Lobster Bar・龍蝦吧

International

Admiralty

6/F, Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong, Supreme Court Road, Admiralty

T: +852 28208560

http://www.shangri-la.com/island

Overview

Lunch HoursMon to Sun, 12:00 noon - 3:00 pm

Dinner HoursMon to Sun, 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Dress CodeSmart Casual

ReservationYes

BuffetYes

CorkageHK$350-$450/bottle

Accept Credit CardYes

Smoking AreaYes

Review

Date of review: September 8, 2016 | Reviewed by: Esther Wong

Setting

Walking into the Lobster Bar, guests will immediately notice the classic fine décor – patterned wallpaper, still life paintings, and a simple but elegant table setting. The clientele is varied, with the after-work crowd mostly seen winding down in the bar area, while the dining area is often filled with business people looking to impress clients or couples enjoying a romantic evening. A live jazz band performs nightly from 8pm, with the exception of Sundays—we recommend that you request a table near the back of the restaurant, which makes for a better view of all the action.

Food

The menu is concise, but features enough variety to satisfy any diner. While the focus here is mainly seafood, there are vegetarian-friendly options, as well as dishes for meat-lovers. To start, the lobster bisque is a classic—the soup is smooth and creamy, with a rich flavour of the ocean and generous portions of the crustacean. Those looking to share an order (and save room for other dishes later) may inform the staff when ordering, alerting the kitchen to divide the bisque into two portions before serving. The seafood platter for two is also a standout, with jet-fresh seafood that includes Boston lobster, seasonal oysters, Alaskan crab meat, abalone, sashimi, mussels and prawns. As it is sized for two, you may wait until you’re halfway done with the platter before deciding on whether or not you still have room for mains. The Australian mussels are cooked in a well-seasoned broth that highlights the natural flavours of the bivalve—we couldn’t help but to dip our table bread into the bowl to mop up all the sauces. For dessert, the crème brulee offers just the right amount of sweetness to round out our meal.

Wine

The wine list encompasses a good selection of old and new world styles from varying regions, although we notice a partiality to France. By the bottle, there are selections suitable for all price ranges, and wines by the glass can be had for approximately HK$100 each.

Service

Staff are well-versed in the menu offerings and will happily offer suggestions when prompted; our water glasses were never empty, and used dishes were whisked away with us barely noticing.

Price   $$$$

A satisfying seafood-focused meal for two will come to approximately HK$2,000, which we find to be great value for money given the quality of food, relaxed atmosphere, and friendly service.