The Soho branch of the two-dish surf 'n' turf specialist, with some wicked desserts if you're sensible enough to leave space for them.
Proof that less can be more, the late 2011 launch of Burger & Lobster, with its no-nonsense, three-item menu of burger, lobster, or lobster roll, was a runaway hit. This second branch – a large Soho diner tricked out with lobster-red banquettes – is no less popular, with all the seats on our midweek visit occupied and a loud, jaunty atmosphere. While it’s possible for groups or lunchtimers to book, this joint is geared towards walk-ins, with a clipboard waiting list and a cocktail bar for loitering.
Food costs £20, an all-in price that includes a huge carton of thin-cut fries and even a side salad: you won’t go hungry here. Our burger, cooked medium-rare as requested, came classically filled with lettuce, tomato and red onion, plus thick-cut bacon and a melted square of processed cheese. It’s pretty good, but for ultimate value, choose the lobster. We had ours in the shell: a 1lb whole crustacean, first steamed, then grilled, for a terrific balance of subtle sweetness with just a lick of smoke. For an extra £10, you can upgrade to a whopping two-pounder, but we prefer to leave room for a sweet treat: the Snickers-in-a-tub pud saw rich chocolate mousse layered on to a devilish peanut-studded salt caramel. Cheery staff smooth the ride along.