John Lewis’ rooftop is back and with a series of super-cool restaurant residencies and we went to check out the foodie fav – B.O.B.’s Lobster. Take the garden shed lift from the 5th floor, by the ‘Place To Eat’ and you’ll come out on to the rooftop – a green oasis with an amazing sky line view over London.
With the option of indoor and outdoor tables (obviously weather dependent) the atmosphere is très laid back and you get the feeling that you’ve rocked up to a pimped-up, cocktail serving garden centre.
There’s a bespoke menu created especially for its residency at the Gardening Society and picnic menu (which can be taken away) and has the B.O.B’s classics from its street food truck. It’s suggested that you share two or three dishes per person – so that’s just what we did.
With lots of seafood options on the menu we went for something a bit different and choose the Beef Tartare. The beef steak is cut into small chunks and has a delicious nutty and herby flavour thanks to the crushed almonds and micro celery. There’s a variety of textures with creaminess from the avocado and the crunch from the nuts and the salted crisps which can be used to scoop up the tartare. We would recommend this dish for those looking to try tartare for the first time.
The Crab Croqueta Tacos are a great seafood take on the fish taco and are giant in size and flavour. With a fluffy crisp batter on the outside and then a soft, fresh filling of crab and a hint of saltiness on the inside.
Then out came the big boys, with a Lobster Roll and the Lobster Mac n Cheese for our “mains”.
This is one hell of lip-smacking dish. Simply served with wedge of lemon to keep your attention on the big chunks of juicy, succulent lobster stuffed into a lightly toasted buttery-brioche sandwich. You’ll be fighting over the bigger half on this one, so if you’re a lobster fanatic we advise ordering one each.
CHEESE. CHEESE. CHEESE. This dish was so comforting and moreish with its super rich and hearty fromage flavours mixed in with pieces of lobster and crunchy pieces of onion scattered throughout.
For dessert, there’s Vanilla soft serve ice cream…but with a twist. Served with olive oil and flaked sea salt. Give it good stir when it arrives to avoid getting your first mouthful full of salt. The subtle taste of olive oil was actually really enjoyable and the vanilla ice cream wasn’t too sweet offering the perfect balanced and very satisfying dessert.
This rooftop restaurant is the perfect destination if you’re looking for fun setting for a quick lunch, catch up with your nearest and dearest or date with that someone special. B.O.B.’s Lobster is at John Lewis until 31st July 2016 so book a table now to avoid missing out. Book here.
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