The 10 best places to dine in art galleries and museums
Now the museum/art gallery dining room is as exciting as the post exhibition shop
Cleverly the Tate Modern Restaurant on the ninth floor of the new Blavatnik Building has a special Picasso inspired menu to accompany the Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy exhibition.
Created by chef Josh Atashroo's research – primarily from a Vogue interview with Picasso in 1984 detailing his favourite foods – the menu enticingly reflects the different regions of France and Spain where Picasso spent his time,as well as the vagaries of his financial situation and his love affairs.
Bacon crapiaux, andouillette sausage and mustard reference the time Picasso spent in Paris dining at restaurant Lapin Agile, where he was commissioned to paint a harlequin for the walls in return for meals and credit for the mural. His favourite dish there was a potato cake on which this dish is based.
Roast rabbit leg with chickpeas and sobrasada refers to the time Picasso spent back in Spain when he was subsisting on chickpeas. Likewise the bean and vegetable dish was one of Picasso's favourites in impoverished times, though when he was feeling flush he liked to add smoked eel, as diners can do here.
The squid, pepper and black rice dish celebrates happy times exploring the seafood stalls on the Catalonia coast, and Picasso's love affair with Francoise Gilot conducted on the French Riveria where they often gorged on seafood.
A special £39.50 ticket includes 2 courses and entry to the exhibition with sommelier's choice of wine an additional £8.00.
The Picasso meal is available daily 12pm-3.30pm, bookable in advance and on Friday evenings too.