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“Beat a path to their door today!” insists one fan, and he’s not alone in thinking Tom Sellers’ Michelin-starred eatery is something special. There’s little comfort in the stark interiors (bare tables, concrete floors, bright lighting) and you’ll be expected to shell out £110 for the full ‘story’, but eating here is worth every penny. Sellers is a hugely talented chef and his “fantastically creative” taster menu really “brings the food to life”, with a succession of appetisers, interludes and pre-desserts taking punters from one ‘chapter’ to the next. The kitchen is occasionally accused of try-hard gimmickry, but most are enraptured: “some of the most imaginative and delicious flavours I’ve ever encountered”, says one convert. The now-famous beef-dripping candle and a cheese course presented in a tiny picnic hamper bookend a repertoire shot through with Nordic influences: crispy cod skin with tiny turnips; a maritime cornucopia involving fleetingly marinated scallop ceviche, razor clams, devilled crab, seaweed etc; fallow deer four ways with yeast and dandelion, and – as a happy ending – a combo of bitter chocolate, wild berries and buttermilk. “A superb gastronomic experience.”
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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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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Today was one of those unexpectedly spectacular days! I started off planting poppies in the moat of the Tower of London in memory of everyone who died in the First World War. A fabulous, moving experience creating something beautiful to behold. And then I walked over Tower Bridge (a beautiful thing in itself) to my lunchtime venue.Restaurant Story opened in April 2013. It’s a quirky little building with a modern interior and walls lined with bookshelves. When it comes to ordering, there’s a six or 10-course menu. On hearing our discussion on our menu indecision, the manager came over and suggested that we did...
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There aren’t too many restaurant openings that I get genuinely excited about these days.But Restaurant Story was definitely one of them when it launched in 2013. The ‘book themed’ restaurant where diners were asked to bring their favourite stories with them and dishes are inspired by chef Tom Sellers’ childhood memories sounded totally unique.It went on to earn a Michelin star within just five months too.Naturally that made reservations difficult to come by, even two years later, but I finally bagged one earlier this year.
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