Look no further than the name for both the menu and the vibe at this buzzing and savvy restaurant that, despite its address, offers great value for money and some of the friendliest service in town.
Mayfair is not well known for its value for money eateries so perhaps that’s why Burger and Lobster does such a good job at looking like it’s going to be much more expensive than it is.
The place positively hums along, packed as it is with small café-style tables placed very close to one another, and barely large enough to host the large serving trays. Bookings are not taken and diners will not be seated until all the party arrives as the venue is immensely popular and - blissfully - management don’t insist on turning the tables over uncomfortably quickly. Thankfully there’s a very pleasant bar space at which to wait. Service is unobtrusive but always on hand and very friendly.
There are only two choices: a burger, or lobster. The burger is a fat, juicy affair with a round, proud patty of beef cooked medium or to request. The buns are made on site and are good milk-dough and sesame-topped rolls and for no extra cost you can choose to have cheese (cheddar) and/or bacon added, and slices of cucumber pickle are served on the side.
There are more choices to be made regarding the lobster (wild-caught from Canada, cooked to order from tanks held at the restaurant). The whole lobster can be steamed, or steamed and finished off on the char grill; and served with warm clarified butter or warm garlic and herb butter. And if tackling, cracking and picking a whole lobster is not your thing, you can order the lobster roll instead: a rich, buttery, soft brioche roll of huge chunks of lobster meat in Japanese-style mayonnaise.
For £20 your main comes with fries (thin) and an almost perfunctory salad of mixed leaves, red onion and cherry tomatoes, which makes this a very reasonable offering. Desserts are just as simple, with a chocolate or a lime mousse (£4) served in a milk bar-style paper tub. The chocolate version is perfectly acceptable but the lime is the clear winner here with loads of zing (perfect after a rich meal) and a dusting of ginger crumbs on top.
Burger and Lobster has a strong selection of old fashioned (in style, at least) cocktails, including the unusual sweet and bitter summer tipple, the Riesling Smash (£9), made with Riesling apricots, pink grapefruit, Kammerling’s and Riesling. The wine list provides some good value offerings, including Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque champagne for £120 a bottle (it retails for around £90 to £100). The coffee is excellent.
The Last Word
From the fat, vividly coloured lobster to the fat, juicy burgers, Burger and Lobster delivers what it offers with aplomb. Use a bib.