Tom Sellers, the chef behind Story has brought an eclectic feel of old and new together in this wonderful concept near London Bridge.
There is purpose, explanation and depth to each course. The presentation lures you in and the taste can be something polar opposite and explode in your mouth, the Razor Clam comes to mind here. All deliver a pleasant surprise and create an entertaining experience trying to pick out each individual flavour.
The cod skin was delicious but it could have done with being warmed – saying that I was talking when they brought it over so it could have well be warm upon arrival.
This was my least favourite of the appetizers as lacked any significant flavour and the texture of the cold butter felt fatty against the fresh radish.
The subtle flavour of the leek was injected by the herbs and oil, could have spooned it out of the bowl but didn’t feel it was appropriate. I may keep it for the bread next time.
This was in my top 3 and loved how the sweetness of the biscuit lifted the smoked eel and they complimented one another perfectly.
The frog legs were succulent, juicy and full of flavour with the garlic and herb butter oozing out from the golden crumb. It reminded me of a posh Kiev in the form of a frog’s leg. The presentation was faultless and intriguing.
The rabbit was delicious and the flavour didn’t exude a strong game flavour ( I would have liked more) but the carrot worked beautifully with it.
As I strategically tilted the clam into my mouth there was an unexpected zing that brought the clam to life. The coldness from the sorbet really made this a light a fresh beginning to our meal. This was one of my favourites.
I liked the idea of this more than I enjoyed the flavour. I’m not great with the taste of fat so the dripping was a little much for me personally, although my fellow diner seemed to enjoy it. The celery, consommé jelly and tongue were just as enjoyable with the well-baked bread.
The beef was cooked well as were the accompaniments and just the storks of the watercress added a nice peppery flavour. I did find this a little salty and was pleased it wasn’t a larger portion.
Rapeseed ice cream and sea buckthorn snow. Delicious.
The desert was stunning and the dill with the almond was a real surprise. Dill instantly makes you think of fish, but it really worked well with the almond. I will definitely be trying it out in desserts. It’s so nice to see something on a dish that you’ve tried together or think of pairing them.
Superb. The goat’s milk worked so well with the rhubarb and added something fun to the desert. It also didn’t feel too sweet.
The petit fours were gorgeous and the rose petal provided an old school feeling of eating a Tunnock’s tea cake with turkish delight – sorry Tom, that’s the memory that comes to mind. What Tom Sellers brings to the table is an exciting dining experience that does make you want to tell your own story. I would definitely try dinner next time to see a different view and experience.
Not one to miss out on.
201, Tooley Street,
020 7183 2117