When your friends come to stay you inevitably want to spoil them.
To show them such a good time that they’ll never want to leave!
Sadly I didn’t quite manage to make Valentina move back to London, but while she was here we certainly did have a hoot and made more than a few memories for the bank.
One of which being dinner in Chelsea.
Having lost all track of time making music videos on Snapchat, we suddenly realised we had a grand total of 12 minutes to get ready.
What do you wear when time is of the essence?
Black. All black, baby.
Silk shirt dress (on sale here) // Needle & Thread Leather jacket
Chanel Boy Bag // Louboutin slingbacks (sold out)
Silver May Sparkler ring
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Off we raced to try a new hot spot.
Chef Tom Sellers is a bit of a culinary hero to me. His restaurant Story is one of the most magical foodie experiences I’ve ever had the good fortune to enjoy.
The tasting menu is stunning, whimsical, surprising and utterly delicious. My chap took me there for my first visit when it first opened, and ever since I’ve taken everyone I can wrestle over to East London.
So I was understandably somewhat excited to hear that he was opening a new spot on our side of town.
Restaurant Ours is in Chelsea, where Collection used to be. (Seasoned party goers will recognise the entrance!)
We repressed memories of old parties and crazy nights that started in Collection and made our way inside to see its reincarnation.
So far so good!
The place is surprisingly enormous, with the whole restaurant being set up to watch the kitchen.
We started with the much Instagrammed crudité.
Bread warm from the oven and whipped, salted butter.
Garlicky breafcrumbed razor clams, tasty but somewhat shown up by the exceptional scallops.
Perfectly cooked and swimming in a herby lemon butter.
Oysters and chilled champagne.
Exceptionally good sashimi with a Sellers twist, a fragrant green sauce reminiscent of everything we had in Denmark.
Fresh, light and very delicate.
Now, as someone who often slices up avocados for breakfast, the next course was something of a heartbreaker…
How the hell have they managed to form sliced avo into a rose? With slices cuddled up in couples, no less!
We scooped on the accompanying caviar and cream cheese, and devoured the lot.
Having never had caviar and avocado together we were both quite impressed.
A beautiful, creamy rich texture with just a gentle hint of the sea as the salty pearls burst on your tongue.
This could become an expensive habit!
Another light and exceptionally fresh course, raw scallops, fingerling lime and pickles.
Followed by something not quite so light…
The best truffle pasta I’ve had in a very long time.
Swimming, nay! Drowning in a sea of truffled cream, which we shamelessly spooned dry.
The salmon wasn’t such a success, and the less said about the cauliflower the better.
But all in all, a delicious meal and something a bit different for Chelsea.
“Ours” is nothing like “Story”. It’s a different animal completely, so don’t go expecting a Michelin experience.
If you want a fun new place for a big group on a Friday night, or dinner with a friend before heading off to party then it’s the perfect spot.
Try and book a table after 8/9 or it’s a bit of an odd crowd before. Reservations here.
Whatever you do, just make sure you finish with coffee and doughnuts.
Freshly fried, you pull them out of their fairground bag, ready to dunk!
Sorry chef, they’re not yours.
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