Website: No website, Yelp review
Address: 680 Silver Star Blvd. Toronto ON
When I visited: July 2014, dinner, 8 people
Rating: $$$, 5
The first time I went to the restaurant in September 2012, the restaurant felt stuffy, was overcrowded and our server was rude. Things have vastly improved since my last visit with an air-conditioned restaurant and the servers were professional and attentive. One thing that hasn’t changed is the consistency of their seafood dishes.
The huge restaurant is in a plaza close to Pacific Mall. Once inside, there were tanks in the lobby and throughout the entire restaurant with lobsters and HUGE crabs. The restaurant is one of the few Chinese restaurants that serve the expensive King Crab!
The set menus were expensive compared to other Chinese restaurants; expect to pay between $600 to $1000 (before tax) for a table of 10. We tried to find an economical option by choosing our own items off the regular menu and paid almost $400 (after tax) for a table of 6 adults and 2 kids. We came to celebrate a special occasion and it was worth every penny!
Their Cantonese dishes like sweet and sour pork had too much batter and not as good as many other Cantonese restaurants. However, their specialty is seafood and that’s where they absolutely rock!! The servers will show you the lobster prior to cooking it to showcase the freshness.
The fried crab and lobster dish with fried garlic is a MUST. Let the picture do all the talking!!
The tower of crab and lobster was INCREDIBLE! Yes, the dishes were literally “over-the-top!!” The dishes were flavourful and the best part was all the fried garlic that surrounded the dish. The garlic tasted good with everything! The restaurant even provided gloves so I could get down to business with my food. I did not use the gloves. Touching, ripping my crab and feeling the oil on my hands was all part of the experience.
Other great dishes include the eel and steamed fish. We had snow pea shoots with goji berries, beef with fried garlic and other side dishes as well.
If you love seafood, get-your-butt over to the restaurant NOW and check it out!
I am not sure how many other Chinese restaurants make or present their fried crab and lobster the way Fishman Lobster Clubhouse does it, but it is the first I have seen. If you live in Toronto, the restaurant should be on everyone’s list of top seafood restaurants! There’s no doubt that I will return again for another special occasion.
The restaurant is worth all the buzz! The restaurant is often busy so I would recommend making reservations 2 weeks in advance if you want the 6:00 pm seating. Otherwise, expect to be seated in the 8:00pm to 9:30pm for their later seating.
By the way, I don’t know why it’s so hard for me to get their name right. I think I called them Lobster Clubman Fishhouse many times. Do you have that issue too?