Burger & Lobster is expanding fast and now has a total of 15 restaurants worldwide including New York, Sweden and Kuwait. The latest location is situated a stones throw from the Central Criminal Court, more commonly known as the Old Bailey, making it the ninth location in London and quite possibly the biggest we’ve been too. We’re unsure if it beats the Soho restaurant with more covers but it certainly looked like this one we wouldn’t need to queue for.
The area has always been a hive of activity, and the addition of Burger & Lobster brings new delights to local city dwellers. With the simple mono-menu of burger or lobster – the brand continues its ethos that there are already too many decisions to make in life, so are keeping it simple with their no menu policy.
The cocktail menu is a clever nod or two to the surrounding area, with their latest cocktail “The Blind Beggar” named after the pub in Whitechapel where Ronnie Kray shot a rival gangster ( it was this murder that eventually put the Kray Twins behind bars at the Old Bailey).
George Bukhov owner of Burger and Lobster commented “To still be able to get a lobster for £20 in the capital is testament to our vision and dedication, and we’re delighted to be opening our new restaurant in such an historic area that has witnessed the Great Fire of London, survived a 1941 bombing by the Luftwaffe and has been immortalised by Charles Dickens in A Tale of Two Cities, now Burger & Lobster will be adding a new chapter to the area’s rich history.”
We ordered the melt in your mouth brioche lobster roll (consistently a winner) and our plus one was feeding a hangover so opted for the burger. The quality of produce is fabulous, the beef is corn-fed steak from the rolling hills of Nebraska and the lobsters are flown in live from the Atlantic having been caught by Burger & Lobster’s fishing pals over in Nova Scotia, Canada.
On our way out we saw some of the biggest lobsters we’d ever seen housed in large seawater tanks at the restaurant. One particular lobster (which we aptly named ‘boozy lobster’) was crawling at the bar with a cocktail and weighted a massive 3.6kg and we’re told would take 17 minutes to cook – WOW we wonder how many that one would feed…?