Words by Catherine.
Gourmet food and London have had a very loving relationship with each other over the years. No longer are us Londoners happy with just going to our local pub every Sunday for a roast. Instead we’re after the exotic, entertaining and sometimes even extreme food tastes from around the world; Wahaca and grasshoppers come to mind.
Maybe not so extreme, but certainly entertaining (in my eyes) is the recent boom of the lobster. I do not think I’m alone in thinking there has been a significant rise in the number of restaurants, deli’s and pop-ups focused wholly on this food product. Burger & Lobster, Steak & Lobster, The Lobster Pot, Lobster London, Fraq’s Lobster Shack are to name a few. Other restaurants such as The Big Easy or ‘Smack Deli’ are not so obvious in their name but oh so clear on their menus. Lobster is on the menu kids, and by the looks of it, it’s here to stay.
For someone who grew up wide eyed on the idea of eating lobster, seeing it as a decadent, unusual shellfish which would be served up by the truck load for the rich and famous; I am rather enjoying this surge. Personally the £20 deal at the Big Easy which includes a slush puppy cocktail + chips + whole lobster + garlic butter does the trick. Or if you’re in the Soho area around lunch and fancy treating yourself, Smack Deli do a Lobster roll for £7.50 or a 1lb Lobster served with a zingy lemon mayonnaise for £10.
As most of us will have noticed, the UK is becoming more ‘Americanised’ (or Americanized depending on how far you think we’ve gone). Whether this is a positive or a negative is up to the individual. However, with Boston, Maine and New York being infamous for their Lobster shacks, it looks like there is a little competition popping up across the pond.