This modern restaurant in the heart of Bree Street follows the culinary trend of specialising in one ingredient or dish, and executing that particular dish to perfection. In this case, it’s two dishes: burgers and lobster (sustainable, of course), as reflected in the restaurant’s name. The result is a menu with a minimal selection, but with maximum preparation invested in each dish.
Keeping it simple
The menu is built around three core items: the beef burger, the lobster roll and the whole fresh lobster (either steamed, or steamed and grilled). In case you’re wondering, B&L is serious about sustainability and, as such, only use Maine lobster and South African South Coast lobster. Each is accompanied by a fresh herb salad and a side of fries.
The burger patty is made from three cuts of A-grade beef, while the lobsters are sourced from the South African South Coast and Maine in the USA. Ingredients such as the brioche buns used for the burger and lobster roll, and the butter sauce used for the lobster, are freshly prepared on-site.
There’s also a selection of cocktails, created in collaboration with top South African bartender and mixologist, Brent Perremore, and recommended burger/lobster and cocktail pairings are included in the menu.
Although the three aforementioned dishes are the stars of the show, they’re not the only choices available. In order to keep things fresh, there’s a selection of Chef’s Specials that are rotated regularly, and may include the five-week dry-aged organic steak, the seven samurai lobster roll and the Lobster Nicoise salad with a twist.
The dessert menu also changes regularly, and you’ll need to ask your waitron what’s available on the day – look out for favourites like the creamy #monstershakes, and the decadent Oreo cheesecake.
New York state of mind
Burger & Lobster transitions seamlessly between a relaxed lunch spot by day, great for working lunches, and a vibrant restaurant and bar by night. The high-energy ambience is enhanced by the urban decor – think black steel, exposed brick and buttoned leather seating.
The professional and friendly service carries the fast pace, with restaurant staff committed to delivering food orders within 15 to 20 minutes of them being placed.
It’s no wonder the restaurant, which opened in 2016, has established itself as a firm favourite on the highly competitive Bree Street strip.