Our next target at Chelsea Market was Cull & Pistol, a seafood bar located right next to The Lobster place. The name is interesting: cull is when the lobster has only one claw. Pistol is when the lobster does not have any, usually losing them in combat.
I loved the decor that have me the impression we were in a shack, probably because of the prominence of wood, that, with the exposed brick, gave some warmth to the place.
When you enter, you cannot help but notice the seafood display that, although less impressive than the one at The Lobster Place, was an appetizing sight.
We had the choice between the lunch menu and the raw bar menu (you write the quantity of each item you'd like to eat).
We went for the menu. After hesitating between the fish and chips and the niçoise panini, Jodi ordered the latter.
It was served with mesclun salad, on a ciabatta bread. It was a great take on the salade niçoise, a traditional salad from Nice, a city in the South of France, where the canned tuna was replaced by a sublime marinated tuna belly. The sandwich was also composed of olive tapenade, pickled egg and arugula.
On my side, I went for the lobster roll.
I had a choice between the Maine style (with mayonnaise) and the Connecticut style (poached in butter). I went for the buttery one, as I prefer it because it lets the lobster shine, the other one having, sometimes, too much mayonnaise.
There was a lot of lobster in this one, overflowing the potato bread that was soft. In the bottom was just a bit of mayonnaise that I did not care for, and some arugula. Last, it was served with some shoestring fries that were deliciously crunchy. I overall liked the lobster roll, although I would have like a little bit more butter. I also thought that it was a bit pricey compared to Luke's Lobster or the Red Hook Lobster Pound. But if you are in Chelsea Market and have a lobster roll craving, this is the place to go!
Enjoy (I did)!
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