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.

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.