National Lobster Day with Steak & Lobster

It’s not just me is it? 

There’s a ‘day’ or ‘week’ for everything now. I know it’s probably more likely that it’s because we’re all online and get to hear about them more frequently, but we seem to be celebrating everything from sausages to sandwiches.

So, as I mentioned in a previous post, I only tend to get excited about a few of them – yesterday’s World Gin Day, World Martini Day on 19 June and World Whisky Day.

But I’ve just found that two rather good ones clash on Monday. Now I’m not sure how that’s possible, but given it’s British Beer Day and National Lobster Day, I’m quite happy to find a way to enjoy them both.

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Unsurprisingly, so have Steak & Lobster. Given that that’s what they do, it’s a bit of a no brainer – they used the opportunity to introduce us to the new Head Chef at the Radisson Blu Edwardian, James Chapman and show us mere mortals how they do it. 

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Oh, and for those curious, they do have a vegetarian option, but this post is generally meat and shellfish themed.

In the bright sunshine we were greeted by nibble sized versions of their lunch menu – crispy coated lobster bon-bons with a smooth garlic mayonnaise and a lobster ceviche, light clean, soft and sweet. 

While we were sampling, James worked, and talked, heating the grill to the right temperature, instructing us on how to prepare lobsters at home, as they do in the restaurant, and how they serve the lobsters in the restaurant – steamed, the lighter option, or grilled with butter.

2015-06-11 19.47.05As the lobsters warmed through on the grill the smell of the charred shells became more and more appetising and James also showed us how to skillfully prepare a Bernaise sauce. 

And then it was time for the alternative to your whole lobster, the 10 oz  rib eye steak. 

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It’s enough to make your mouth water. Your steak is cooked to order and, like your lobster, served with unlimited fries and salad, and it’s possible to upgrade both – from the £18 This or That option to the £33.00 16oz steak and the £45 2lb lobster. 

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As the sun began to set, we headed inside with our cocktails to do the Steak & Lobster version of singing for your supper – a lobster themed quiz, with one or two sneaky trick questions. Naughty. Of course trying to complete the quiz when they have their three most loved cocktails at £5 each from 1pm to 11pm, may prove challenging.

It may also make choosing between steak and lobster difficult. So, well, we didn’t. 

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Oh boy. Thanks chef. I’m still not sure we did that tender rare steak, or that buttery lobster justice. 

Dessert options are just as classic as the steak. Banana split, knickerbocker glory or rich mascarpone filled chocolate cheesecake, just in case you still have room in your tum. 

If you fancy indulging on Monday, or any day next week for that matter, diners can enter a competition to win a return visit complete with wine, and expert lobster cracking demonstration.

As for me? I took my lobster home.

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With thanks to the Radisson Edwardian and Steak & Lobster for their time, the food and drinks, and to James for the demonstration. 

The food and drink at this event were provided for free by the Radisson for their invited guests. We were very impressed with both the food and service, and extra thanks to Jessica, Ben, Ryan and Sunita for hosting us. 

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