Last week The Handbook headed over to Marble Arch for a little bit of good old fashioned South Western American food at The Lockhart.
We arrived as the restaurant was filling up, a few people at the bar and families and couples around the small white wooden tables which were adorned with mismatch crockery. The restaurant itself is minimal think exposed bricks and wooden floors- yet it is still cosy, with twinkling candles and warm soft lights.
We snuck off downstairs to the bar, naturally, to start with cocktails. Forget sugary pinks and chemical greens these cocktails are all about smoky, spicy flavours, fresh fruits and smooth tequilas which don’t need lime and salt to hide the taste. Normally ordering something involving vodka, raspberry, champagne or elderflower I saw the menu and wondered what on earth I was going to order. So I stepped out of the ordinary and opted for the Oaxaca gold: Mezcal, mango jalapeño purée, fresh lime juice and a kick of chilli and it was wonderful. It was smoky and yet fruity, smooth but with a kick of chilli. We also had to try the Louisana Ja a blend of Southern Comfort, apple juice and apricot jam served of course in a jam jar. Using jam as the sweetener it was much sweeter than the other cocktails and unlike the other cocktails which were to be sipped slowly, it was very drinkable.
We then headed upstairs to eat, having heard so much about the lobster nachos we had to order them. They say to share on the menu, the price, yes that is for sharing but the size of the dish perhaps not. Just 7 nachos topped with lobster, which when you’re sharing with a guy amounts to the awkward ‘no you have the last one’ situation. This wasn’t to say they weren’t delicious or without lots of lobster as they were, just a couple more wouldn’t have gone amiss.
Moving on we ordered the special for that the pulled pork sandwich with red cabbage slaw and mac n cheese and oh wasn’t it good! The pork was so tender it melted, the cabbage was sweet and crunchy and the macaroni was thick, creamy and perfectly cheesy, food heaven. Alongside this we went for the sea bass which came with lobster, mexican chorizo and crayfish bouillabaisse and green vegetables. It was excellent, we could have eaten it twice over. To finish off we ordered the succotash and another side of mac’n’ cheese, it was too good just to share the one.
To finish we shared the doughnuts, they were so fresh and wonderfully sugary and the apple purée was sweet and delicious, but where was the butterscotch sauce that it said it came with? I think it might have been at the bottom of the bowl but if it was it was hiding.
Our waiters were lovely and the service was impeccable they were knowledgeable and keen to advise us what was best, the atmosphere was relaxed and friendly and the cocktails oh the cocktails! A few more lobster nachos, and big pot of butterscotch sauce and we would have been well on our way to the perfect supper.