Rock Lobster has been on my to-go-to list for a while now so I was very happy when Christine and I were finally able to set a time to go there to try it out. While walking from the Dundas streetcar to the restaurant which is located on Ossington, I noticed that Ossington also is the home for restaurants like Hawker Bar and many other open-patio restaurants. So much to discover here!
We got there at 8 pm and the place was pretty packed. We knew that the restaurant was all lobster-based and had both done our research regarding what was popular here. Christine said that her friend reccomended the Rock Lobster Caesar, so I definitely ordered that to try. The description included tomato juice, a celery stalk, plus a full lobster tail. I was very curious to try it out..
When our server brought our Rock Lobster Caesars to the table, they were huge!! It was a big bulky glass container with juice and ice filled to the top. A plain lobster tail with the shell still on the meat stuck out of the glass along with a fluffy celery stick.
I liked how intense and strong the Caesar was. There was definitely a spicy kick to it. The lobster meat was rather disappointing. It was simply blanched and therefore flavourless. The lobster meat itself was not fresh.
We ordered two dishes to share: the lobster mac and cheese and the lobster roll, both of which are apparent must-trys at this restaurant.
The lobster roll was so tiny!!! This was also very disappointing because I expected the lobster roll to be fulfilling and delicious and that’s why it’s so popular. The Yukon chips that came on the side were burnt and stale. The pickle was juicy. Actually, the lobster roll itself was also very burnt. The bread tasted good but the amount of lobster didn’t justify the roll. I wish there was much more lobster meat in it.
The lobster mac and cheese arrived on a little hot pan. It smelled amazing when it arrived. This dish is best eaten hot as once it’s cooled down, the cheese fuses with the macaroni and lobster bits into a cold and hard mash. The cheesey bits and lobster bits were great. The macaroni was a little more al dente then I would have liked.
The lobster mac and cheese definitely filled us up since it was heavy and hearty. Christine mentioned she’s had better lobster mac and cheese elsewhere and I’ve also had a better lobster roll at another popular lobster roll joint in the city (I won’t mention its name, but you can find it at St. Lawrence Market ;)).
Therefore, this visit of Rock Lobster didn’t live up to the hype. No wonder their rating on urbanspoon is currently only 70%. That’s quite low for a restaurant that had so much potential to be amazing. I mean, c’mon, it’s a restaurant dedicated to anything lobster! With that said, I won’t give up on it so easily. I’d love to visit again and try more of their lobster dishes. I can never say no to lobster. 🙂