In a Grade II listed building, overlooking Shepherd’s Bush Common, is the newly opened 8-storey Dorsett Hotel. Sister hotel to others in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore, this hotel has the wow factor as soon as you walk in. The minimalist and modern, yet elegant, reception and lounge area is where you will be greeted and shown through to the restaurant.
The restaurant itself, Pictures, is a beautiful, long and light room, furnished with very luxurious and comfortable crushed velvet armchairs at each table. On a very grey Sunday afternoon, we were able to sit by the window and watch from our comfy, dry seats, as the rain poured down outside. The menu here is a real mix of distinctly British dishes alongside dishes taking inspiration from the hotel’s sister branches in Asia.
For our starters, we chose Popiah, traditional Malaysian spring rolls, and Sotong Goreng, crispy baby squid. The portions are large, so you will definitely need to skip breakfast for this lunch! The Popiah were full of crunchy, sweet vegetables with a crisp pastry casing, accompanied by a sweet chilli dipping sauce, which gave a good subtle kick.
The crispy baby squid was coated in coriander and green peppercorn sauce. The squid itself was most definitely not rubbery, as can be the case in some instances. It was tender on the inside, whilst having a crunch on the outside, thanks to a flavoursome coating.
Again for our main courses, we chose two of the Asian dishes from the menu. The first was Malay claypot rice; a rice dish with chicken, Chinese sausage, and mushroom. This was a delicious and warming dish on such a rainy day, packed with tender meat and sticky rice. The dish was baked and served in a traditional claypot, which was a really nice touch in terms of presentation, evoking that traditional Malay feel.
The second main we ordered was a Char Keow Teow or, to you and me, fried flat noodles. These were some of the most delicious noodles I’ve had, with an incredibly soft and tender texture. Even when quickly filling up, I had to keep going back in for more. Beansprouts, eggs, Chinese chives, soy sauce and oyster sauce were all stirred through the noodles.
We reached our dessert course, and switched things up to British dishes. While my dining partner ordered the obligatory chocolate brownie, I opted for an apple tarte tatin. We both agreed that this particular tarte tatin was one of the best desserts we’d had anywhere. The warm apple was soft and sweet, the pastry buttery and flaky; the flavours and textures worked perfectly together.
The brownie was also no disappointment. Its rich gooey middle was bursting with pistachio nuts and rich chocolate, while raspberries and vanilla ice cream cut through with some freshness. This is a big dessert, so make sure to leave room!
If none of the Asian dishes we had tickle your taste buds, don’t forget there are still the more traditional options of fish & chips, burgers, sausage & mash, and steak to tempt you or accompanying friends and family. It’s the perfect place if you are with a group of people with differing tastes!
Pictures at Dorsett Shepherds Bush
58 Shepherds Bush Green, London, W12 8QE