In the city of London you no longer have to worry about getting the balance right when taking your beautiful companion out on a date. Previously men have wasted time deliberating over restaurant choices trying to find somewhere new and exciting with high class ingredients. The problem is balancing the dichotomy between high end quality and relaxed, fun food. Go too upmarket and the formal setting will ruin the first date with both of you feeling too uncomfortable to interact as you stare blindly at an array of cutlery barely daring to make the faux pas of trying to spread your cheese with your fruit knife. Yet go too casual and you run the risk of your date ending up knocked into by the people at the raucous table behind, an upset stomach from food which has sat out for a rather dubious amount of time and fingers covered in grease and sauce – not ideal.
Let us then save you the trouble of deliberating any longer over the perfect amalgamation of smart casual and introduce you to a few favourites in the next few blogs.
The first we will look at (and a personal favourite) is Burger and Lobster.
With five locations in London you have a fair chance of being within proximity of getting to a venue and it really is worth the travel. The concept is simple, you can order a homemade burger (accompanied with salad and French fries) or you can order a one and a half pound lobster with a drawn butter sauce (accompanied with salad and French fries) either way it will set you back £20, even with London prices this may be slightly on the steep side for the burger but I think we will all agree, it is brilliant value for money for the lobster.
It is no doubt partly due to this very reasonable pricing of the lobster and enthusiasm for the quality of the food that the chain has been known for its queues that trail down the street. However, whilst the Mayfair and Knightsbridge locations do not allow for reservations, you will be pleased to learn that the Soho, Farringdon and City locations do (although you need to make a reservation online instead of over the phone). Since you are asked how you would like your burger cooked and with the option of cheese and/or bacon, they try to be slightly more accommodating with the lobster, giving you a choice of having it either whole, steamed or (my personal favourite for the charcoal edges) grilled, with clarified butter or garlic and lemon butter or for those who don’t want to get messy, they can have it in a crunchy, buttery, utterly indulgent brioche roll with wasabi mayonnaise.
Not only does B&L do great food but they make great cocktails. Their bourbon is also a must for fans and is the perfect thing to quaff down in between sweet mouthfuls of lobster and salty fries. The benefit of course of eating here is you have the option of eating an indulgent delicacy without worrying about being ripped off for meagre portions at Michelin prices. B&L is a fun place to go and the queues that have prevailed since the chain launched are testament to the success they have had. For those who want to have fun I would highly recommend checking out the cocktail list and then getting stuck in with claw crackers to the whole lobster. For those who want a more refined evening then perhaps the lobster roll and wine and champagne list is more for you. However, I would say that really the best thing about having the whole lobster is having it with your dinner companion and working as a team with the claw crackers to try and extract every bit of the lovely meat. The animation you see on the other diners’ faces as you see them try to pry their way around every inch of shell is amusing in itself and frankly sitting in awkward silence in a place like this would be impossible nay obscene. So if you are looking for somewhere fun yet indulgent to take your date that won’t break your bank then I cannot recommend this place more.
If you liked this blog then we will be reviewing other places around London, looking for the perfect place for a fun yet memorable date. Let the champers and lobster flow.