i've been desperate to eat at burger & lobster for well over a year now, so after rallying the troops i thought tonight would finally be the night - we arrived fresh-faced and were pleasantly surprised to find no queue at the door, just a nice lady and a clip-board.....however it turns out this lady wasn't so nice (i kid, she was lovely) but she delivered the not so nice news that there was in fact a 2 hour wait for a table. now i really wanted some lobster but i'm wasn't about to wait two hours for it...so we changed plans and headed over to Dover Street to an american diner-type resteraunt called Automat.
this was my first time at Automat, but a couple of the girls i was with had been before and promised good things so i was more than happy to give it a go. after a bit of bumbling by staff to find us a table, we were seated and ordered a round of cocktails and our food. i went for the Automate Burger with cheese whilst the others went for Mac&Cheese with a side of fries - which the waiter oddly tried to prevent us ordering.
i can't vouch for the macoroni - which i'm told was lovely - but what i do know is that this was some burger! i ordered mine medium rare and added a good slatthering of tabasco on the cheese before sandwiching together and digging in! the beef was full of flavour and really juicy but the bun was firm enough to hold its own and not turn into a soggy mess! i don't think my pictures do the burger justice, but she really was a thing of beauty! to finish the meal off, we shared a pavlova between 3 of us - which was delicious - but it was devoured before i could get a snap!
overall i was impressed with Automat and will definitely be returning... i spent double what I would had we got into burger and lobster but i've got to say the cosmopolitans more than made up for it!
oh my holy hell