Burger & Lobster

Restaurants , North American Farringdon
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Burger & Lobster (Rob Greig / Time Out)
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Burger & Lobster (Rob Greig / Time Out)
Rob Greig / Time Out
Burger & Lobster (Rob Greig / Time Out)
Rob Greig / Time Out

The Clerkenwell branch of the popular surf 'n' turf specialists with the shortest, sweetest menu in town.

If there were ever a time to have a threesome, this would be it. It might get pretty messy, you might feel sinful, but it’ll be memorable. No, this isn’t a swingers’ club: we’re talking about a meal at the new branch of Burger & Lobster.

At this third outing, there are once again three dishes on the menu, all terrific in equal measure. The way to fully enjoy it is to do as we did. Go with two friends, and go three ways. The chefs, who’ve seen it all before, will even divvy the dishes up for you.

Let’s start with the burger: the patty is thick and juicy, the soft bun sprinkled with black and white sesame seeds. There are all the usual toppings (red onion, lettuce, tomato), plus a layer of (optional) crispy bacon and melted cheese. It’s by-the-book, but done exceptionally well.

Then there’s the lobster: steamed or steamed-then-grilled (we opted for the latter). Ours was sweet and slightly smokey, halved and with claws pre-cracked for easy access to the moist flesh.

Last, but by no means least, is the lobster roll. Generous chunks of white meat smothered with a rich mayo and sprinkled with chives, snuggled between two halves of a brioche loaf, rather than a regular roll. Salty, crunchy, skinny fries, plus a dinky salad of token greens complements the ménage à trois.

The restaurant’s large site, every bit as glam as its siblings, has an airier section under the roof lights, as well as plenty of dark corners suitable for some shady doings.

Venue name: Burger & Lobster
Address: 38-42 St John Street
Opening hours: Meals served noon-10.30pm Mon-Fri; 4-10.30pm Sat.
Transport: Tube: Barbican or Farringdon tube
Price: Meal for two with drinks and service: around £55
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