Restau­rant Re­views

Expatriate Lifestyle - - Contents - By KARIN CHAN

Orig­i­nally a Lon­don favourite, Burger & Lob­ster had food­ies abuzz when their first South­east Asian out­let opened in Skyav­enue, Gent­ing High­lands. Nova Sco­tian lob­sters are a high­light here and they’re trans­ported live from the At­lantic, en­sur­ing din­ers get the shell­fish at its fresh­est.

The first Burger & Lob­ster started out in a small Ir­ish pub in May­fair, and the Gent­ing branch stays true to its ori­gins; the in­te­rior is in­ti­mately lit with small wooden ta­bles and red booth seat­ing, and it’s con­stantly hum­ming with chatter and ac­tiv­ity. The lob­ster tank wall at the en­trance is also an at­trac­tion as pa­trons flock to marvel over the size of the crus­taceans within.

The menu largely fol­lows the orig­i­nal with their sig­na­ture burg­ers, lob­sters and lob­ster rolls, but the Chilli Lob­ster and Durian Tem­pura, along with the Time­keeper drink (black tea, cala­mansi lime, kaf­fir lime leaf, palm su­gar) are Re­sorts World Gent­ing cre­ations and are only found in the Gent­ing and Lon­don out­lets.

Our or­ders ar­rive soon after we don our plas­tic bibs, and we first dig into the Seven Samu­rai lob­ster roll, so named for its ‘seven spices’ sauce. The but­tery toasted brioche bun is filled to the brim with lob­ster chunks – sur­pris­ingly cold, like a salad – slathered in the sauce, with a dash of spice sprin­kled over the top for some heat. Easy to eat and best for small eaters like my­self.

The B&L Burger is a com­bi­na­tion of beef and lob­ster meat that will sat­isfy any burger lover. The thick patty is made by Gent­ing’s own pro­duc­tion kitchen and is de­li­ciously ful­fill­ing with a smoky af­ter­taste, while lob­ster chunks on top add a wel­come briny taste. We could have done with a bit less of the tar­ragon and truf­fle sauce, but it’s a burger worth its salt none­the­less. Both the burger and the roll come with fries and salad on the side.

You’ve got to be will­ing to get dirty for good meat with the Chilli Lob­ster, served hot in a clay pot. The claws and limbs have to be cracked your­self, but the lob­ster body is halved for easy ac­cess. The sweet-sour chilli paste is a Re­sort Seafood spe­cialty and com­ple­ments the ten­der lob­ster meat well; there’s even toasted brioche on the side to mop up all the good stuff.

It’s an en­joy­able way to sam­ple lob­ster in three dif­fer­ent ways, par­tic­u­larly in cold weather, and makes a great place to go to cel­e­brate your spe­cial oc­ca­sions (or casino win­nings) in style. Don’t be shell­fish; bring your friends to share as por­tions can be big! Walk-ins only. T2-13, Level 1 Skyav­enue, Re­sorts World Gent­ing, Gent­ing High­lands, Pa­hang Tel: 03-6105 9186 www.burgerand­lob­­ca­tion/gent­ing-high­lands

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