I've been checking out the new menu at Tucci's in Dublin, and wanted to give a nod to a captivating starter that might be too quickly passed over due to its unassuming name and high price. The Lobster Cocktail appetizer ($20) is nothing like the standard shrimp cocktail its name may imply. Instead, it's a full half lobster combined with an array of spicy sauces and Asian-influenced salads that somehow complement rather than overpower that sweet lobster meat.
The plate arrives with a big claw waving right at you, and a huge hunk of tender tail meat ready to be dipped into pools of menu-described "shrimp oil." (I would've mistaked it for flavorful olive oil.) The emptied lobster shell is filled with a sesame seaweed salad, and sprinkled around the plate are pickled carrots and daikon plus crispy prawn crackers, a popular Asian snack food. All that to say, this is definitely worth 20 bucks and is one of the more interesting lobster approaches I have tried. They're not being stingy with the lobster meat, here, and this dish could easily double as an entree for one person.