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|Address:||201 Tooley Street, London SE1 2UE|
|Tel:||020 7183 2117|
|Price: £70.00||Wine: £23.00||Champagne: £75.00|
|Opening Hours:||Tues-Sat 12N-4pm 6.30-11.30pm|
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Story can be found in a rare unconventional location for a restaurant – in an old toilet block….. However, this old block and has been taken down and the site has been used to rebuild a romantic square block of glass and slatted timber. The views of the Shard and Tower Bridge brings additional romance to this modern novel.
There is a small bar and the restaurant sits about 40 covers. The kitchen is half glass and half brick (the brick being from the old toilet block) and it invites you to watch the hustle and organised chaos of a kitchen.
The diners have 2 options here – either a 6 course taster menu (£45) or a 10 course taster menu (£65). As this was a Thurs night my dinner guests and I opted for the 6 course taster menu. The food is all seasonal and British and it is certainly an experience for the diner.
3 tasters were bought to our table for us to sample whilst deciding on drinks. The courgette flowers with oyster crackling, rabbit shortbread with beetroot and carrot and crispy fish skin with fish emulsion were all so different to anything I have ever eaten before. The chefs here certainly are wanting you to experiment with food and go on a journey with them.
The first course was Bread and Dripping – this was a candle made from smoked beef fat. It sat on an old fashioned candle stick holder (think Wee Willie Winkie) with a small well on the bottom so as the candle burned it caused the fat to slowly drip and collect enticing you to dip the beautiful crusty bread. This was accompanied with veal tongue, pickled horseradish and meat jelly to cut through the fat if required. I’m afraid my taste buds do not quite stretch to veal tongue so I was more than content with dipping my bread into this beef fat invention.
Following on from this was by Burnt Onion with Apple, Gin and Thyme consume – the onions were succulent yet had a beautiful bite to them glistening in the consume. There was some bread left over from the beef dripping dipping – this was made from rotten apples and treacle – this sweet, crispy bread was perfect for soaking in the consume once the onion had been consumed.
Next were Scallops with Cucumber and dill ash. The scallops were served ceviche style and sat on a streaking green sauce with a scattering of herbs with little spheres of cucumber. The plate resembled lily pads – just a beautifully crafted dish. I am a Ceviche fan and have only had it Peruvian style – Tom Sellers has taken a South American Dish and put an English twist on this which was light, earthy and rounded in taste and textures.
The main course in the taster menu was Beef cheek, stout and cauliflower yeast. Having never tried beef cheek I was unsure what to expect. The knife cut through the cheek like butter – it was succulent, mouth-wateringly divine. There were small areas of fat within the meat that made the mouthfuls more tender. I am a fan of cauliflower and think that it is under used within our restaurants so to see this paired with the beef was a delight. It was soft with a seared taste to it.
If you add a bottle of wine and a cocktail it does become a little expensive. The wine list offers a broad array of wines, however, the most reasonably priced wine here is still approx £40. However, the food is great value for money
Dessert was a rhubarb and custard cream soda, served in a school milk bottle with a straw. This was delivered in a small milk crate. This tasted like rhubarb and custard sweets – sublime. The final dish was 3 Bears pudding….. this was served with a lovely 3 bears drawing and the dishes were muddled so you had to guess which one was Too Sweet, Too Salty and Just right. Whilst Oats is not a traditional desert this is a nice final chapter to Toms Story – Just Right.