Restaurant Story

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The name Restaurant Story, is apt for this place as you do feel like you are walking through a beautiful piece of literature that has been creatively drafted to make you never want to finish yet desperate to turn the next page to find out what is coming next.

The restaurant is located in an unassuming space on the main road to Bermondsey from London Bridge. It is very subtle yet modern from the outside, with its wooden circular structure. We were welcomed in  by a waitress and seated at one of the handful of tables in the restaurant. The place is fairly small but each table has the capacity to hold large groups. The kitchen is the main focal point as it is open and close to all of the diners but the decor should not go amiss with its subtle nod to literature, reading and days gone by.

The menu is designed to be a type of story. Starting off with three of four amuse buoche, which are not your general mouth sized bites these were masterpieces.

We went for the ten course menu which sounds huge – and was – but as each dish takes on the ‘story’ element you are left begging for more.

My favourite starters included the seafood dish that was served in a large bowl to share with a selection of crustaceans lying on a  a bed of dry ice. Another was a whole candle made from beef dripping which slowly melted allowing you to dip your bread into the salty liquid at the bottom.

Main courses included prawns that were smoked at your table, scallops with an earthy dill ash and my ultimate favourite ‘the tale of the quail’ which was quail served four ways (including a quail egg) and came with a teapot of stock and a little story to go with it. Deserts were equally spectacular.

The waiters were professional but not too attentive and happy to run through the dishes with all of the enthusiasm as they must have done the first time they explained the dish. It is exciting.

You don’t really need to see the star rating to know that I can wholehearted say I adore this place.

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5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

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Androulet

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We love this little French place in Spitalfields Market. Androulet is half cheese shop and half restaurant. Androulet serves a whole host of French cheeses and great meat plates. The place is very small so there is not a big selection of hot food. We sat outside as although a cold day there is heaters and blankets which allows you to see the comings and goings in the market.

 We were welcomed by the friendly French staff and we ordered a meat platter with salad, a raclette plate and a & dauphinoise sort of pie. My meat platter hosted a range of cold meat selections including pate, chorizo and ham and was served with a light side salad. The raclette grill game out for us to place the delicious French cheese on and was served with potatoes and gherkins. The cheese pie was oozing with bubbling cheese and was very rich as there was cream included. Not one for those watching their weight!

 We love this little place, the menu is simple and the food and wine menu only has the best quality dishes and bottles. A must try if in the area.

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4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

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Pescatori‏

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We love a good fish restaurant so we decided to try Pescatori on Charlotte Street.  Situated amongst the many restaurants, Pescatori has a laid back Mediterranean look to it. The entrance is long and narrow and we were lead to the back of the restaurant. The back restaurant is split by a large pillar and there is a dining area at the front of the restaurant too which allows the place to feel cozier than one large restaurant.

Of course the menu is full of a delicious selection of Mediterranean seafood, so we ordered a selection for starter that we could try a range of dishes. These included crab and avocado on toasted bread, scallops and cauliflower truffle, squid with gremolata & sausage and vegetable tempura. The crab was tasty and went well with the creamy avocado, the scallops were a favourite of mine with a thick coral and deliciously tender. The squid and red meat complemented each other and the tempura was a light relief from the seafood. All were very tasty and well presented, my only slight criticism is that there were no unusual dishes/combinations on the menu that excited or shocked. Our waiter seemed busy (although the restaurant wasn’t packed) as we had to wait a long while for our plates to be taken away and this was to be a running theme throughout our meal.

For main course I went for the grilled salmon, super salad of spinach, pomegranate, avocado and boiled egg which was a great choice as I was trying to watch weight and fancied something healthy. The salmon was well cooked. The salad was delicious with the red jewels from the pomegranate but I felt the avocado and boiled egg were unnecessary. The others ordered the monkfish with mussels, clams & new potatoes which was served with a seafood sauce and the huge dish of seafood spaghetti which was enormous. The spaghetti was served with artichokes and walnuts which gave more depth to the dish.

 The food was delicious and had a huge variety of ingredients – I would go as far as to say maybe too much in some dishes. The décor was Mediterranean which made it a perfect place for a relaxing meal however this was ruined slightly by the service. The waiter was hardly at our table which meant we had to wait a long time for our dishes to be taken away, menus to be given and finally an appallingly long time for the bill. He just never seemed to be around! As a result Sex Drugs and Bacon Rolls gives this place:

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4 Stars2 Stars3 Stars

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Sadaf

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We had never been to a Persian restaurant before so we decided to try Sadaf which is located in West London. This cozy place is located about a five minute walk from Bayswater station which is just long enough to build up the appetite after a long day at work.

We were warmly welcomed at the entrance by the manager – there is no reception but as the tables are well spread out waiters have the opportunity to welcome you at the door. This is refreshing from a lot of the Middle Eastern restaurants in London where they squeeze as many tables into the room as possible.

