During our visit We were given a show round but the lovely staff who explained to us that the restaurant is actually called Pictures as the hotel is built in an old 1920s cinema, hence the black & white framed film star photographs all over the walls.
The restaurant is very tastefully decorated, it’s stylish and elegant with luxurious silver velvet chairs which was probably the most comfortable restaurant chair I have ever sat in.
We settled down at our table, and I was sold right from the moment we received the fresh warm brown bread and a chilled glass of the house white wine.
The friendly staff were very helpful in giving their recommendations on their favourites from the menu and told us so much about the restaurant, making us feel very welcome and relaxed.
To start I had potted duck salad with chargrilled ciabatta (£8.50). The ciabatta was absolutely delicious with the confit duck spread liberally across it. The salad was tasty and fresh although I wasn’t very keen on the apple and grape chutney, but then again this is each to everyone’s taste!
Karl went for the Crispy calamari in green coriander dressing (£8.50). When this dish arrived it looked completely different to how we expected but we were pleasantly surprised. The calamari was so crispy with so much flavour and so much better than any other calamari we have tasted before!
For main course we both decided to go for the 28 Day dry aged Cattleman’s 8oz Striploin which comes served with Portobello mushroom, cherry vine tomatoes and skinny fries (£20.50). I’d never had striploin before so was really interested to try it.
We both loved this dish however found the striploin was a bit fatty but apart from that, it was wonderful and we both cleared our plates and it was a very generous portion. The Portobello mushroom was so juicy and the chips so crisp and fluffy.
To finish, Karl went for Apple tart with vanilla bean ice cream (£6.50) and I had Pistachio chocolate brownie with raspberry ice cream (£6.50).
The apple tart was really tasty and well presented although he felt this would have tasted better a bit warmer.
The chocolate brownie was perfect, it arrived warm and smothered in delicious chocolate sauce, a chocoholics dream.
We had a wonderful evening at Pictures and it’s great to know of somewhere to dine so close to Shepherds Bush Empire when we are next in the area for a concert!
You can view the menu here.
Pictures at Dorsett
58 Shepherd’s Bush Green