Dining Meets Art at The Portrait

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Dining Meets Art at The Portrait

The Portrait Restaurant is situated on the third floor of the National Portrait Gallery, home to the largest collection of portraiture in the world. The restaurant boasts spectacular views of London's iconic landmarks and is situated just off St Martins Lane.

In July 2015, the restaurant launched a Ciros Club inspired menu to run alongside the Audrey Hepburn Portraits of an Icon exhibition celebrating the 65th Anniversary of this Hollywood siren appearing at Ciros (a lively London hotspot now home to the National Portrait's Study Room). When Miss Hepburn first performed at this vibrant venue, the original menu flaunted cocktails and an oyster and snack bar. In recognition of this, the Portrait was delighted to create a menu of champagne cocktails which includes Runiart Rose Champagne with rose pearls and tantalising snacks such as veal and ricotta meatballs.

In addition to the Ciros menu there are menus for Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, pre-theatre dinner, Sunday lunch and dinner. I'd thoroughly recommend the Chargrilled hanger steak which is cooked to your liking accompanied with triple cooked chips and bernaise sauce. If you have room for desert, the chocolate Nemesis is an indulgent chocolate cake served with crème fraiche which perfectly balances the dark chocolate. To drink, the seasonal Bellini which was Moroccan inspired is an absolute treat, the combination of bubbles and mint are simply divine.

The modern décor is complimented by the world renowned art contained in this historic building. The culinary delights that the Portrait offer can be enjoyed with a choice of taking in the view or admiring the art adorned on the walls while enjoying the ambient atmosphere.

The Portrait is open daily for lunch and Thursday to Saturday for dinner.