[London] Lunch at Portland, Fitzrovia

Portland on 113 Great Portland Street in Fitzrovia is one of those small, Scandinavian-inspired (a la Noma) dining spaces which turns out simple but beautiful works of art on a plate - colourful little compositions which are surprisingly scrumptious.

Amuse geule is a delicate wisp of cabbage leaf, so ethereally light, the draft from a passing customer might cause it to fly off the plate. It’s dotted with smoked ricotta droplets and a dusting of herbs.

And before I forget - just have to mention that the sourdough bread was really, really good.

Starters:

  1. Spring vegetable cracker, cream of egg & Dartmoor flowers

  2. Crispy chicken skins, liver parfait, candied walnuts & muscat grapes.

  3. Kohlrabi parcels with trout & oyster emulsion, dusted with powdered raspberry.

  4. Tuna crudo with cucumber, burnt chives & homemade buttermilk:

  1. Wye Valley asparagus, morels, hen egg yolk & herb sauce

Main course
6) Slow-cooked lamb shoulder, with sorrel and mushroom parfait and sautéed mushrooms.

Dessert
7) Sheep’s yoghurt mousse, strawberries & wild sorrel

Petit fours - raspberry tartlet & fruit jelly.

Service is personable and attentive - this being such a small space anyway, one can’t miss a wink from anywhere in the room. Its current 1-Michelin-star rating very well-deserved.

Address
Portland
113 Great Portland Street
London W1W 6QQ
Tel: 020 7436 3261
Opening hours: 12pm-2.30pm, 6-10pm, Mon-Sat

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