Lobster was once seen as a poor man’s food. But nowadays, it is seen as an exotic delicacy. Greg Elwell, writing for the Oklahoma Gazette, summed up the current social attitudes to lobsters perfectly when he wrote:
“Lobster is fancy. If you imagine a lobster talking, it probably has a British accent. Draw an animated lobster and I bet you’ll include a top hat, a monocle and an opera cape. That’s fancy.”
Even though lobster is now seen as a meal for the rich decadent, the best way to prepare it is still using one simple ordinary household ingredient – butter – and lots of it. Now, imagine a place that serves up lobster, doused in butter, in a soft buttery roll.
Waterman’s Lobster Co, located in a laneway in Potts Point, is that place. With an option to sit outside on tables in the paved walkway, or sitting by a long bar near the window or at the bar area inside the restaurant, or on tables inside the restaurant, a meal at this place can be as casual, formal or romantic as you would like to make it.
Now let us review the food, starting with their specialty…
Lobster Roll – Connecticut Style ($18)
The bread roll was lightly toasted, so it was crunchy on the outside but soft on the inside. The roll was filled with large pieces of lobster warmed with butter. The saltiness of the butter brought out the subtle sweetness from the lobster, and this was a very tasty and enjoyable roll.
Apart from lobster, scallop is also on their menu…
Scallop Roll with Pea Puree and Pork Floss ($17)
The delicate sweet flavours of the scallops matched perfectly with the pea puree, while the saltiness of the pork floss added a layer of complexity to the flavours of this roll. Again, a very tasty and enjoyable roll.
How about a side of chips to go with each roll…
Side of chips ($5)
The chips were crispy, nicely seasoned and spiced with a hint of paprika. A good compliment to the rolls.
How about other dishes?
Kingfish Tartare with Seaweed and Raddish ($17)
This dish was visually appealing and the fish was fresh, soft and full of nice citrus flavours. The hint of spices provided a good kick to the flavours of this dish. A classic dish that was done elegantly.
Now for a beer to wash down all the goodness…
Sierra Nevada Rye IPA ($9)
A beer with strong malt flavour, with hints of citrus and herbs. This beer had a strong aftertaste, which was too harsh to accompany the delicate food we ordered.
Watermans Lobster Co is a good place to go in the area at any time of the day. Their dishes are of a high quality, using fresh produce resulting in tasty flavours in all the dishes. With their reasonable prices, we can all experience lobster here without breaking the bank.
Waterman’s Lobster Co
Address: 5/29 Orwell Street, Potts Point
Phone: (02) 9380 2558
Opening hours: Mon to Sat, 12pm to late; Sun 12pm to 6pm
Accepts all major credit cards