10 May 2012
When one has a hankering for lobster in London where does one go? Ah that age old question. For the longest time the only establishments that served these delicious crustaceans as far as I was aware would be the odd Chinese restaurant in the form of lobster noodles, Belgo’s during their lobster festival or somewhere so ostentatious and out of my budget it wasn’t worth considering.
Now when one thinks of lobster in London, there’s just one place comes to mind… Burger & Lobster.
Brought to you from the folks behind Goodman, there is no menu, only one simple question “burger or lobster?” With both dishes priced at £20, it’s not difficult to guess who wins. In fact a quick glance at the plethora of bright red shells adorning the tables around the restaurant is all it takes to clearly see who the star of the show is.
Lobster (imported from Nova Scotia, Canada) is served whole (grilled or steamed) with a jug of luxurious garlic butter sauce. Alternatively for ease of consumption there is the option of the lobster roll where the sweet lobster meat is extracted, dressed with wasabi mayo and served in a buttery brioche bun. Both come with chips and a nicely dressed salad. At such excellent value for lobster in Mayfair the crowds are certainly drawn. And with a “no reservations” policy in place, they wait.
I must say the waiting isn’t so bad. Names and numbers are recorded in case you wish to go elsewhere and be called when your table is ready. Alternatively you may have a drink in their bar while you wait which is a pretty good idea – their cocktails are fabulous!
Having recently enjoyed an extremely lengthy chilli crab meat extraction process while in Singapore, I decided to give myself a break and treat myself to the convenience of the lobster roll. It was very enjoyable but I must admit it was a little tame in comparison to the lobster roll I had at the USS Chowderpot III in Connecticut last year - huge morsels of lobster overflowing out of a heavily buttered roll, with extra butter on the side just in case the first heart attack didn’t finish you off.
Regardless I’m an unrefined soul at heart and there’s nothing I love more than getting my hands dirty picking out every last scrap of meat from shell or bone. With the lobster roll I found I missed that particular pleasure and ended up staring longingly at other whole lobsters around the restaurant when my roll was long gone. But nevermind, more reason to return I say.
Although burgers are naturally overshadowed by their lobster companions, they really are excellent in their own right. Weighing in at a decent 10 oz, these burgers did not leave my dining companions wanting. I had a taste and can happily say that these were definitely on par with burger offerings from the likes of MEATliquor, Lucky Chip, Hawksmoor and other such burger trendy restaurants.
Like the mains, dessert options are also limited. On this evening we were offered a choice of lime or chocolate mousse at £4 each. We ordered both and found them a nice little ending to a great meal.
I must say I am a huge fan of Burger & Lobster. They are definitely my kind of restaurant and I hope to be returning again in the near future… this time for a whole lobster! Highly recommended, but perhaps best in groups of 4 or less just before 6pm to help reduce the waiting time.
Burger & Lobster
29 Clarges Street
Incidentally if it’s lobster you’re looking for, I hear there’s a couple of special events coming up in London:
- Brasilian barbeque restaurant Cabana will be doing a Lobster Night on May 19th. On the menu will be a whole spicy Malagueta lobster, fries, house salad & caipirinha for £19.95
- God Save the Clam - a special event brought to you by Pitt Cue Co and Rock Lobsta from 31 May – 3 June. Serving up a clam bake from a rooftop overlooking London Fields, there will be plenty of meat and seafood to go around. Tickets on sale now.
UPDATED 16/05/2012: Excited to hear there will be 2 new branches of Burger & Lobster taking over the Bistro du Vin sites in Dean Street, Soho and St John Street, Clerkenwell. More to go around!