Gallery, Portrait Restaurant serves modern British food on St Martin’s Place (Orange Street entrance on Friday and Saturday after 6pm), London WC2H 0HE.

When? It’s not a new opening, but the restaurant was refurbished earlier this year. We went on bright summer evening, perfect to get a clear look at the view.

What we ate? The changing menu has a fine dining feel with a modern and relaxed edge. To start, we went for the confit and pickled baby beetroot with goats’ curd and spiced pecans as well as the beef carpaccio, between the pair of us. Then gnocchi with spring veg and poached egg and plaice with pea, samphire and butter sauce. For dessert, it had to be the chocolate nemesis… The food was all about simple flavours that relied on the freshness and quality of the ingredients. Really great.

Food envy? I, of course, had a sneaky try of my partner’s plate but I will definitely go back to try the honeycomb parfait – it looked incredible.

What’s it like inside? The atmosphere is laidback but buzzy, and the staff were really friendly. The décor is modern, clean and white, maybe a little bit stark but the view is the star in that respect.


Any gossip? Head chef Steve Beadle says: “Our restaurant menu changes with the seasons, exploring exciting producers from across the UK to highlight the best of the British Isles.”

You’ll like it here if you like… Eating locally and with the seasons.

Starters from £8.50, mains from £17.50, desserts from £7.50