Yup, that is a giant lobster tail in a Caesar cocktail!
I’ve got to say, the Rock Lobster Caesar ($13) from Rock Lobster restaurant is one good-looking drink. It wasn’t the best tasting Caesar I’ve ever had (Walter has ruined me for life), but it definitely was the most stunning. Sadly, the lobster tail isn’t very exciting once you’ve finished the drink.
Rock Lobster has been on my list of restaurants to visit for over a year now, and maybe I was too excited for the visit. I went with my brother and Sarah, and after reading a bunch of reviews online we had a pretty good idea of what we wanted to order. I won’t say that the reviews we read are inaccurate, but somehow we didn’t enjoy our meals as much as we thought we would. I feel bad saying that, because I’ve met Chef Matt Dean Pettit and he seems like a nice guy.
We started off with the Lobster Poutine ($15) – hand-cut fries, cheese curds and bits of lobster smothered with a lobster bisque gravy. This portion is good for sharing, because it’s pretty large (and obviously heavy). The fries were good, and the bits of lobster were generous enough, but we all agreed that there was a lack of cheese and the sauce was off-putting. It didn’t look very appealing, and honestly it was kind of bland.
We stupidly didn’t change the sides of our lobster rolls from fries to something else. Although, to be fair, we did mention that we hadn’t visited the restaurant before and our server didn’t point out that we could change the sides. Oh well.
Sarah and my brother went with the namesake Rock Lobster Roll ($16), which was good (of course I stole a piece). The pieces of lobster were generous, and the roll had the tangy flavour that you would expect. I still think the lobster rolls from the Blue Goose pop-up shops in Toronto are the best in the city though. Or you can save yourself a few dollars and make your own lobster rolls at home.
I decided to try the Classic Maine Roll ($19) because it’s served warm and the lobster is coated in hot butter. That sounded delicious, and it was for the first few bites, but then the saltiness of the sandwich hit me. This might have been less of an issue if I had ordered vegetables on the side instead of more fries.
Overall, we kind of felt that the food was overhyped in the reviews we read. I think it could still be a good place to grab lunch, but it’s kind of pricy for the quality of what you’re getting. Also, I read several reviews where people complained about the portion sizes of the food, but I really didn’t have any issue with that. We were all stuffed by the time we left!
Have you gone to Rock Lobster before? Are the other locations any better? Let me know in the comments!
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