6/6/18 - Updated with first interior picture
What: BOB's Lobster
In a nutshell: Lobster shack goes permanent.
Summing it all up: BOB's Lobster are the latest to graduate from street food markets to a place they can call their own. They're setting up shop in the arches of the fully revamped London Bridge station. And yes, there will be lobster.
BOB's Lobster have been favourites on the street food scene for quite a few years now. Best known for their extremely good lobster rolls, they've been popping up at lots of Street Feast locations across town. And now they're going it alone.
It's all part of the huge revamp of London Bridge station that you might have seen if you've been in the area - completely overhauling the structure. We'll be hearing about lots more restaurants in this area soon - but it looks like Bob's Lobster will be among the first.
As to what they're serving, they have been hosting preview dinners (aka "test kitchens"), where dishes included "Smoked trout, salmon roe & fried ginger", "charred cauliflower with ancho chilli, pickled mushrooms and sunchokes" as well as frito misto with nduja aioli and uni carbonara with Irish sea urchin. Plus bar snacks include "tortilla chips & crispy salmon skins with smoked & whipped cod roe" and crab tortellini too. Expect to see those on the menu as well as:
- Smoked River Exe Mussels
- Braised Ox Cheek Dripping Toast
- Dorset Crab Tortellini
- Fried Chicken with Caviar Aioli
And the street food signature dishes including Ahi Tuna Tacos, Lobster Mac ‘n’ Cheese will be appearing too. But most of all, their staples of the lobster and crab rolls will be putting in an appearance with new bite-size versions of the lobster rolls too.
It's also being billed as a "wine bar and kitchen" so hopefully it'll be a handy place to stop in for people in the area too. "We will have a surreal list of epic wine bottles to enhance wine and food combinations," they told Hot Dinners, "all with the support of the wine team from Bedales of Borough. The wine team will be brought to the new site to bring spontaneous wine exploration to the fun, playfulness of BOB's food." They'll have 100 bottles as well as 15 by the glass, with a reserved list of old vintage Rieslings on rotation.
Speaking of fun, the layout of the new place (which will have room for 55 diners) sounds great too - "Our original 1957 VW split screen food truck is coming INSIDE with us." They'll be serving Buck a Shuck from the van - which is their version of an oyster happy hour.
More about BOB's Lobster Wine Bar & Kitchen
Where is it? Unit Su 59, London Bridge Station, St Thomas Street, London SE1 3QX
When does it open? 13 June 2018.
Soft launch details: The soft launch with 30% off EVERYTHING (booze included!) will take place on Saturday 9 June for dinner from 6pm, and Tuesday 12 June for lunch from 12pm-3.30pm and dinner from 6pm. No reservations will be taken for the soft launch.
Can you book? Yes you can - and half the tables will be kept back for walk-ins too (they'll take your number, no queues)
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