Tom Sellers, the chef behind two Sunday Times top 100 restaurants (Story in Bermondsey and the Lickfold Inn in West Sussex), has launched a new venture in South Ken today (19 May). Restaurant Ours takes over the former site of The Collection (RIP) on Brompton Road.
Accessed by a dramatic 30-metre ‘catwalk’ entrance, which was originally created by Norman Foster, the 120-cover, triple-height dining space – punctuated by three enormous trees – incorporates a central bar, mezzanine for lounging and dining and, of course, an open kitchen.
There’s also a private dining room which accommodates up to 24 guests.
Head chef Daniel Phippard (previously at Ernik in Moscow and before that London’s Kensington Place) has worked closely with Sellers, who brings his “genius” to bear on the menu, with influences from his lauded London Bridge restaurant Story – described by our reporters as “an incredible journey of flavour and excitement”.
The food – similar at lunch and dinner – is a mix of seasonal modern and traditional European and British highlights. On the menu: Crab with avocado and apple; Tuna with ginger and green onion; Kale with aged goat’s cheese and shallot; and Quinoa with celeriac and smoked egg emulsion; Steak tartare with its classic garnish; Oysters with mignonette garnish; Scallop in the shell with grapefruit and pickles; and Beef fillet with Béarnaise and watercress.
Main courses feature: Sea bass with asparagus and chervil; Black truffle tagliatelle; Monkfish with squid ink and courgette; Veal chop with black truffle and Madeira sauce; and Aged rib of Galician beef with marrowbone. Several dishes will be designed to share among two or three.
For dessert: Plum tart with vanilla ice cream; White peach soufflé with Champagne and elderflower sorbet; and Cinnamon doughnuts with salted caramel and apple.
Restaurant Ours opened on 19 May for dinner, as well as drinking and snacking available at the bar, and on 6 June it will launch fully for lunch Mon-Sat and Sunday brunch.