Rock Lobsta opened recently, offering guests at Mayfair’s Mahiki something a little different. The new dining concept, from DJ-turned-chef Carl Clarke and nightclub entrepreneur Piers Adam, takes you down to the first floor of the famous London bar, to their spacious 60-cover debut restaurant.
The essence of Clarke’s project is, as with his other ventures Disco Bistro and God Save the Clam, rooted in his vision. A neon installation and Rock Lobsta posters decorate the entrance and the walls of the interior. Accompanied by comfortable booths, wicker chairs and bamboo tables in true Mahiki style, Rock Lobsta creates a fun and informal eating environment for its exciting seafood.
The seating is complemented by a large bar within the restaurant area, to witness all the expert mixology first-hand, as well as a collection of punk-rock classics and current tracks playing over the speakers for the evening’s entertainment. Complimentary popcorn is provided on each table for guests to nibble on whilst they decide which drinks to order.
The accomplished drinks menu includes distinctive craft beer pale ales, bottled lager, a selection of wine by the glass and soft drinks as well. Cocktails are, of course, well represented by signature Mahiki concoctions involving fruity, tropical ingredients. The Gin infusion of Saffron & Dill is an elaborate yet enjoyable option, as is the Dark ’n’ Stormy.
Some of the starters, sides, and snacks are served in small street food-esque baskets, reminiscent of an American beach fast food diner, to add to the unorthodox experience of the restaurant’s theme. The Lobster Corndogs, served with dipping pots of thousand-island dressing and chilli vinegar are delicious, and a real pre-main course treat. The wood-grilled Scallops, served with apple and charcoal oil are bursting with authentic flavour, and are beautifully presented in shells on the plate.
Burgers and rolls, such as the Mahiki Burger or the Rock Lobsta Roll have a significant role to play on the menu, as does the tantalising Raw Wild Sea Bass with passion fruit. Alternatively, the Native Cornish Lobster, served with either chilli or garlic butter, and the 40-day-aged Rib Eye Steak, with a delicious house sauce and dripping chips, are of particularly high quality served from the restaurant’s wood grill.
Finally, for dessert, the Strawberry Shortcake sundae is summery, refreshing and a very tasty way to end the evening. There is also the Mahiki Coconut sundae, along with a number of cocktails intended specifically for after the meal.
Prompt, conscientious service, with a pleasant and attentive manner is a much appreciated bonus, adding to the restaurant’s credentials. Rock Lobsta certainly delivers delicious seafood to diners at this late-night London venue.
Address: 1 Dover St, London W1S 4LD