The restaurant is warm and welcoming with Persian paintings and art work on the wall (could be slightly tacky but it does emphasis the Persian menu I suppose).  We ordered a bottle of merlot and decided to go for the mixed starter which included a mix of traditional cold dips and pitta bread. The dips were authentic and clearly homemade but it would have been nice to have a change from the regular dips that you find in most Middle Eastern restaurants.

For main course we ordered the mixed grill for two which included; chicken kebabs, lamb chops, minced lamb and a baby chicken. This was served with a spicy rice. The meat was well cooked and had a nice heat to it and the rice was al dente but I would have liked it to have more of a kick to it. We got through the first bottle and ordered a second as eating lots of protein and carbs is thirsty work! Seriously though I think the dishes could have been improved with a yoghurt or equivalent dip – yes I know that may not be traditional in Persian cuisine but still.

We really liked this place; the manager came to check on us at the end of the meal and even had time for a quick chat. Our waiter was efficient and friendly, the atmosphere is warm – although trying a little hard in its décor and the food was well cooked and seasoned.

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4 Stars3 Stars3 Stars

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Thai Silk

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 We fancied Thai food and did not fancy traveling far so Thai Silk in Southwark seemed the obvious option. We had not been before but had heard of the place through friends. The restaurant is located in a back street in the area under the station arches – which adds a great atmosphere to the large restaurant. The restaurant is split into two, which is accessed by a side corridor. The second area is a bar and casual eating area.

We wanted a drink beforehand but the bar was closed for a private do, so instead we had a couple of cocktails at our table before eating. As we walked in the waitress welcomed us in the traditional Thai manner of bowing and were at constant hand. They seemed to like running whenever they were given a request.

We chose the  set menu which was priced at a wallet pleasing £20.95. This includes; starter, soup, two main course dishes, vegetables, rice/noodles and dessert. For starter we were served a butterfly wantons, chicken satay, chicken wings, corn cakes, fish cakes and crispy noodles. This was served with a couple of dips. The food was piping hot and clearly cooked fresh although the fried dishes were a little too greasy for me.

 The soup served next was delicious; a hot and sour chicken coconut soup. My only wish was that it was bigger – but then I would have not got through the next courses! We ordered a bottle of red once we had downed the last dregs of our strong cocktails.

 There was a selection of main course dishes that we could choose from and we went for the chicken Thai green curry and the stir fried beef with cashew nuts and chili’s. The curry was rich and the chicken melted in the mouth. The beef dish came in a thick sweet sauce which worked well with the nuts and spicy chilis. The dishes were served with vegetables and rice. We really enjoyed this.

 We were well and truly stuffed but the dessert was yet to come, fortunately this was a light fruit salad platter which cleansed the palette and didn’t make our expanding waistline burst.

 We really liked the friendly staff, the freshness of the food and the fact that we dined under the arches. Although the décor is Thai in style it is not tacky and brash. There is a gentle buzz with diners coming in and out as well as a steady takeaway trade. We would recommend trying this place.

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4 Stars3 Stars3 Stars

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Tas – Southwark

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Tas is a traditional Turkish restaurant which has a number of outlets across London. Don’t let this not put you off as they do try to make the food as authentic as possible however the atmosphere has a slightly chain restaurant feel as tables are very close together and there is a quick turnaround service. We went to the Southwark restaurant which was incredibly busy but we managed to get a table with only a ten minute wait.

We were squeezed on to table between two other small tables; firstly it was hard getting in and out but most importantly we overheard the conversations of the two couples on either side of us. Actually we got chatting with one of the couples as we were so close but it really isn’t ideal.

We ordered a meze which included a whole host of dips and pitta bread, this included humus, taziki, artichoke hearts cooked in olive oil with carrots, tarama salata etc. These were lovely and came out quickly but because of the fast turn around and buzz of place we felt like the dips would come out of great buckets – as I said it tasted good but lacked finesse.

This was then followed by our mixed grill which was served with a small round of tomato couscous. This included lamb chops, beef and chicken pieces in a spicy seasoning. This course was less satisfying as the meat was all over cooked and the couscous lacked any real flavour. The food really felt like it was conveyer belt and just shoved on the plate. The issue here is that there is just so many customers and so food needs to be cooked and made in bulk.

Service is very fast and so therefore lacks any social elements or small pleasantries but that suited us fine as we don’t like over friendly waiters. Over all we find the food is less ‘authentic’ than it first appeared to be looking at their site but half of the reason for this is down to the sheer amount of tables they serve each night. The decor is unremarkable but being so close to other diners is uncomfortable.

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2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars

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The Delaunay‏

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Having heard the buzz around The Delaunay, we thought it was about time we gave it a try. This restaurant classes itself as a ‘Grand European Restaurant’ and it certainly lives up to this. The food menu hosts a series of Belgium, German, Hungarian, Austrian and English dishes which are set in the grand brasserie restaurant. The decor is more British with dark oak tables, golden trimmings and some amazing oil paintings. You do need to book in advance as it is quite popular, with a constant buzz of breakfast, lunch, afternoon teas and dining customers. As an aside the afternoon tea did look delicious.

