Published on March 26th, 2015 | by Rebecca Anne Milford0
Fraq’s Lobster Shack, Fitzrovia
Summary: For those yet to try a lobster roll then Fraq’s is the perfect initiation
A little pocket of Goodge Street has been transformed into a light, bright and charming slice of New England. Stepping into Fraq’s Lobster Shack is like entering a quaint, nautical shed, with its whitewashed walls and cheerful crustacean-art. There are lobster baskets and primary-coloured paraphernalia that take us back to beachside holidays and the sounds of seagulls in the air.
Fraq’s lobster shack is the creation of the Fraquelli brothers, and they’ve made it their mission to bring the tastiness of Maine lobster to London, with a bit of Brooklyn cool thrown into the mix. There’s certainly a chilled-out vibe to the place, with as little pretension as you’d expect from somewhere that encourages filling your face sans cutlery.
The menu itself is concise – a good sign that Fraq’s are confident in what they are delivering. Although there are calamari or avocado and prawn rolls, it’s the Boston lobster variety we really want to try. I have the spicy kind, while my dining partner is advised on the garlic. They arrive on rustic wooden trays – a fluffy brioche roll packed with large chunks of that pearly-pink lobster, jostling for space with the satisfying crunch of lettuce. There is certainly no scrimping on the shellfish here – pieces are literally falling out of the bun. The dipping sauce is creamy and luscious and has a great kick of tangy spice. We accompany this with courgette fritters – shards of plump vegetable that luckily hasn’t been fried to within an inch of its life – it’s kind of like tempura, with a nice crisp coating that isn’t oily. We wash it down with a bottle of Viognier – fresh, crisp and perfect with the fish.
And although the lobster rolls get two very enthusiastic claws-up, I also have to recommend the lobster soup. This is kind of like a chowder and a bisque – blended up with rice, vegetables and stock, and with more of those delicious chunks of crustacean floating in the creamy liquid. It’s rich and buttery and packed with flavour.
To finish we decide there’s a cocktail on the menu that simply must be experienced – especially when we learn about the method of infusing whisky. The Fraq’s Old Fashioned uses maple syrup for more of that East Coast authenticity, and is as good a concoction as we’ve experienced in many cocktail bars. This gorgeous amber liquid, served in a heavy rocks glass, has all the mellow, caramel tones of the 4 Roses Bourbon with an extra depth and smokiness of the maple syrup.
It’s the perfect way to end what has been a lip-smacking lobster feast. For those yet to try a lobster roll then Fraq’s is the perfect initiation – and fans will be thrilled that they’ve found another shack to scoff a fish supper.
Fraq’s Lobster Shack, 55 Goodge Street, W1T 1TQShare This Post