26 July 2013

Rock Lobsta at Mahiki

Caroline             Ellie
That's it! I'm back in the saddle!

After a quiet couple of weeks post Glastonbury/Vegas and with my birthday week fast approaching, my social calendar is looking much more appealing. Lots of new restaurants and bars have opened up in London over the past couple of months and they're just crying out to be tried and tested.

First stop - Rock Lobsta.

I wore my new summer dress from Love.

As you may know from past posts, I was a huge fan of Disco Bistro (oh, those chicken wings...) and Rock Lobsta is the brain child of the same DJ turned chef, Carl Clarke. Planned as a permanent addition to Mahiki (it's in what was the large upstairs bar area) Clarke has brought lobster in a bun from the food vans of the East End to the glamour of the West End.

I've been to Mahiki many times and it tends to be a really fun night out. With an exciting cocktail menu and tropical Honolulu theme, it's one of few nightclubs in the West End that plays commercial music and doesn't take itself too seriously. The service can be a bit temperamental but as nightclubs go, it does benefit from having a mainly fun and friendly atmosphere.

The Rock Lobsta menu is a tempting mix of luxury and fast food. Delicate Cornish lobster thrown into a bap with pickles and mayo. Scallops in the shell served along side Fried Beer Cheese. I was intrigued.

Our reservation was at 6.30pm and the restaurant was pretty empty. It did get more busy later on and by the time we moved to the nightclub quite a few more tables were taken but I think the word needs to spread.

And spread I think it shall.

We decided to share the Fried Beer Cheese (how could we not?) and the Wood Grilled Scallops to start.

The fried cheese was really tasty. I'm not sure where the 'truffles' bit referred to in the menu was but these babies were gorgeous little nuggets of melted cheese in a crispy crumb coating with a fruity gooseberry sauce on top - a nice touch.

The scallops were juicy and succulent but the dish didn't excite me. They were served on a bed of apple and herbs but there wasn't anything particularly exciting in there; I was expecting something a little more punchy.

We both went for the signature Rock Lobsta Roll for our main course.

Oh yes, this was good. Not scrimping on the lobster, the lovely toasted bun was packed full of the succulent meat, crispy lettuce and tasty house mayo. They were both polished off very quickly! The chips were good too (although  not quite up to Disco Bistro's very high standards).

Cocktails delicious as usual!

We still had room to sample dessert.

We both chose the Strawberry Shortcake Sundae.

The ice cream arrived quite melted - I'm not sure if this was the intention or if it had just been left out of the freezer too long - but the dessert was still a delight with the crispy crumble creating a wonderfully textured dish. I definitely could have eaten more of it but seeing as we were heading downstairs to the club afterwards, it was probably just as well it was a bit on the small side.

Rock Lobsta is a really funky and cool addition to Mahiki. The food is good (if a little on the expensive side) and as its popularity inevitably grows, the party atmosphere of this restaurant/bar will be amazing as it attracts many pre-clubbers as well as after work diners. It's open until 11.30pm so is a great place to line the stomach before a late night of partying.

One note though: they really could do with hiring some slightly less surly waitresses!

Dinner done and we were nicely full but not stuffed to the brim. It was down to the club for another Dark 'n' Stormy cocktail and a dance!

There are a couple of rather sore heads in London town today!

Rock Lobsta
Bar Service
Waiter Service

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  1. Great post as always, I will be checking this place out for sure!


    1. You should it's definitely a fun night out!

  2. 15 pounds for a hamburger, that must be one hell of a burger haha Your dress is cute and the restaurant looks like its decorated pretty cute too!
    What is in a dark and stormy? sounds intriguing

    A Golden State of Mind

    1. It's not cheap is it!

      Thanks hun. The cocktail was rum, ginger beer and lime :)


  3. I've heard whispers of this place all over the blogosphere...am so happy you got to go enjoy it and share your experience with us! I feel I need to get onto this whole Lobster bandwagon, it seems rather fitting :)
    x x x

    {The Lobster & Me}

    1. It definitely does seem fitting! ;) Mahiki would actually be the perfect place for another little bloggers get-together

  4. Absolutely love love love your dress!



  5. Replies
    1. Thank you! I hope you continue enjoying it!

  6. Such a shame you had surly waitresses - they were extra lovely when we went...!! Glad you liked the beer cheese mmmm!!

    R xx


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