The story behind restaurant Story will already be well known by London food aficionados. For those who don’t know it yet, head chef Tom Sellers (26 years old) has had stints at some of the most critically acclaimed restaurants in the world (Noma, French Laundry). No wonder that the opening of his first restaurant has peaked the curiosity of many. As a result tables are already fully booked out for the first 2 months of opening.
As the name of the restaurant indicates, restaurant Story tells a story through it’s dishes. The menu offers the choice between 2 tasting courses (6 course tasting menu at £45 per person and 10 course tasting menu at £65 per person). The cuisine is best described as ‘naturalistic British’ (somewhat comparable to Roganic, L’Enclume, Clove Club or even the more casual Upstairs at the Ten Bells and Elliot’s cafe), where top quality British ingredients take the centre stage and are combined to deliver very interesting combinations of flavours.
When we visited Story we tried the 10 course tasting menu, which consisted of:
- Amuse bouche
- Home made sourdough bread and beef dripping fat (9/10)
- Burnt onion, apple, gin and thyme (8/10)
- Scallops, cucumber, and dill ash (9.5/10)
- Mackerel, mermaid’s hair and strawberry (9/10)
- Heritage potato, asparagus and barley grass (10/10)
- Beetroot, raspberry and horseradish (8/10)
- Lamb, salad root, garlic and sheep yoghurt (8/10)
- Lemon several ways (9.5/10)
- Prune tea, lovage and milk (8.5/10)
- Three Bears’ porridge (9/10)
- Petits fours
The cooking at Story is of very high level and our visit to Story has been one of the best restaurant experiences we’ve had so far this year. It’s easy to see why Tom Sellers has already garnered so much critical acclaim in such a short amount of time. Michelin will surely notice the good work being done and I would expect them to be awarded a Michelin star within the first year opening. Some have compared Story to Dabbous (see our review). On that point I can be very brief, I very much prefer the cooking at Story.
The total bill at Story came to £180 (including 4 non-alcoholic beverages, 2 coffees, 1 bottle of water and service charge).
Food rating for Story: 9/10
Service rating for Story: 9/10
The overall rating for Story: 9/10
(Overall rating is based on personal taste, opinion of the ambiance and price)