Anytime we have been in Monkstown, we have looked wistfully in the window of Lobstar, never having a booking and it always being busy meant we had to walk on! So this time, we booked ahead, for brunch on St. Patrick’s Day and as it happened it was quiet while we were there, through the early afternoon. We booked seats at the bar which is a short counter running alongside the window. I’m a fan of high stools and seats with a view so this was perfect for us. It’s a small cosy restaurant with clean lines, modern, white tiles, industrial styling touches in the lighting and furniture and pops of red.
Brunch is served at the weekends and bank holidays from 12-4pm while outside of brunch, Lobstar is open Tuesday to Sunday evenings for dinner. We decided to start with a sharing starter of Chicken Wings, soya, ginger, honey, coriander, sesame seeds, garlic (€8.95). The wings were gorgeous, beautifully sweet with the honey flavour balanced by the soy and herb flavours; a great start to brunch!
Onto mains, and I had to have lobster in some form so I decided on the New York Style Lobster Roll, egg fried mayo, hazelnut, fennel and mango salad, twice cooked fries (€21.95). He chose Mussels & Fries, saffron, white wine, cherry tomato, garlic, basil cress, twice cooked fries (€11.45). I was very tempted by the Lobster Ravioli (sweetcorn, fennel powder, lobster bisque) or the Lobstar Pot (half lobster, razor clams, mussels, sea trout, chunky tomato and saffron broth), next time I’ll have to try one of these!
Of the main courses, while the mussels were nice, they were a little small, both the portion and the size of the mussels but then at the price point of under €12 with fries, it’s hard to object much. The saffron white wine sauce the mussels were sitting in was delicious and made for a great chip dip!
The lobster roll was superb, a soft roll, delicious lobster inside, and paired perfectly with the warm twice cooked fries. A couple of things on the lobster roll, it wasn’t very generous on the filling and with the price point I expected a little more. And then the salad on the side, while I liked the individual flavours it just wasn’t a great combo and felt like it was there to bulk out the plate more than anything.
To go with brunch, we looked for a white wine that would work well with seafood, and from the (very nice) wine list chose a bottle of Muscadet La Griffe Sevre et Maine Sur Lie, Domaine Chereau Carre 2015, Loire Valley, France (€31.95)
For dessert as we were enjoying our little spot at the window, people watching we decided that instead of more food, we would have a glass of red wine and chose two glasses of the Bardolino DOC, Monte Del Fra 2015 – Tuscany, Italy (€7.90).
Our total bill, not including service, came to €90.10 and we felt this was great value for what we had. Great service, a lovely ambiance, and good food, a thoroughly enjoyable brunch.
Lobstar | 101 Monkstown Road, Monkstown, Co. Dublin | +353 1 537 3323