Restaurant Ours, South Kensington.

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I have been wanting to try Tom Sellers’ new venture, Restaurant Ours ever since I first read about it several months ago. It is just round the corner from me and so very convenient for a casual Tuesday night supper with my parents. First impressions go a long way and I have to say the entrance with the long catwalk and security guard is a bit much, especially when you walk in to find the place virtually empty at 7:30pm. The room in my opinion is done well, industrial and open with pretty trees covered in fairy lights. There are a huge amount of waiting staff standing around but understandable as it is newly opened. The Maitre d who greeted us was ok but a bit over the top, he then preceded to show us to the darkest corner of a table in a restaurant which was empty- we asked to sit somewhere else and after protesting that the other tables were reserved he then allowed us to change tables. As I said, first impressions are everything and this was not a good start. The cocktails however were great, as were the delicious snacks of ham croquetas and the yuzu and shrimp toasties. For a starter we shared the heritage tomato salad and the beetroot and blood orange salad which were prettily presented but not particularly special. My main course of black summer truffle tagliatelle was rich and decadent and oozing with butter and truffle flavour- perfection. The sea bass was very prettily presented and also very good; we also had the foie gras/pecorino chips which were yummy and indulgent – (who puts foie on chips!?) The puddings however were a disappointment, the peach soufflé tasted of nothing and my fathers il floatant was not what is said, but a heavy and sickly sweet mess. To add to this it was my fathers birthday meal and I asked them to do something – usually they send out a mini birthday cake or write on the plate happy birthday. The response was “that isn’t Mr Sellers way of doing things” which frankly I just think is a bit mean. Then came the bill- £210.00 for 3 people, I would happily pay more for a great meal but this just doesen’t qualify. I would come back but maybe in 6 months when the teething problems have gone away; and hopefully they have a decent pastry chef because the last memory of a meal is dessert and this wasn’t a good one.

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