What is it? A new steak and lobster joint in the sweet little spot formerly occupied by Bistronomique.
The eats: A huge portion of the dishes claim Maine lobster as their main ingredient, making choosing between them a lengthy affair, that ended with a lot of lobster coming our way. We started with the lobster roll ($150) appetizer that came with a choice of mango, truffle or curry mayonnaise. We sampled the first two and found the mango perfectly complemented the local sweet bread roll, fried in butter, as well as offset the crunch of the celery and meaty pieces of lobster.
Most menu items are served with the fantastic homemade pickles, daikon and moreish French fries that were crispy on the outside and moist and flavourful inside. We took a brief departure from the red-clawed crustaceans to taste the thick, fresh scallops ($140) with cauliflower puree topped with a preserved citrus shard that gave the seafood a welcome touch of sweetness. We next supped the lobster boullaibaise that serves two ($680) and is filled with not only a generous portion of charred lobster but also blue mussels, squid, fish, carrots, tomatoes and scallops in a hearty, dark broth.
We also tried the lobster linguini (part of their $128 three course lunch set) that, in an unprecedented twist, has more seafood packed into it than pasta,, before tucking into a buttery nine ounce grilled ribeye ($320) from U.S. Brandt Family Reserve, with a fantastically flavourful beef jus and a smooth truffle mash that caused us to savour every bite. A kids menu hints at family friendliness, as does the dessert menu, that takes the fun form of an ice cream sundae extravaganza complete with several sauces and toppings to create your own sweet experiment. They also have a pineapple crumble ($55) for a fresh take on the traditional pudding.
The drinks: They serve a selection of inexpensive wines but also have a glorious BYOB policy with free corkage that add the cherry on top to this reasonably priced, good quality new eatery.
The verdict: Our new Foodie favourite. The food is excellent. The only problem with this place is the difficulty in deciding on a menu item. We suggest taking a few friends and sharing many of their delectable dishes.
1B Davis Street, Kennedy Town, 2398 1838