Perfectly positioned overlooking the famous London skyline, The Portrait Restaurant at The National Portrait Gallery is an engaging place to spend a couple of hours. 93 feet above Trafalgar Square, Admiral Nelson faces away from us towards Big Ben, Whitehall and the more modern London Eye.
The restaurant is operated by the chain Searcy's, with head chef Katarina Todosijevi feeding the 80-seat dining area. The restaurant has windows spanning across the front of the building, meaning all tables can admire the view.
The menu is reasonably priced, offering a pre-theatre menu with three courses and a Bellini for £23.50 and a set menu priced at £35 for three courses and a Bellini.
The smoked salmon was fresh and light and presented on a simple, clutter-free plate. This was followed by a sumptuous goats cheese and caramelised red onion tart, accompanied by firm and sweet port-glazed figs with a unifying raspberry dressing. To finish, the Elderflower crème brûlée was begging to be cracked to reveal its creamy layer and was complimented by raspberry sorbet and brandy snaps.