“A woman should never be seen eating or drinking, unless it be lobster, salad and champagne”
There was a time when a restaurant was utterly bereft without a substantial menu. Where once a flourishing cursive would mark the journey through starter to dessert, tonight none such exists. Menus are superfluous at Burger and Lobster as there are only three items to be had; a whole lobster (steamed or grilled), lobster roll, or burger.
The price of any of the three options is £20, so you would have to be a fool of incalculable proportion to opt for the burger. In the presence of lobster, you do have to cut all ties to the lowlier beef. Espiecially when both are pitched at the same price. Don’t be that person.
Both lobster options are served on a paper serviette and tray, whilst ordering the whole lobster will give you a chance to become acquainted with a hefty pair of crackers. This may unintentionally lead to hurling around fragments of shell in a bid to prize out every last speck of meat. A side sauce of drawn butter perfectly matches the indulgence of the lobster.
The benefit of the lobster roll is that the hard work is done for you. A butter-saturated brioche bun is toasted to a golden glow, inside which is spongy bread of excellent crumb. Plump nuggets of lobster overflow from the bun, steeped in a rich and excellent wasabi mayonnaise. Sides for both lobster options are incredibly moreish thin-cut fries, and a leafy salad smothered in dressing. These unstinting portions are certainly not for the timid.
There are four outposts of Burger and Lobster in London, located in Mayfair, Soho, Farringdon and City. Unfortunately none of the restaurants take bookings and the popularity of the concept means that queues are commonplace, even at off-peak times. Settling for food at the bar will cut down the waiting time substantially. As an added bonus, a bar seat at the Mayfair branch of Burger and Lobster boasts views of the bartenders-cum-cavemen, complete with lustrous facial hair and slightly mad, roving eyes. Oh, meow.
All in all, Burger and Lobster is a fun little joint worth every penny (for the lobster).
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