Please sound the conch, alert the town elders and light the beacons. I have found the most amazing restaurant. I was invited along to Steak and Lobster the other night to see what I thought, and I had such a bloody good evening that as far as I’m concerned, if you don’t go we really need to have words.
The concept is pretty simple: a steak or a lobster for twenty quid. But also, and this is a game changer, UNLIMITED FRIES AND SALAD. UNLIMITED FRIES.
In the interest of giving the place a fair review, covering all the bases, the Chap and I felt we needed to sample the cocktail menu, just so you wouldn’t get intimidated by the choice, bless you.
First up, a Garden Pear and a French 75. My Garden Pear was amaaaazing – fresh ginger, sugar, lemon, and pear purée, topped up with vodka and ginger ale. It was beautifully refreshing, with a great kick to it. Obviously I tried the French 75 too (Tanqueray, lemon juice, sugar and Brut Champagne), which was beautiful. It tasted a bit like a very expensive, very dry prosecco, but with lots of really interesting flavours.
Our waitress, Constance, was brilliant, talking us through the menu and explaining it all to us. The only thing you can really um and ah over – apart from whether or not to have steak or lobster – are the sides. We decided to save ourselves for pudding until the last minute when the Chap changed his mind and decided to start with some steak bites before his… steak.
These were really good, with a fantastic peppery crust, and cooked perfectly medium rare; they disappeared quite quickly.
I always leave wine up to Craig as he has some sort of idea what he’s doing, whereas I tend to choose bottles because they have an animal on the label. He picked the Pinot Noir which was bloody lovely. It was also nice to be asked if we wanted the wine to breathe or the cork popped back in, though I would have been happy with just a straw really.
So. Here we reach the super important bit. The mains. I went for the lobster, grilled, and the Chap had the steak with peppercorn sauce. Both come with a little bowl of salad and chips. I was still pretty sceptical about the unlimited thing, but we’ll come to that later. Confession time: I have never eaten lobster. And I’m also not a huge fan of fish or seafood. So why, you ask, why on earth did I order it? Because they always look AMAZING and I feel LEFT OUT. That’s why. I am so glad I went for it. The meat was an amazing texture, and not at all rubbery, with a really delicate flavour.
The Chap had the steak, and until I tucked into my lobster I was quite jealous. Obviously I had to try a bit, just so I could write this, and I thought it was amazing. The meat was incredibly tender and melted in your mouth. Craig enjoyed it, and said that while the steak wasn’t the best quality it wasn’t at all bad, and was seasoned really well. Which I reckon, for £20, is pretty good.
Let’s talk chips. They were AMAZING. And man, I like my chips. Crispy on the outside and fluffy in the middle, they tasted great. And are GENUINELY unlimited. I couldn’t believe it. Once we’d finished out mains and I’d maimed a lobster and nearly taken the Chap’s eye out with bits of shell, all we had to do was order more and more chips came. This is a revelation. I still feel a bit shaky thinking about it.
When we first sat down I was set on the Knickerbocker Glory for pudding, but, I am ashamed to say, I just couldn’t manage it. Craig always has room for pudding though, so a chocolate cheesecake was ordered. And I have high praise for the manager, Dwight, who as well as being incredibly lovely, helpful and attentive (and I watched, he was to everyone), when I said I wasn’t going to have any, didn’t do that hugely annoying thing restaurants do of bringing two spoons ‘just in case’. Obviously I say this is annoying, and it is, only until I do want to eat someone else’s pudding.
The Chap says this was amazing, and I am inclined to believe him. I mean, just LOOK at that.
While I couldn’t manage dessert, I thought I could probably fit in another cocktail. I went for a passionfruit and vanilla Mojito, which I could happily drink all day. The Chap had a fig and honey sour with his pudding. Jack Daniels Honey, vodka, fig purée, lemon juice, egg white and honey syrup. It should have been great, but was the one meh thing about the whole evening. I also had a blackberry sling which was wonderful – very rich and a great end to the meal.
All in all, I thought Steak and Lobster was brilliant. Just around the corner from Tottenham Court Road, it’s easy to get to, you can sit outside, the food is great, and the staff are just wonderful. I can’t thank them enough for a really great evening
Steak and Lobster 9-13 Bloomsbury Street London WC1B 3QD 020 8817 0944 email@example.com