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Tom Sellers’ cutting-edge restaurant has made an impact from its opening sentence, swiftly winning a Michelin star. His Story appears divertingly domestic, with a stone-clad open kitchen, simple furniture, and bookcases referencing the venture’s name. But the young chef’s time at Copenhagan superstar Noma is evident from his highly “inventive” culinary approach and acute detailing. Whether you’re sampling intricate appetisers or a tasting menu, a meal is a relentlessly energetic experience where the team delight in bemusing diners with such dishes as ‘heritage potato, radish and coal’ or ‘fallow deer, yeast and dandelion’. At one point a candle on the table is revealed to be made from beef dripping, at another we’re given a mystery drink. Seamless, engaging and impeccably timed service is a high point, while flavours and textures are as enjoyable as they are exciting. A sense of fun underpins the entire event: from preface to conclusion.

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  1. After postponing my visit for over a year since it opened in April 2013, I finally made it to Tom Sellers' Restaurant Story with my cousin, Vivienne, who was visiting for the weekend. There was no particular occasion to celebrate, but I always find an excuse for a naughty treat, and what better way to catch up with family than over some good food...We made our way from London Bridge station and just about spotted it from afar, slightly confused about the location of the entrance and made a full circle before finding the entrance. Silly me, hopefully nobody was watching (!)It was a sunny day outside, and lovely rays...
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  1. Published : Thursday, 30 May 2013

    Sybaricious :: Restaurant Story by Tom Sellers

    So Restaurant Story is all about telling a story is it? Their "dream is for all guests to leave a book at Story, which will remain there to evoke the inspiration in others that we hope our food will evoke in you"? In which case I'm going to start this post off by telling a short story of my own then. One about the history of food. Are you sitting comfortably? Good, then I'll begin...In the beginning when cavemen wandered the earth chasing dinosaurs and throwing spears and the such like, food was a means to an end, it filled their tummies and gave them energy. At some point some bright spark must have realised that...
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  1. Published : Thursday, 30 May 2013

    Sybaricious :: Restaurant Story by Tom Sellers

    So Restaurant Story is all about telling a story is it? Their "dream is for all guests to leave a book at Story, which will remain there to evoke the inspiration in others that we hope our food will evoke in you"? In which case I'm going to start this post off by telling a short story of my own then. One about the history of food. Are you sitting comfortably? Good, then I'll begin...In the beginning when cavemen wandered the earth chasing dinosaurs and throwing spears and the such like, food was a means to an end, it filled their tummies and gave them energy. At some point some bright spark must have realised that...
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  1. Published : Wednesday, 12 June 2013

    Fd Over LDN :: Let me tell you a Story

    The aesthetics of the place is very original - down to the lettering and illustrations on the menu and the cutlery. The location is very unusual too, as there aren't too many top restaurants operating on Tooley Street, in between the fairy tale-like Tower Bridge and London Bridge, the eponymous subject of that famous children's nursery rhyme. The design is a bit more on trend; all Scandinavian, sleek lines of wood...
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  1. As the name of the restaurant indicates, restaurant Story tells a story through it’s dishes. The menu offers the choice between 2 tasting courses (6 course tasting menu at £45 per person and 10 course tasting menu at £65 per person). The cuisine is best described as ‘naturalistic British’ (somewhat comparable to...
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  1. Restaurant Story resides in a sort of a modern “Traffic Island Pavilion” close to Tower Bridge. A “Pavilion” is basically a free-standing structure, whose architecture makes it an object of pleasure. Large or small, there is usually a connection between the structure and the idea of relaxation and pleasure in its intended use (from Wikipedia), Restaurant Story follows the above IMG_0257architectural definition to the letter, including the fact that a pavilion is built to take advantage of the surrounding view glazed all around with the Shard in the background. The interiors feel warm and inviting, the open plan kitchen...
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  1. Published : Sunday, 30 June 2013

    little swallow : china doll :: Story, London Bridge

    Story is a restaurant where chef Tom Sellers has "created a personal journey through food". I love this sentiment, as you can probably imagine, so couldn't wait to try it on Friday.

    After lighting our candle, an array of pre-story time snacks arrived quicker than we could blink.

