“White-hot opening from a global talent” - AA Inspector
LONDON SE1, LONDON POSTAL DISTRICTS
Our Inspector's View
After a makeover in 2018, Restaurant Story now sports a simple-yet-refined look involving polished concrete floors, tablecloths and a ceiling adorned with bird mobiles. It's a bijou space, where full-drop windows flood the place with light, and chefs do their thing in an open kitchen. One of the capital's more intensively experimental practitioners, chef-patron Tom Sellers learned his trade in some stellar kitchens including Tom Aikens here in London, Thomas Keller at Per Se in New York and René Redzepi's Noma in Copenhagen. As the name suggests, everything here tells a story, and while the menu concept isn't applied too thickly, you can expect hyper-modern food full of revelatory twists, turns and outstanding technique. Forget any idea of a quick meal: the drill at lunch is eight courses, rising to 10 for dinner, so settle in and appreciate the well-paced, informed and intelligent service – an essential element of the experience, since menu descriptions reveal little of the highly worked detail in every dish. A volley of clever and innovative ‘snacks’ among them a Proustian trip back to childhood via sourdough bread and a beef fat dripping candle, or an ‘Oreo’ cookie comprising goats’ cheese mousse and malt vinegar powder, sets the ball rolling, before a fabulous concoction of golden beetroot, caviar and potato blinis. Further down the line, a plump roasted langoustine keeps company with a rich bisque and burnt apple purée, while the principal meat dish matches tender pigeon with ratte potato purée, rainbow chard and a punchy pigeon sauce with walnuts. ‘Paddington Bear’ is a transition from savoury to sweet, uniting marmalade pain perdu with cardamom parfait, grated foie gras and Sauternes, before various desserts conclude with variants of almond (cream, ice cream, butter, caramelised nuts) deftly aromatised with dill snow. The drinks list is equally of the moment, championing fragrantly botanical cocktails, modern wines and rare gin brands.
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Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 35
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Days Closed: Sunday
- Lunch served from: 12
- Lunch served until: 5
- Dinner served from: 6.30
- Dinner served until: 9.30
- Wines under £30: 1
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 14
- Cuisine style: Modern British
- Vegetarian menu
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About The area
The UK's capital was founded by the Romans shortly after they invaded in 43AD. Since then it’s evolved into one of the greatest cities on earth. From a bloody, squalid history to the vanguard of fashion in the Swinging 1960s to the buzzing metropolis it is today, London has something for everyone. There are very British pursuits like the Oxford and Cambridge boat race, changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace and an impressive collection of traditional English pubs. And that’s not to mention world-renowned arts venues, galleries and museums, award-winning theatre and unrivalled shopping – all found within a few Tube stops of each other.
London’s royal history is not to be missed. Visitors can roam around one of Britain’s finest medieval castles and royal prison, and learn about the final days of Anne Boleyn at the Tower of London or, for the less bloodthirsty, visit the Queen’s London home, Buckingham Palace. Don’t miss out on exploring the capital’s Royal Parks – from St James’ Park and Hyde Park in the centre to the majestic Hampton Court and wilderness of Richmond Park in the southwest.
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