Affordability - 7
Romance - 7.9
Taste - 9
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2. They say it’s tapas-style, but the portions are a decent size. If you share a couple dishes each you should leave more than satisfied.
3. For desert Rock Lobster offers Maple-Syrup on Ice, which is quite an experience. If you haven’t tried it before, I would highly recommend it.
What started as a pop-up food truck in Toronto has now transformed into a seafood hit, complete with two restaurants and a growing fan base. Rock Lobster Food Co. run by Matt Dean Pettit serves up all things lobster and seafood at his two locations on Queen street and Ossington. Considering I have a borderline obsession with seafood (I would eat lobster every day if it wasn’t so damn expensive), Rock Lobster was the perfect date spot for a Saturday night.
We were lucky enough to get a seat almost instantly, but don’t expect this every time. This place fills up fast, so be prepared for a bit of a wait. Although the waitress explained the portions were more tapas-style, I was pleasantly surprised by the sizable dishes. Our order consisted of the Lobster Poutine, Surf and Turf Burger, Jerk-Style Shrimp finished off with Maple Syrup on Ice (a traditional Canadian dish that I’d never even heard of before). I couldn’t even tell you my favorite out of all these dishes, since I loved every single one. My only complaint was that I didn’t have room for more.
The pièce de résistance, however, was the Rock Lobster Caesar. Complete with half of a lobster tail and the perfect amount of spice, this drink was completely worth the $12 price tag, considering how much some people charge for the tail alone. I was concerned that the bartender might rely too heavily on the tail garnish to impress customers, but the drink alone packed more taste than most caesars I’ve tried in Toronto.
The final verdict on Rock Lobster Food Co: if you love seafood and are looking for a traditional Canadian experience, this is the place to be. While slightly on the pricier side, I would not say the dishes are outrageously expensive, and if you share everything between two people or more, you’ll also be able to enjoy the menu to its full extent.His Take