Burger & Lobster is a place that has been on my “To do” list since the day it opened but for one reason or another, whenever I planned to go there it just didn’t happen.. So when a friend called me up to say he was popping down from Paris for the day and wanted to have lunch, I knew this was where I was going to take him. Obviously considering the small chain has been open since late 2011, I’m a bit late in getting there but thought I’d share my experience none the less.
When you walk in you immediately get the vibe that you are stepping into a Soho trend spot – Exposed bricks and bulbs, red leather booths, crowded bar and a loud and jaunty atmosphere from a mix of clientele; the creative advertising types, the west end suited slickers, trendy Soho kids and even a few celebs in the mix (I was sat in a booth next to Joey & Sam from The Only Way is Essex – OK, Z List Celebs.. but still!)
Arriving at 2.00 PM on a weekday I wasn’t expecting to have to stand outside in a queue with an approx. 90 minute wait as most would have to do on a weekend, but the place was still completely packed. Always a great sign. We were told we would have to wait around 25 minutes so I headed to the bar to order my friends some drinks until a table became available. Walking up to the bar I was dreading getting served since I had to squeeze into a small spot and was wondering how I would possibly get noticed in such a crowd when literally, as soon as my hand touched the bar, one of the bartenders placed a serviette in front of me, asked me how I was and what I would like to order. They have a variety of beers that are well priced and an impressive cocktail list at about £10 each. After ordering two Asahi’s and a Diet Coke, I got a polite tap on the shoulder to let me know our table was ready. Pretty sure we only waited 8 minutes! Amazing.
There’s no menu at Burger & Lobster, just various chalkboards with drawings of burgers and (you guessed it..) lobsters! Our server came over and talked us through the 3 choices.. A beef burger, a steamed/grilled lobster or a lobster roll.. all served with fries and salad and an optional garlic butter with the lobster choices. Having heard so much about it from friends I was already set on the Lobster Roll. My friends seemed unconvinced but decided to go for the same. The food came out not long after but I suppose that is the benefit of having such a minimalist menu! When our platters we set down in front of us, all three of us could not help but to go “Wow”.
The lobster is served in a toasted brioche like roll, an optional garlic butter, a mound of slinky fries and a small salad. You will not go hungry here!
Each item costs £20. Now, even for Soho, £20 does seem quite steep for a burger and fries. Having spoken to a few people, they say considering how big the portion is and how delicious it is makes up for it is. The lobster dishes seem like more bang for your buck. I can vouch for how absolutely delicious it was.. tender and the garlic butter complimented it perfectly. The fries were well cooked and the salad was a refreshing addition to the platter.
Expect to pay around £25 – £30 (incl. service charge) per head if you are drinking beer or soft drinks and skipping dessert, stick in an additional £15-20 if you’re drinking cocktails. The service is impeccable, the staff are friendly and helpful and the food.. is just.. Fabulous. Book in advance if there are 6 or more of you.. otherwise get there early to avoid queuing for hours!
One other note: Avoid going there if you are on a first date or in the early stages of a romance. As my friend so eloquently put it – “There was a mix of so many people in there; rich, posh, average joe’s.. but when you can’t figure out how to eat your lobster roll without making a mess.. we are all the same.”
Definitely will be going back there very soon.
Thanks for reading Londonistas!
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