There's no stronger confirmation that you're eating meat than having your meal stare you straight in the face.
Such is the case with this Lobster Pot Pie from Castaway, a hilltop steakhouse and brunch destination in Burbank, California. Chef Perry Pollaci's newest brunch creation comes with a lobster's head peeking out of the pie crust, letting you know that you're about to tuck into a decadent crustacean feast.
Like the presentation, Pollaci's pot pie comes with a few other surprises as well. The pot pie is actually inspired by Thai curry, which is incorporated into the sauce using a curry paste, coconut milk, white wine, green apple, potatoes, and mirepoix. If you manage to make your way past the lobster's gaze, you'll also find a second hole in the pie crust nesting a poached egg, waiting for you to bust it open and let its oozy yolk run all over the lobster meat.
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The dish's appearance may shock and avert those not 100% down with seeing their food looking right back at them. However, it's definitely a conversation piece for the whole table, and whoever does order it will be rewarded with a luxurious brunch served with a unique Thai twist.