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Stork (Restaurant)

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13-14 Cork Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 3NS
Cuisine: British
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1) The location of a bar or restaurant can often give you the biggest clue about what to expect. Stork restaurant in Mayfair is locked in, trapped, on all sides, by the suit makers of Savile Row; the jewellers of Old Bond Street; the Dior, Chanel and Burberry shopping bag ladies of New Bond Street; and the well-heeled patrons of the Royal Academy of Arts and Burlington Arcade on Piccadilly. There’s no way through to Stork’s impressive experience without turning your head to window-shop. Resistance is futile; nice things abound.

2) But this procedure helps prepare you for the innovative design and detail of the sensory occasion - because it is an occasion - served up at Stork. You’ll want to charge your phone up for this one. You need lots of battery life to capture everything.

3) Even before setting foot through the doorway, the cameras are out. The giant decorative egg and blossom tree outside piques the interest of passing millennials (we spotted one within minutes of arriving, sharing the restaurant’s clever marketing with the world via her mobile device).

4) Oddly, though, the prices will probably not entice said millennials to venture as far as ordering, unless they are of the west London varietal. A three-course lunch for two, with a glass of wine and coffees, for example, comes in at more than £150. Don’t let this put you off, though. Think of it more as a necessary boundary, or a visa application, to discourage non-foodies from entering this state of contentedness (although there is a three-course, reduced set menu around the £30 mark which they may get wind of; shhhh!).

5) The dark, sleek, modern interior (plus crockery and cutlery) is decorated with lots of grey, gold and neon, like a men’s eau de toilette bottle. Add to this a touch of fun thanks to fake foliage walls, giant eggs in alcoves, paper stork lampshades and banquettes so plush they simply must be stroked. The windows, however, need cleaning to make them less incongruous.

6) The owners of the restaurant - a couple from Nigeria and Moldova - have created the unique London arrangement of West African and Eastern European influences on a modern British menu. Aside from a flash of African influence on the waiter’s attire, the decorative aspects of Stork lack the same influences as the menu, which is possibly a missed opportunity. However, in chef Adebola Adeshina, a previous employee of Marcus Wareing and some fella called Gordon Ramsay, they have someone who can produce great artistry (although may need to work on timings to serve food piping hot).

7) The menu is thankfully succinct. Choosing does not need to be onerous, especially if you’re vegan or vegetarian (you get only one option). Almost all dishes contain at least one ingredient you’ll need to Google on your fully-charged phone. The smoked haddock tartlet with kohlrabi and caviar is a neat little dish that would be ideal for a posh breakfast. The rare beef carpaccio starter comes sprinkled with five croutons which someone has comically coined as “sourdough” on the menu (no concerns if you’re worried about your carb intake). Portions sizes are healthy, so you may want to order some Joloff rice or oily green beans to avert a raging hunger if, like us, you rightly chose a nice piece of halibut fish on a harmonious bed of efo riro, salsify and beetroots for your main. A side of techno house music completes a satisfying, if lukewarm, cruise through the menu.

8) It’s at the point of desserts when portion sizes escalate dramatically. Thank goodness the previous courses were so compact because the dense, intoxicating rum baba is frightening. The creativity involved in the re-imagined apple mousse on a soil base of chocolate, or the signature white stork dessert (pictured above) if it’s not sold out, are both adequately #Instagramworthy. Only order the Kenyan coffee with dessert if you’ve no need to sleep within the next 8 hours; it’s rocket fuel!

9) And when is a restaurant not a restaurant? When it’s a lounge, of course. Come 10pm on a Friday or Saturday night, the ground floor of Stork turns into a dancefloor which a live DJ keeps entertained until 2am.

10) The stork motif prevalent throughout the restaurant derives from the idea that this is a journey; from Eastern Europe to West Africa, via all that lies between. The wine list reflects this notion, offering red, white, rose and sparkling wines by the glass and bottle from Italy, France, USA, Macedonia, Greece, Lebanon, Portugal, Spain, South Africa and Austria. Enjoy the ride! ...read more

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