The American East Coast arrived in Goodge Street this week with the launch of Fraq’s Lobster Shack specialising in Maine lobster and seafood rolls with all the trimmings. Founders, brothers Andrea and Alberto Fraquelli have the restaurant business pumping through their veins as their Grandfather, Lorenzo, founded Spaghetti House back in 1955 while dad, Stefano, runs the Metropolitan restaurant group where his sons cut their culinary teeth.
The menu is short and sweet and features posh seafood rolls such as The Boston Roll – brioche packed full of Maine lobster meat, lemony mayo, spring onion, cos lettuce and finely sliced celery (it comes served on a mini wooden tray with a portion of crispy Zucchini Fritti or moreish French Fries!). Otherwise it’s all about The Calamari Club – a toasted white bap, slathered in house-made tartar sauce, cos lettuce and then lightly coated crumbed slabs of tender squid and The Hot Prawn and Avocado Roll – brioche bathed in a Marie Rose sauce with avocado, cos lettuce, chilli flakes and a squeeze of lemon juice. Finish with a slice of Warm Chocolate Cake or the boozy Lemon Sorbet with Vodka and Fizz.
If you prefer to drink you alcohol the traditional way, sip Sauvignon, Vigonier, Gavi or actual Champagne, choose from a selection of beers, Bourbon straight up or an East Coast Old Fashioned that comes fused less traditional cocktail ingredients maple syrup and bacon!
The décor has been influenced by Maine lobster shacks with white washed wood cladded walls, marine lights, red painted wood floors, high top marble tables and wooden stools and a marble-topped front counter with the menu chalked up on a blackboard above. Don’t forget to Instagram the lobster pots and buoys now will you!