20 April 2014

Restaurant Story two stars

201 Tooley Street, London SE1 2UE

£70.00 British South Bank, Borough etc

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  • Wine: £23.00
  • Champagne: £75.00
  • Dinner: £35/45/£65 (3/6/10 courses)
  • Opening Hours: Tues-Sat 12N-4pm 6.30-11.30pm

Square Meal Review of Restaurant Story ?

Occupying the site of a former toilet block near Tower Bridge, whizz kid Tom Sellers’ fiercely ambitious debut is out to impress. The interior references Bermondsey’s heritage (Delft tiles, leather detailing) and it feels surprisingly homely, while the food reflects Sellers’ time in the kitchen at Noma and other starry venues. Although Story’s ‘bookish’ theme can seem a touch precious, Sellers throws down the gauntlet with an inventive 10-course menu full of wit, nostalgia and gastronomic wizardry. A stunning opening salvo involving a molten beef-dripping ‘candle’ sets the scene for a cavalcade of ‘unforgettable’ moments: an ultra-rich purée of heritage potato with asparagus, barley greens and inky-black ‘coal’ sauce; an English-style ceviche of scallops floating ‘like lily pads’ in a pool of green sauce; butter-soft beef cheek with stout and cauliflower yeast, and an amusing final chapter inspired by Goldilocks’ bowls of porridge (complete with a ‘three bears’ drawing). The high-concept cooking won’t be to everyone’s taste, but for fashion-forward foodies, Story is ‘a fantastic addition to the taster-menu scene’.

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  1. Restaurant Story

    201 Tooley Street, London SE1 2UE
    Overall rating:
    Nevine H.

    Dabbous... not quite...trying to hard.


    • Food & Drink: 7
    • Service: 7
    • Atmosphere: 6
    • Value: 6

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  2. Restaurant Story

    201 Tooley Street, London SE1 2UE
    Overall rating:

    Shame about Story

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful.

    • Food & Drink: 4
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 4
    • Value: 4

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  3. Restaurant Story

    201 Tooley Street, London SE1 2UE
    Overall rating:
    Nicole G.

    The restaurant equivalent of Alice in Wonderland

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
    Editor's pick

    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 9

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  4. Restaurant Story

    201 Tooley Street, London SE1 2UE
    Overall rating:
    Matt P.
    Editor's pick

    • Food & Drink: 7
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 7
    • Value: 8

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  5. Restaurant Story

    201 Tooley Street, London SE1 2UE
    Overall rating:
    Nicole M.

    Toms New Chapter

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
    Editor's pick

    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 8

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  6. Restaurant Story

    201 Tooley Street, London SE1 2UE
    Overall rating:
    Clare D.


    Editor's pick

    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 10
    • Value: 8

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  1. Published : Monday, 24th February 2014

    The List :: Restaurant Story

    This week I cashed in one of my most long-awaited Christmas presents - a ten course dinner at Tom Sellers' Restaurant Story which opened in April 2013. It received good reviews en masse during last year and featured on many of the 'best new restaurants of 2013' lists released over the new year period. Restaurant Story recently gained its first Michelin star. The restaurant has a clean, natural feel; lots of wood and stoneware. As many have said before, there are clear Scandinavian influences (Sellers used to work at Noma). There is also a literary theme - our menu arrived in the leaves of a grand old copy of Dickens' 'Our Mutual Friend' and Sellers seems to have replaced décor and ornaments for books even down to the toilets; I was unenthused by the large tome of tax codes in my cubicle. ..
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  2. Published : Friday, 17th 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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  3. Published : Sunday, 30th 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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  4. Published : Thursday, 13th 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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  5. Published : Wednesday, 12th 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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  6. 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 compact yet specious enough for all concerned, around the walls with 2 separated center “Islands” which surprisingly allows enough work space from all sides...
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  7. 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 experience...
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  8. 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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  9. Published : Tuesday, 23rd 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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