Address: 538 Queen St. W, Toronto ON
When I visited: May 2014, lunch
Rating: $$, 3
Baby info: Has high chairs and no change table
My husband and I finally had a chance to check out Rock Lobster during the May long weekend while catching up with friends over brunch. Founder and Chef Matt Dean Pettit and business partner Blair MacKinnon are on a roll with a successful launch of Rock Lobster in Leslieville and a line of seafood treats named “Matty’s Seafood” available at Sobey’s grocery stores. With all the buzz, we had high expectations.
Coming in before 2:00 pm on a weekend, we were asked to order from the brunch menu with only the lobster roll and lobster poutine available to order from their lunch menu.
I was hoping they would have a larger brunch selection as there were only 4 options available (brunch menu here). We ordered from the brunch and lunch menu to try out different items. With the name “Rock Lobster”, we came with the intention of trying out their speciality, so we started out with the lobster Caesar and shared the lobster benny, lobster poutine and lobster roll.
The lobster benny and the lobster poutine were delicious and a must when visiting. The poutine came out piping hot in the cast iron skillet with oozing amounts of cheese and chunks of lobster meat. My friends and I enjoyed it so much, we order a second one to share.
At $14 for a lobster roll, the size and price is reasonable but it did not wow me. It was good but not amazing. I prefer a chunkier meat texture, more seasoning and butter on the bread.
Hopefully with the expansion of the restaurants and the owners continued success, we will see an expansion of dishes on their brunch menu. Their lobster poutine is spectacular and a dish I would return to eat over and over. With summer right around the corner, their wicked patio will be a hot spot.