May 11, 2018
Entered by way of an elevator in a high-rise office building, the latest venture from the guys behind The Loft, Sugarhills and the Sweethearts Rooftop Barbecue in Kings Cross, amongst others, The Rook has a very urban vibe. The walls are sprayed with graffiti, the furniture is well-worn and artfully mismatched and the music is bass-heavy. Somewhat incongruously this place specialises in lobster, well sourced and tasty, smothered in garlic butter, but steeply priced. If you’re not looking to splas sho much cash you could opt for one of their excellent burgers, wagyu topped with cheddar and served with truffle fries. The concept mirrors London’s popular and rapidly growing – Burger and Lobster chain, and like its inspiration it also features decadent lobster rolls on an otherwise intentionally limited menu. Cocktails are also a big deal here; indeed if you’re not a lobster nut, they’re a bigger draw than the food. They’re playful and potent, the drinks list chalked on a blackboard. The grapefruit-spiked Fear and Loathing, a twist on the Hemingway Daiquiri comes with a dinky paper aeroplane torn from an old copy of the novel while the Florabotanica is an aromatic mix of gin, yuzu juice, thyme and dandelion bitters. There’s an above average wine list, and a good selection of beers available.