In the heart of Borough Market, tucked away next to Borough Kitchen, lives BOB’s Lobster. For those who aren’t familiar with the Bedales legacy, it might be easy to miss in the hustle and bustle of the market’s daily activities. This would be a mistake.
BOB’s Lobster is began its life in the very same distinctive VQ campervan you find today. It all started off as tours and pop-ups and collaborations, and has grown rapidly over 5 years to where it is today. BOB’s actually stands for Bedales of Borough, the independent family-owned group of wine bars and restaurants, and, as luck would have it, the owner and founder of these is also called Rob.
When it comes to blurring the boundaries of fine dining and street food, BOB’s Lobster has perfected the art. It draws equally from the high quality and extravagance of the first, and the sheer deliciousness and comfortable indulgence of the latter. Good food, and good hospitality. The menu is short and simple (with enough space for Prosecco, of course), and wholly represents this philosophy.
It was the Lobster & Crayfish Roll that struck us as above and beyond most seafood rolls we have had the pleasure of demolishing. The light brioche roll is fried to complete perfection, and best of all, there is no skimping on the quantity of super fresh seafood filling. It may look small, but it’s very satisfying, especially with a side. This delectable masterpiece will set you back £19, but considering what you’re getting in the roll, it’s an absolute steal.
The Fried Shrimp Roll undoubtedly deserves a mention. It comes with a sweet mayo, gherkins, and garnish, all packed into that dreamy brioche roll.
Lobster Arancini and Crab Tacos are also on offer. The arancini balls are one of our favourite grab-and-go snacks in Borough Market, forming the ultimate snack.
In fact, this is such a popular spot with regulars that the most sought-after items on the menu regularly sell out. Be sure to get there early to if you want to get your hands on the delicious Lobster Mac and Cheese – it’s a fan favourite and goes very fast.
The street food stall may not be ground-breaking in terms of menu innovation – but there again it’s not supposed to be. Its simplicity makes it universally appealing, and its mind-blowing flavour and quality of ingredients really does make it a no-brainer when it comes to choosing where to snack when in SE1.
You can give BOB’s Lobster a try at their stall at Market Hall, Borough Market, SE1 9AL, or at the restaurant itself at 77 St Thomas Street, SE1 3QX.
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