Sunday, 30 June 2013

Burger & Lobster

Lobster fun

Burger & lobster is one of the success stories from 2012, from the same company behind the famous steakhouse Goodman. Burger & lobster provide only 3 items on the menu: Burger, whole lobster or lobster roll, all at £20. It has become such a hit in London now that it's normal to see people queuing up to 2 hours to get a table. (They don't take bookings unless you have more than 6 guests) When I had my first visit back in the Winter last year at the Soho branch (there are four Burger & lobster restaurants, Mayfair, Soho, city and Farringdon), it took me over 2 hours to get a table and this time I learnt a tip from a friend of mine who is a regular...

You can actually order food at the bar in the restaurant, it does not take booking and it is on a first come, first serve basis. (a bit like the bar at Pollen Street Social) I managed to grab 2 seats by the bar and it saved me 1 hour 45 mins of waiting to get a table! Started off with a cocktail called Thomas Keller of Woodford Reserve based with blueberry, lemon and Sauvgion Blance. Nice woody and vanilla notes from the whiskey with nice fruity and bitter tastes on the finish, not a bad cocktail at all.
Thomas Keller

Then came the food, a whole grilled lobster served with chips and salad.  The salads here are surprisingly great, fresh and sweet rockets with some nice grated cheese on top, simple but well delivered in taste. Chips on the other hand were a bit average, I found it just a touch over seasoned. The lobster was grilled at the right level, still succulent and moist. The meat itself has enough flavours without the need of the garlic sauces.
whole grilled lobster

Compared to my first visit, everything was the same, it was no better or worse. For £20 I must say it is pretty good value for what you are getting, just be careful with the drinks while you are waiting as it is common to see people paying more for drinks than the food itself. It has been announced the company behind Burger & Lobster will roll out a concept called Steak & Crab in similar fashion very soon, sounds great and that's something I definitely want to check it out!

Food 5.5
Service 5
Ambience 5
Value 6.5

£30 per head

36 Dean St

London, Greater London

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