    Once thoroughly warmed up, the accompaniments to our candle arrived - made of beef dripping, the signature dish was definitely a hit along with the smokey fresh bread...
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  1. Published : Thursday, 13 June 2013

    Mrs Petticoat :: Restaurant Story, London

    When I heard about Restaurant Story, a book themed restaurant opening in London, I got that misty eyed glaze that all daydreamers like me have in their repertoire (some think I’ve gone bogeyed, but I assure you, that’s a wistful gaze.) There’s been a small backlash against the theme, some calling it ‘twee’, a few making accusations of style over substance, others have ‘gagged’ at the suggestion diners bring a favourite book with them. I wanted to see for myself, so off I went, book in hand, singing ‘We’re going to Restaurant Story’ to the theme of Never Ending Story all the way...
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  1. Situated on the site of a now demolished public lavatory near Tower Bridge, Story immediately stands out from its neighbours thanks to its handsome wood panelling and floor-to-ceiling glass windows. These windows not only give a view of the small but picturesque lawn out front, but also of the Shard in the distance. The high ceiling and the light streaming in through the big windows makes the small dining room feel airy and much larger than it actually is. Story’s interior decorators couldn’t resist the dreaded bare concrete floors though, which meant that sound bounced off them helping create a relatively noisy dining...
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  1. Published : Saturday, 8 June 2013

    SamTheFoodFan :: Restaurant Story

    Tom Sellers’ CV reads something like a who’s who of the restaurant world. Having turned up on the doorstep of Tom Aikens with no formal training and then moving on two years later to Thomas Keller’s Per se in New York; René Redzepi’s Noma in Copenhagen and then back to London at Adam Byatt’s Trinity restaurant (for me one of the most under-rated restaurants in London!); he certainly has had a wealth of experience in some of the top restaurants in the world. All of that and he’s only 26 years old! A more focused and determined young man you would be hard-pushed to find.

    Restaurant Story is his first solo...
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  1. Published : Tuesday, 23 April 2013

    Samphire and Salsify :: Restaurant Story

    Restaurant Story is the creation of 26 year old chef Tom Sellers, who has worked for the likes of Tom Aikens and Thomas Keller in New York. The restaurant is housed in a former toilet block near Tower Bridge (not that you’d know it now) and the concept is a rather unusual one. When booking you’re asked to bring along a book with you and leave it behind along with your reason for choosing it. This is to help “share not only ours but your story too”. As I’ve never actually fully read a book...
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  1. Published : Friday, 17 January 2014

    The food chambers :: Restaurant Story, London

    Tom Sellers, the chef behind Story has brought an eclectic feel of old and new together in this wonderful concept near London Bridge.

    There is purpose, explanation and depth to each course. The presentation lures you in and the taste can be something polar opposite and explode in your mouth, the Razor Clam comes to mind here. All deliver a pleasant surprise and create an entertaining experience trying to pick out each individual flavour...
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  1. Published : Tuesday, 8 October 2013

    vialaporte :: Restaurant Story* // Southwark // London

    Before starting his own Restaurant Story, Tom Sellers worked with some famous folk including Tom Aikens and René Redzepi. Now running his own establishment, this modern Southwark dining room sits on an odd crossroad and gazes across to a uniquely London view.

    No doubt you’ll have heard of the gimmick that starts all of his meals-off. Interesting, certainly inventive, challenging maybe. Some people will be amazed by Sellers’s candle made-out of beef dripping and others will find this to be a bit of pageantry. The result is that the salty fat melts, which you sop-up with some good quality bread. Surprisingly,...
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  1. Published : Friday, 29 May 2015

    inher30s :: Restaurant Story | inher30s

    The comparison most often levelled at Tom Sellers’ Restaurant Story is that it’s another Fat Duck, albeit cheaper and located in Central London. To write Sellers off as just another Heston copycat is to offer him a great injustice I think and not to appreciate what he’s achieved with Restaurant Story on its own merits. Sure there are similarities, both subscribe to the science experiment method of cooking and both like to tell a story through their food in more literal terms than all those dreadful ‘let me tell you the concept of my sharing plates’, but they have their own touches of genius. Read on and see if...
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  1. This story starts like so… last Friday night I took a certain someone out for a birthday dinner at a surprise location, a much-lauded establishment that has been on our hit-list whiteboard for some time- Restaurant Story. This is where I usually launch into my tale before telling you about the dishes, what we liked, what we didn’t, what we would eat again, you know the drill, but the truth is, I am lost for words. The theatrics of the Full Story experience, the military precision with which we were served, the creativity of the food, the meticulous beauty of each plate, my story telling skills have been trumped by...
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Tom Sellers

Tom Sellers’ talent was spotted in the kitchen of his local pub when he was just 16. It was recognised again in 2012 when he made the last round of the inaugural ‘Young British Foodies’. The twentysomething has an enviable CV that includes stints with Tom Aikens, René Redzepi and Thomas Keller in New York. More recently, he left Trinity in Clapham to realise his dream, opening Restaurant Story in 2013.

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