As is often the way when I’m in Glasgow, I’ll wander around in circles, at lunchtime, until I spot a place that looks decent. On my travels today, Rock Lobster was the first place that caught my eye. It looked very smart indeed, and their menu seemed tempting, from a quick glance, so I soon found myself sitting at a corner table, inside their Merchant City premises.
Although it’s principally a seafood and steak place, I found myself curiously drawn to their veggie burger, featuring blush tomato and spinach. Their soup of the day, fennel, tomato and sea beet, sounded similarly intriguing.
I had a moment or two to consider my surroundings, which were sleek and modern. The place is set between buildings, with a smart courtyard, out front.
My soup soon arrived. While the broth was way too thin, it was really well seasoned and packed with flavour. A basil oil topping added a nicely judged extra dimension, too. This was an impressive start.
The main course can be summed up in one word: cumin. There was a quite staggering amount of the stuff on the plate. It was the dominant flavour of the slightly crumbly textured burger, and was used as the main accompanying condiment for the fries.
I like cumin as much as the next person, but this was overload to ridiculous proportions. It was a shame, as the fries were very good, and I suspect the burger would have tasted rather nice if it had been blessed with a better balance of flavours.
So overall, I thought Rock Lobster was rather good, with prompt and welcoming service. The food showed some promise, although there were weaknesses with both dishes. The profusion of cumin will live long in the memory, and in the same way that its flavour dominated the burger and fries, so it will be the most prominent thought in my mind, when I think back to today’s lunch.
Blythe scores Rock Lobster
3.5/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 14.5/20
Today’s quester was: Blythe
I ate: fennel, potato and sea beet soup; blush tomato and spinach burger
I drank: water
I wore: increasingly traditional Friday tweed
Total bill: £13.90