Lbs., pronounced pounds , is a restaurant devoted to lobster, burgers and salad, you know: LBS, get it? The 140-seat restaurant occupies a ground floor space on Yonge Street south of Adelaide.
Inside, the dining room is more formal than I expected. You can find luxe finishes and plush upholstery throughout the space, while the bar serves as the focal point.
Its PATH-connected lobby features an indoor "patio" and also has a walk-up window that serves Sam James Cut coffee from 8 a.m. on weekdays, followed by lobster rolls and ice cream sandwiches at lunch hour.
The restaurant is equipped with 2,000 pounds of live seafood and aims to eliminate the mystique surrounding market prices. Each menu item is priced at $22. There are only four dishes to choose from; a 1.25-pound lobster, a lobster roll, a burger and a salad topped with a lobster tail and studded lobster meat.
The lobster dinner is especially good value considering all the hard work is done for you before it comes to the table. Bibs are available, but not necessary; the meat just slides out of the already cracked shell with little mess.
Drawn butter comes on the side while upgrades include truffle aioli, lobster butter, bacon butter and house-made cocktail sauce.
Cocktails, like the mezcal and grapefruit-based Rich Girl and Negroni Slushies, dominate the bar menu, but knowing that champagne and lobster make great friends, the restaurant has become a Krug ambassador. Glasses of the premium bubbly are available for $100.
Saying that the lobster roll is buttery would be an understatement. The succulent crustacean meat is devoid of unnecessary fillers, just lightly dressed in tarragon mayo before being piled into a toasted, buttered split top bun.
When ordered for dine-in, the roll comes packed with four ounces of meat. At the walk-up window it includes only three ounces, but the to-go version is $16.
The burger does everything in its power to command its $22 price tag, though I'm not convinced the value is there. Nonetheless it's a pretty good cheeseburger.
The six-ounce patty features house-ground brisket and is seared until it achieves a commendable caramelized exterior. It's loaded onto a brioche bun and topped with rasher-style bacon, aged cheddar, white onions, Kozlik's horseradish mustard and house-made pickles.
The salad boasts a whole 1.25-pound lobster. It's crowned with the tail tossed in Sterling butter, while the claw meat is mixed in with the greens, cucumber and bitter radish in a Dijon dressing spiked with truffle oil.
For dessert, there's an ice cream sandwich ($6) featuring a disk of vanilla ice cream nestled into a glazed Von Doughnut . The donut is great as expected, but the ice cream is crunchy, like it's been frost-bitten.
Photos by Hector Vasquez.