Every meal tells a story at Tom Sellers’ ambitious Bermondsey dining room
Tom Sellers gave his ambitious Bermondsey restaurant an extensive refurbishment in spring 2018, marking his intention to keep pushing on with his restaurant, which won a Michelin star after five months of opening and has retained it ever since.
Out went the bare tables and bookish theme, with Sellers instead creating an opulent space with a more muted gold and grey colour palette, tablecloths and more comfortable furniture that marked a fresh new chapter for the restaurant.
Sellers also wanted to create a “more refined” dining experience on the plate, with diners not presented with a menu on arrival but instead being served a meal built around their preferences and which mixes Story classics, such as his beef fat candle served with bread, with new and seasonally inspired dishes.
A meal at Restaurant Story is certainly a leap of faith for diners, who have the option of an eight-course tasting menu at lunch and 10 courses at dinner, and in the hands of a lesser chef this could be a challenge. Yet Sellers, ably abetted by former L’Enclume sous chef Tom Philips, knows what he’s doing and has created a menu that flows, sometimes surprises but nearly always delights.
Story’s plating is stunning, as seen in dishes such as Oscietra caviar, veal sweetbread and hazelnut; snail ravioli; and pear, artichoke and rose, and at times playful – a dish enigmatically called Paddington Bear turns out to be a slice of pain perdu topped with marmalade adrift in a sea of foie gras shavings.