Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle.
There are lots of great stories about restaurants, but – as you’ve probably noticed – no great restaurants about stories.
Which is why 26-year-old Tom Sellers has opened one: Restaurant Story.
The story in question? His life.
Which, given his age, is the sort of information your inner cynic may want to file alongside Olly Murs’ autobiography.
But don’t let it, because:
A) Sellers writes in the language of food. And you’re hungry.
B) His story includes edible candles, with bread to mop up the melted wax.
Located in an old toilet block by London Bridge (which you have no reason to take the piss out of, because they’ve already done that), Restaurant Story paints a culinary picture of Tom’s personal journey through food, learning along the way from world renowned chefs like Per Se’s Thomas Keller, Noma’s René Redzepi and Tom Aikens’, um, Tom Aikens.
Story aims to satiate the public’s desire to fully experience wunderkind Sellers’ cooking – a desire which first surfaced when tickets went on sale for his (ultimately impossible-to-get-into) 2011 pop up “Foreword” – with multi-course tasting menus which “blur the lines between fantasy and food”.
Of course, part of that means you won’t actually be handed a menu at any point – instead you’ll be asked for your requirements and preferences, before a train of delicately composed, double Michelin-starred dishes make their way to your table.
“I want every guest to leave and for them to not only be satisfied, but slightly wowed, intrigued, maybe a little confused about what they’ve experienced, but very happy.” – Tom Sellers
So there’s booze in the food.
NOTE: Restaurant Story is open for dinner Mon-Sat and lunch Tues-Sat, with tasting menus priced at £100 (for lunch, 7 courses) and £145 (for dinner, 9 courses). You can find out more and book HERE.
Restaurant Story | 199 Tooley Street, SE1 2JX
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