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Recipe For Lobster Club Sandwich Inspired by Neiman Marcus

'Wich of the Week: Lobster Club

Ever since I started my adventures in expensive sandwiches, I've been dying to try the ridiculously pricey Lobster Club at Neiman Marcus's Rotunda restaurant in San Francisco. I'll be the first to admit that $28 is way too much to pay for one sandwich, but I rationalized that it's made with lobster and big enough to feed two people. Plus, it's fun to pretend that I belong at this quintessential destination for ladies who lunch.

The Rotunda's lobster club is a double-decker served on toasted brioche, which has a slightly sweet French bakery flavor. The lobster portion was quite generous, so the taste came through even while competing with tomato and bacon. Was it worth $28? Find out and get the recipe when you


I'm not going to say the lobster club wasn't good; I mean, it would be hard to make a lobster club taste bad. But for the price, I was a little disappointed.

As you can see in the photo, the avocado was sort of clumped together rather than distributed evenly, so the sandwich didn't hold together as well as it should have. But the flavors were still outstanding, particularly the lobster meat, and the brioche really stepped it up a notch.

If I were going back for seconds, I think I'd spring for a simple crab roll instead, or save my money and get an old-school diner club sandwich. I am very glad I tried it, but next time I'm at the Rotunda, I'll fill up on the signature warm popovers with strawberry butter.

Lobster Club Sandwich

Lobster Club Sandwich

Recipe For Lobster Club Sandwich Inspired by Neiman Marcus


  1. 3 slices of brioche, about 1/2-inch thick, toasted
  2. 1/2 an avocado, thinly sliced
  3. 1 (8-ounce) lobster tail, cooked and diced
  4. 1 small tomato, thinly sliced
  5. 1/4 cup baby lettuce leaves
  6. 4 slices crisp bacon
  7. 1/8 cup mayonnaise
  8. 2 tablespoons finely diced roasted red peppers, undrained


  1. On a work surface, lay flat one slice of toasted brioche and coat with a thin layer of mayonnaise. Top with avocado slices, followed by lobster.
  2. On second piece of brioche, spread 1 tablespoon of diced peppers on one side, then place that side down atop the lobster.
  3. On the other side of that slice, spread a thin layer of mayo.
  4. Over the mayo, arrange tomato slices, followed by lettuce and bacon.
  5. Spread remaining diced peppers on the third slice of toast, and place atop the bacon.
  6. Cut into quarters, secure each section with toothpicks, and serve.

Makes 1 sandwich.

Jello-Wanabe Jello-Wanabe 8 years
this looks delish!
milosmommy milosmommy 8 years
I've grown up/lived in the SF bay area my whole life and have been lots of places in the city, but sad to say I haven't been here. Maybe I can get my mom to take me here for my b-day coming up. :)
TiKiBoo TiKiBoo 8 years
seriously i have had this on past trips to the city with my mum --- and it does taste yummy. my problem is i see the popover - i eat the popover and - hello full. Oh well --- i still love The Rotunda whenever we get to San Francsisco :)
khrystena khrystena 8 years
Looks amazing, but a little pricy for my liking for lobster! still worth the price over a McDonalds McLobster!
La-Tua-Cantante La-Tua-Cantante 8 years
Looks very yummy!
emalove emalove 8 years
I'm drooling...lobster is my favorite food ever.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
CoconutPie CoconutPie 8 years
I love lobster club sandwiches! I grew up in Northeastern Québec and every weekend during the spring and the summer, my mom would make us crab, shrimp or lobster sandwiches for lunch. So good!
pinkflake2 pinkflake2 8 years
I could live on those popovers and strawberry butter....who needs the lobster club :)
Nan-Einhart Nan-Einhart 8 years
One could see by the photographs that there was a logistical problem with the avocado and that is surprising at Neiman Marcus. I always recommend The Rotunda as a little mini-vacation for friends who are already on vacation in San Francisco. It is a place that welcomes single diners with open arms. The food is generally of high quality, but some restauranteurs do not realize the importance of the simple sandwich.
mary-Berger-1 mary-Berger-1 8 years
I have had the lobster sandwich at NM and it is fantastic but one piece is enough - you can't eat the whole thing and it is best washed down with some champagne. But you hit it on the wrong day?
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 8 years
I agree, party.
partysugar partysugar 8 years
Sad to hear. It's so disappointing when an expensive meal is ruined by poor execution.
The-New-Black The-New-Black 8 years
that looks so good!
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