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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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Lewis Carroll's well known story of the girl who enters a strange unexpected world where she encounters incredible characters through many unbelievable experiences, some more pleasant than others, is very much paralleled in Tom Seller's new restaurant Story. Whatever you think of the food and the decor, it's completely unforgettable.
The actual restaurant is one large room on an island between two roads in Tooley St. The large windows make it bright and light and airy. Simple design means nothing really detracts from the menu and that is definitely the star here. We took the 10 course tasting menu for £65 but before we even ordered, we were given a selection of unusual amuse bouche. The cod skin with roe was interesting, a nasturtium (I wasn't expecting to be eating flowers but why not) with oyster mayonnaise was lovely but the rabbit finger was absolutely exceptional.
That was the prologue and then the first chapter arrived. A beef candle dripping into a dish and sourdough bread. Sitting in a lovely wooden restaurant I was transported to winter in Victorian England. The taste brought out exactly what we imagine that era to be but with a modern twist. Very filling, very moreish, incredibly tasty. From that point on the menu was definitely a range of experiences which were just stunning and theatrical and completely unparalleled. I could have done without the beetroot dish but that's mostly because I hate beetroot and though fresh, this was very beetroot and my mum thought the scallops with cucumber and dill ash were tasteless. Though we both loved the Heritage potato with barley, asparagus and coal oil (not my first experience coal oit – thank you Roganic!) which was just such a beautiful blend of flavours. The 3 bears porridge polarised opinion…I found the one ‘just right’ was very unpleasant – somehow too sharp, so Goldilocks I clearly was not but then they never did say which one was supposed to be ‘just right’ so perhaps I'm still in the running.
It's a long menu but the staff move through it very quickly…in fact at times a little too quickly. Maybe because it was lunch but I'd like them to slow the service down just a tad (first time I've ever said that) and give us a little time to breathe between each course. It's not a restaurant where every dish is a triumph but like Alice, if you want to have an innovtive, theatrical and just a little bit magical experience, then Story is definitely worth a visit.