Crustaceans on the cheap

The Shoreditch Splitter, 50/50 crab and lobster, which I've gotten a little preview of and let's just say I was tempted to grab seconds. The Oyster chips on the side are also quite the treat. Photo: Caroline Molloy

For those of you who love affordable seafood beyond fish and chips, a lobster roll bar is popping up in Shoreditch on the 23 of June for only four days.

Named after the B52’s song, Rock Lobsta will be serving up a menu inspired by the north-eastern coast of the US but completely sourced and produced in the UK – without the stuffy atmosphere or the costly price tag.

The three foodies behind the venture have carefully chosen the main ingredients exclusively from the UK. From the 500 or so mid-sized lobsters to the rapeseed oil that’s going into the mayonnaise, it’s all “so truly British,” said Adam Van den Bussche, one of the organisers.

With their combined knowledge of restaurants, catering and food, Van den Bussche, Dan Wolanski and Carl Clarke, have made it their mission to spread their love for lobster, crab and crayfish in a relaxed and fun environment.

“Everyone loves lobster but they don’t always eat it. It’s either too expensive or not in the best shape when they get it,” said Van den Bussche, who used to manage Harrod’s Food Halls and Restaurants.

It’s just the beginning

Rock Lobsta is a trial run for Disco Bistro, a series of temporary restaurants that integrate art, music and food around London.

“We needed to have property signed to us, but we couldn’t say that we had done it before.”

At the beginning the Rock Lobsta team thought they’d be inviting 50 to 60 people into the venue, Luna and Curious, for a few lobster rolls but it has pooled a lot of interest through the foodie community.

“The interest it has generated is a bit overwhelming but we’re considering more Rock Lobsta events this year,” added Van den Bussche.

The Rock Lobsta Bar promises to be a celebration of the British seaside and hopefully there’s enough fresh and juicy lobster to go around until Sunday evening.

The Rock Lobsta Menu (prices yet to be set)

The Hackney Lobsta Roll
The Shoreditch Splitter- 50/50 crab and lobster in a roll
Brown Crab Roll
The Curious Crayfish Roll
½ dozen English Fresh Water Crayfish, served in a paper cone

Toppings: 1000 Lobsta Island Dressing, Crab Mayo, Saffron & Garlic Mayo or Simple Lobsta Mayo, Sweet and Sour Sea Buckthorn.

Sides: June pickles, Oyster flavoured potato chips

At Luna & Curious, 24-26 Calvert Street, London E2 7JP
Opening times: Thursday 23 June from 6pm, Friday 24 to Sunday 26 from noon to 9pm (or until they run out completely).

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