A Bit Fancy Eating Out London

Restaurant Story, Bermondsey

June 16, 2015

I talk a lot. I love a good natter, can spin several yarns, have been known to embellish a little, digress a lot… basically I love telling stories. If you’ve been following along you might have guessed this already, while those who actually know me will no doubt be nodding your heads in agreement. Ask me what I thought about that restaurant we went to last night or where we ate during our weekend away and you’ll rarely get a simple ‘good or not’ or recited list- there’s always a silly tidbit or memory because it’s always more interesting that way.

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 those of chef Tom Sellers. 

On paper it says there are ten courses, in reality it was many, many more. At restaurants of this calibre you can usually expect an amuse bouche, a palate cleanser somewhere in the middle and petit fours to finish but at Restaurant Story they take things up a few more levels… we counted a total of twenty-five different items of food to be exact. Not a typo, not a joke, this was spread across four hours of exceptional dining. I don’t have enough words to describe this meal in a way which does it justice so I’m employing that old cliche, putting the words away, and letting the pictures do the talking.


Snacks


Bread and Dripping

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Tomato Amuse Bouche & Onion, Apple and Old Tom


Scallops, Cucumber and Dill Ash

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Brioche with Foie Gras, Parsley, Truffle Butters


Heritage Potato, Asparagus and Coal

RestaurantStory_heritagepotato_asparagus


Wild Stems, Squid and Mushroom Broth

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Herdwick Lamb, Sheep’s Yoghurt and Ransom


Picnic


Foie Gras, Wild Berries and Sorrel & Palate Cleanser


Chocolate, Lovage and Oyster

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Almond and Dill & Tea Cakes


Like all good stories, there were some heroes and villains. Every dish that arrived was exciting, nearly all were ridiculously delicious but there were a couple which challenged us. The first half of the story was incredible; where else do you get nine snacks, a candle made of dripping or bread served with four types of butter? The scallops were sublime and the rich mushroom broth was comforting, but then I struggled a little with the richness of the lamb dishes and the overwhelming herbaceous elements in the desserts. I appreciate the desire to stretch boundaries and try new flavour combinations but can a girl just get a sweet treat without being assaulted by the rather divisive flavour of celery?! That said, having less than a handful of questionable dishes in a meal of over twenty still makes this one successful night at the office for the team at Restaurant Story.

So now that we’ve reached the end of the story, would I recommend it? Yes, in a heartbeat. This is not just any restaurant visit, it is a pretty unique dining experience that will take you on all sorts of twists and turns, highs and lows… one you have to try for yourself!


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  • Now some of that food is just too good to eat, works of art! How was the oyster and chocolate combo?!

    Also hope that M has got something good up his sleeve for your birthday… He does have 6 months to an ahead! #pressureison

    • Hehe it wasn’t actual shellfish oysters but oyster in plant form! But I had initially wondered at the combo myself!

  • I so want to go here and can’t believe I still haven’t! Very much on the list for this year, it just looks incredible, and I love your photos too.

    Rosie xx

    • Thank you Rosie- I’m definitely not at pro-photog level but I’ll admit I’m pretty pleased with these shots! You have to go try it for yourself!

  • I went a couple of years ago pre-blog and I wasn’t blown away, looking at your photos makes me want to go back and try it again!
    Lots of love,
    Angie

    • There were definitely some ups and downs but the food is definitely creative and clearly photogenic!

  • Your pictures are fab! Which were your favourites?

    • Thank you! I actually loved the snacks, but of the courses our favourites were the bread and dripping, wild stem, squid and mushroom broth, and the scallops!

  • andreaspassions5

    I absolutely loved this post – I have heard of the Restaurant Story but never read up about it or seen the food and this looks amazing!! Thanks so much for sharing, and that candlestick of dripping is phenomenal! Lots of love, Andrea xxx

    Andrea’s Passions

    • Ooh well I’m so pleased you liked the photos- how cool is the candle right!? I’d happily take a pack of 6 if they were selling them to take away hehe.

  • YOU HAD A MOTHER TRUCKING PICNIC IN THE MIDDLE OF YOUR MEAL?!?!?!?! THAT IS FRIGGING AMAZING. I’m lost for words. I want more surprise picnics…

    • Yep, that’s how we roll… mid way through a 10 course meal… OF COURSE you want a picnic! But in all seriousness it was the perfect opportunity to take a breather and slow down the eating!

  • Chocolate lovage and oyster? That’s an interesting combination! As for the picnic, what great fun

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

    • I was actually a little concerned it was going to be chocolate and the shellfish variety of oyster but thankfully it was the plant based one! Phew!

  • Sam

    Those dishes look too stunning to eat! I have to admit though, your post has really made me want to try this restaurant.

    • We didn’t love every single thing we ate but my gosh it’s worth going along for the creative ride… and of course the dishes are a foodbloggers photographic dream!

  • One of my best friends came for a meal here and raved on and on and on about it. Looks like I need to make a booking too after your experience. The beef dripping candle is certainly exciting! =)

    Lucy
    http://www.lucylovestoeat.com

    • Very exciting to have an edible candle hehe and definitely worth trying out… We didn’t love everything we ate but they were few and far between among all the dishes!

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