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.
Spring vegetable cracker, cream of egg & Dartmoor flowers
Crispy chicken skins, liver parfait, candied walnuts & muscat grapes.
Kohlrabi parcels with trout & oyster emulsion, dusted with powdered raspberry.
Tuna crudo with cucumber, burnt chives & homemade buttermilk:
- Wye Valley asparagus, morels, hen egg yolk & herb sauce
6) Slow-cooked lamb shoulder, with sorrel and mushroom parfait and sautéed mushrooms.
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.
113 Great Portland Street
London W1W 6QQ
Tel: 020 7436 3261
Opening hours: 12pm-2.30pm, 6-10pm, Mon-Sat