We were regulars to Harvey Nichols First Floor Restaurant and Bar, but its taken a while for us to return to its new life as Rock Lobster. Do try to get a table at the window, great people watching and view over the fountains and Pembroke district area. Inside it’s quite like it was in it’s Harvey Nichols Restaurant days, an airy and light filled space, blackboards displaying specials on the walls, dark woods, leather and earthy tones abound, it’s got a nice feeling…
Rock Lobster have a great dinner deal offer, 3 Courses with bottle of house wine at €65 for 2. The menu is the ‘early bird’ menu, 3 starters, 4 mains and 3 desserts. To start with there was a choice of Balscadden Crab Cake With Roast Peppers & Fennel, East Coast Chowder With Guinness Brown Bread or Rare Beef Salad Jerusalem Artichoke, Heirloom Tomato, Fresh Burrata Mozzarella & Basil Leaves. He chose the crab cake while I went for the rare beef salad.
Both starters were good, definitely creative styling and presentation particularly with the crab cake. While the rare beef salad read really well on the menu and looked great on the plate… the flavours of the different ingredients didn’t really stand out for me. It was nice, just nothing special.
Main courses were delicious! He had the RL Burger 10 0z Handmade Dry Aged Beef Burger, Flamed Grilled & Topped with Pastrami & Swiss Cheese and I chose Fish & Chips Hand Cut Fries, Tartar Sauce And Pea Purée. Both were really excellent dishes, well presented. My fish was perfect flaky white fish encased in a light batter, no grease or oil in sight, it was perfect!
I’m not normally a dessert person but as included in the menu I decided to try something and Rhubarb and Sherry Trifle sounded pretty nice. He went for the Crème Brûlée.
I loved the trifle, so good, lovely balance of the different layers and he was quite taken with his Crème Brûlée, just look at it!
The wine list didn’t really do much for us – there wasn’t anything that jumped out and overall there was a sense that it was an expensive wine list for what was on it. With the dinner deal this includes the house wine (€27) or you can choose a different wine and just pay the extra. We decided on a French red wine, Le Montalus, which was €28 and unfortunately definitely not worth that price. It was grand if it was a house red wine but far too expensive at the price it was for a rather generic bottle of 2014 red.
So overall there were really great bits, especially the main courses, and a few not so great in our meal at Rock Lobster. Enough to make us return though probably to try the a la carte menu and stick with cocktails instead of wine… that whole split lobster has my name on it and I’m looking forward to returning to try that.
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