We were seated at one of the booth tables with the crisp white table clothes and napkins and were given the all day menu and extensive wine list. We ordered a bottle of Hungarian Shraz – it tasted better the more we drank, put it that way. For starter we ordered the beetroot and goats cheese salad and the roast squash salad. The beetroot salad was served with a vinegar dressing and hazel nuts which added to the overall texture. The squash dish was served with nicely cooked quail eggs which were still liquid in the centre and ran over the artichokes and pecorino which was also part of the dish. Our waitress was clearly from the DACH region based on her accent which was  brisk and efficient in nature.

Our main course we ordered the wiener schnitzel and roast scallops and prawns. The schnitzel was not served with sides so we ordered chips and spinach. The schnitzel was a little dry – a common issue with schnitzels I find, but was well seasoned and not overly rich. The scallops and prawns were served with a cauliflower puree, artichokes and paprika oil giving a spicy kick. The seafood was well cooked although a little oily for my liking.

 Overall we were satisfied with the menu but we are not a huge fan of the dishes from that area of Europe. The service was very German in its straightforwardness which was a refreshing change and the decor is grand and inviting – I would say this is more British than European in style. Final thing, we loved the postcards of the restaurant in black and white that you can purchase which has an honesty box.

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3 Stars3 Stars4 Stars

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Momo

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 Momo is a lovely Moroccan restaurant situated on Heddon Street, just of Regents Street. It serves North African cuisines and is frequented by locals and natives alike. This place is great for a drink and shisha outside –which is covered by bushes from the main side street – or for dinner, which is exactly the reason we visited that night.

 We had arrived a little early so we ordered a cocktail with waitress outside in the terrace area. The waiting staff seemed a little confused and it took a while to order but oh the cocktails are very good. The drinks menu is huge and they have the cocktail of the week which is at a reduced price.

 Once our table was ready, we went were seated in the corner of the beautifully ornate restaurant. There is a huge amount of attention to detail on the furnishings and settings. The walls are white washed and lets the furnishing speak for itself. Even the cutlery and glasses were ornate. We ordered the tasting menu which included a Momo special (a vodka, mint and lemon cocktail) with a meze starter of cheese & mint, chicken & seafood pastries and baked aubergines, scallops with aubergine chutney and finally yellow beetroot and wood pigeon pastille. They were delicious, spicy, meaty and so satisfying.  The scallops and pigeon were my favourite dishes (I managed to get those plates closer to me).

 As we had downed our cocktail we thought we ought to order a bottle of red – yes I know my liver – with some water. The water took about 45minutes to arrive – thankfully the wine was much quicker. It was clear that there was a confused service which was not helped by the number of waiters that were serving us. It is so much cleaner when you have one waiter serving a section – though I am no restaurant owner.

For main course we both ordered the lamb tagine with globe artichoke and green vegetables. There were four other options; fish, Moroccan chicken, chicken tagine and a couscous dish. We had asked ahead if this came with couscous and were told yes however when the dishes were served there was none. We asked if we could add this for an additional payment and were served this after a slight delay. The tagine I have to say was delicious – although really should be served with couscous to soak up the juice. The meat fell off the bone and the sauce was rich.

We had quite a wait for our dishes to be cleared and desert to come but we were not disappointed. The dessert is a selection of Moroccan pastries that are incredibly sweet, sticky and authentic. Although full, we managed to find room. This place oozes sophistication while being authentic and simple. The food is incredibly tasty and generous however the service does let it down. As a result Sex Drugs and Bacon Rolls gives this place:

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4 Stars5 Stars2 Stars

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Chez Elles‏

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Chez Elles is a French bistroquet located in the heart of Brick Lane and subtly located between a news agents and an Indian sweet shop. Entering the restaurant, the decor is an odd combination of shabby chic designed by Toulouse La lautrec and Alice in Wonderland combined. It is kind of sweet in a strange kind of way.

We were seated by a nervous French waiter (all of the staff are French which we loved) and we ordered drinks – he got these wrong as he really did struggle with English but his passion to please and accent made us forgive him in an instance.

There is a set lunch menu and we ordered the pate, the artichoke and celeriac soup and the goat’s cheese salad. The soup was thick and creamy and full of flavour and the goat’s cheese salad was surprisingly satisfying. One of the pates did not come out and now I do not blame the service, unfortunately one of the other people at our table (I will not mention names) ordered a dessert instead of a starter but had a mind blank  when the waiter came to ask if she ordered my dish and said yes, so I had to ask for another pate.

For main course, we ordered duck confit with dauphinois potatoes, the mushroom tart and the tartare – a favourite of mine – however the texture was too course for my liking and included too many pickles and capers to be enjoyable. The waiter did ask if we enjoyed the meal as the two people who ordered the tartare had not eaten much of the dish. I appreciated that.

I have to say I would not make a special visit to go again the food was fresh and traditional, the décor cute although slightly random and the service a little confused at times but always friendly.

As a result Sex Drugs and Bacons Rolls gives this place:

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3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars

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