Saturday, 31 March 2012

Burger & Lobster

If I were an animal I'd be a lobster because I’m noble (self-assessed no less) and fancy a bit of negligible senescence. But then again-

'Tis the voice of the Lobster: I heard him declare
"You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."

As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose

Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.

When the sands are all dry, he is gay as a lark,

And will talk in contemptuous tones of the Shark;

But, when the tide rises and sharks are around,

His voice has a timid and tremulous sound.

Lewis Carroll

Oh dear, tremulous and whatnot, the lobster is therefore hellishly foolish and thus a condemned creature. That said; its deliciousness which will never pass into nothingness, has its ‘easy prey’ tag to thank for (or not).

Lobster is an ancient creature
Eating lobster is a luxury

Luxury is an ancient notion

Burger & Lobster needs no introduction and if I’m to sum it up, it has to be one of London's best cheap eats.

Where else can you find a lobsta dinner for less than 20 quid?

There’s the Thermidor for £19.99 from Marks and Sparks...

...or the dressed Canadian for the same price.

Lest I forget, the £16.80 Lobster Noodles from Hung’s in Chinatown...

...augmented with enough noodles to feed more than 1 person but sadly let down by the flavourless lobster that was quite plainly harvested out of the the freezer.

Or the most complete caboodle of joy for 2 tenners plus 12.5% service.

The lobster came with crunchy greaseless chips, a wonderfully dressed salad, and the ambrosia quality of the lemon and garlic butter. The crustacean, first steamed and finally grilled was outstanding. It was delectably sweet, fresh and generously large (it must have taken the poor so and so at least four to five years to reach the size). And to think, there I am gloating about this magnificent beast and it wasn’t even native but Nova Scotian.

The Burger or a Goodman one by any other name.

It too came with the excellent chips and salad that accompanied the lobster. The burger was ordered medium rare with optional cheese and bacon requested at no extra premium (I know, the world’s your oyster for £20!). It arrived mooingly rare and was frightful enough to put my dining companion off. Which meant all the more for me and I happily scoffed the whole thing. It was a very good burger but not quite as good as this.

If I were an animal I'd be a pig at Burger & Lobster instead. Highly recommended.

29 Clarges Street
London, W1J 7EF

1 comment:

Whats for Lunch? said...

The lobster at Hung's in Chinatown is great, and tastes delicious if you can get past the poor service.