Review: Restaurant Story

Published: 18 June 2015

With each dish at Restaurant Story resembling a painting, it’s hard to believe it’s focused – as it claims to be – on simplicity. But Tom Sellers, the culinary star behind the restaurant, has nailed it, somehow.

Located on Tooley Street, Restaurant Story is more than the other restaurants around London Bridge. The area is strangely quiet about it’s food offerings and it really shouldn’t be – Restaurant Story is proof of this. The brainchild of chef Tom Sellers, Story is part simple seasonal ingredients part culinary artistry, and has already clocked a Michelin Star in the process.

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We arrived and while we pondered the menu some nibbles were placed in front of us. The small plate of crispy cod skin, smoked cod roe emulsion, colourful carrot tops and gin botanicals made for an edible work of art. Then came a starter of sweet raw scallop with a hit of tangy horseradish, adorned with cucumber spheres and dill ash. Beautiful. 

The food continued in this fashion – each dish was delicately assembled and each component worked exponentially well with the others. People’s faces were priceless – everyone was just loving the food. Another highlight of the meal was a candle made from beef dripping served with dense sourdough for dipping and a relish of veal tongue and jellied chicken consommé. Rich, powerful and downright delicious. 

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The oral and aesthetic pleasure we got from each plate would’ve been enough to put our meal up there as one of the best, but it was the short stories about ingredients and design that made this dining experience like no other. Close to matching Heston in style, this is the restaurant to visit if you can’t be bothered to make the trip to Bray. That said, Tom’s got something different to offer, we’re just not quite sure what that is. But it’s enough to make us want to go back, again and again and again.

199 Tooley Street, SE1 2JX
020 7183 2117

www.restaurantstory.co.uk

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