Here’s a fun fact about me- up until this summer I have lived my life thinking that I’m allergic to shellfish (fascinating, I know).
Luckily, I’ve made a miraculous recovery from said allergy and I’m now on a mission to make up for lost time by trying all the crustaceans and molluscs out there. Our visit to Bob’s Lobster was the perfect place to continue my latest food love story and if you hadn’t already guessed what they have on offer, the clue is in the name.
The venue is decorated in a style that resembles a crossover between a seaside shack and an American diner; red and white gingham tablecloths, signposts across the bar and bistro chairs are all accompanied by glitzy baubles which dangle from the ceiling to sprinkle festive spirit on the existing trendy interior.
Once guided to our window seats, my friend and I were quick to scan our eyes across the cocktail menu. We picked the perfect day to visit, as the venue offers ½ price margaritas with any taco order every Tuesday. Spoiled for choice by a selection of different margaritas, I opted for the House Margarita (£10 standard price).
You either love them or you hate them, but we had to order Raw Oysters (£3 each) to start. I’m a sucker for a good ol’ helping of mignonette on the molluscs, and as always, these were fresh, and slid down as they should.
For the main event, we ordered a selection of dishes to share, because how can you decide on just one with a menu so delicious? The two of us licked our lips as a serving of 3 Cheese Mac ‘n’ Cheese (£9) was placed in front of us by the waitress. The ten second wait for the rest of our meal was excruciating as we gawped at the crispy top of the dish, which was scattered with garlic breadcrumbs, and cracked exquisitely when spooned up with our portions. As for the taste? Think creamy, indulgent, and deliciously rich.
We opted for the Tuna Tacos (£12) to pair with our half-price margarita. A perfect combination of texture and taste, the sashimi tuna was topped with a dollop of wasabi guacamole and scattered with sesame seeds, all neatly packed within a crispy wonton shell which offered us a fresh burst of flavour.
The standout dish however was of course the Lobster and Crayfish Roll (£22). Sandwiched in between a succulent and soft brioche bun, the meatiness of the lobster married the sweetness of the crayfish in what was a delightful dining ceremony. The dish was served alongside a cute addition of homemade crisps wrapped in gingham paper, which truly felt like we had skipped our way to an American seaside.
It wouldn’t have been a true dining experience at a fish restaurant without a couple of bottles of white (as if we need an excuse). Our choice for the evening was the Albarino (£40), a dry, sharp, and refreshing vino that accompanied the seafood perfectly.
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Pack your rubber rings and factor 50 as Bob’s Lobster truly feels like a dining escape. For any seafood lovers or newfound shellfish devourers, this one really can’t go a miss. Had our stomachs had more room? I have no doubt we’d have made our way through the whole menu.
💰 The damage: Around £100 each for a selection of dishes, a cocktail each and two bottles of wine
📍 The location: Unit 71, St. Thomas Street, London, SE1 3QX
👌 Perfect for: An after-work casual dining experience with mates or dates.
⭐ Need to know: Forget cocktails, this venue offers an oyster happy hour every Tuesday to Friday- £1 oysters with any glass or bottle of wine.
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