THE JOINT: Rock Lobster
THE GOODS: Lobster Poutine
THE LOCALE: Queen West
The other night myself and a few of my favourite people had a nice dinner at Rock Lobster on Queen West . On the walk over we stopping in at 416 Snack Bar and then again at Harlem for a quick drink! We walked into Rock Lobster asking for a table of 4 and was greeted with a friendly smile and seated right away- LOVE that! The atmosphere was welcoming with brilliant wood accents and fishing décor, adorable red striped linen napkins and industrial water tumblers were set at our table.
This was my second time dining at this delicious urban seafood joint and I will be sure to return! The Chef, Matt Dean Pettit is the creator and owner of Rock Lobster’s both locations; Queen West and Ossington. He also started a wholesale company with his childhood friends called Camp 416.
Service was great! Our server was knowledgeable, honest and efficient.
I ordered the $17 lobster poutine and paired it was an Amsterdam Blonde which was a light and refreshing local lager that complemented my gravy smothered fries perfectly. The food was described as:
Fresh east coast canadian lobster + freshcut yukon fries + sea salt + Thyme + quebec cheese curds + lobster gravy + fresh chives
My senses were pleased when the dish arrived in front of me…the smell and visual appearance were very appetizing in the cast iron skillet it was plated in.
- It was well seasoned – normally I’d ask for a condiment (hot sauce) but didn’t.
- It had tons of gravy; a little too much.
- The fries were handcut, not as crispy as I would have liked but that was because of the excess gravy.
- The lobster tasted fresh and had a pulled consistency. Sweet and delicious. However, I did ‘fish'(lol get it) out a shrimp tail in my poutine and was confused?
- The cheese curds were tasty.
- The gravy was silky with an overload of butter, lemon and a kick from the peppercorn.
The poutine was a bit too saucy with an overkill of butter which gave me an upset stomach.
Wonderful staff. I was happy with the way we were treated and how friendly the staff was.
Welcoming and inviting. Not too busy. Comfortable.
Now the fun begins! I will challenge myself to recreate the lobster poutine at home- click here to view my recipe! I don’t know the exact ingredients that were used, however that’s where my palette and creativity will come into play.