I got my wisdom teeth out the first week of June, and it sucked. I really thought I could hang on forever without needing to get them out. But, they suddenly started to give me trouble this year and when I went for a cleaning at the dentist, they pretty much insisted I seriously consider kicking them to the curb. I bit the bullet and made the appointment, and there I was – the first Friday of June, face frozen up to my eyeballs (literally) left with nothing to eat but soup, pudding, jello and ice cream for days.
When the pain in my mouth finally started to wear off, I was itching for real food. Not just any food though – I really wanted it to be capital-G-good. Prior to my surgery I had been on a two-week cleanse that had me going sugar-free, so that combined with my four-day pudding binge had me craving something delicious.
I remembered Rock Lobster had just opened their newest location in Leslieville about 15 minutes from my place a week prior, and it was settled. Anyone who knows me knows I love lobster, so this was the perfect treat to me to get back into solid food! I had previously been to their Queen West location, but Brad (my boyfriend) had never been and I really wanted to take him. The new spot took the place of an old bar called The Curzon I had been to before so I knew it was big and had a massive patio to boot.
We went on a Tuesday night, so I wasn’t surprised it wasn’t super busy but was happy – I prefer quiet when I’m out for dinner. The space is beautifully decorated, with plenty of wood accents and a serious Canadiana-vibe. I even loved the light-fixtures which reminded me of octopuses – fitting for a seafood joint.
But of course, we were there to eat, and eat we did. While I’m a big fan of their famous lobster roll, Brad’s interest had been piqued by the mac n’ cheese and poutine. I was all for trying something new, so we ordered both to share and a side of cheddar biscuits (yolo, right?). The biscuits arrived first and were cheesy, delicious, but pretty standard as far as biscuits go. Sadly it’s not a bottomless option à la Red Lobster, but that’s probably for the best as there’s no telling how many I’d have mindlessly eaten before getting our meals.
The lobster poutine arrived, which made with a lobster bisque gravy, cheese curds and fresh lobster. Yes, it’s as delicious as it sounds and I definitely recommend going the sharing route. The lobster mac n’ cheese came second which is also made with lobster bisque and fresh lobster, as well as aged cheddar and a panko crust. I found this dish a bit on the heavy side so I didn’t eat as much, but it was tasty nonetheless.
I paired my meal with a glass of red wine (they serve wine on tap there, which to me is just awesome) but they’re also very well-known for their caesars which come with a whole lobster tail. I’m not one for caesars so it’s not really my thing, but if they were I’d definitely order it. Lobster on lobster on lobster is basically my idea of heaven.
After dinner we went for a coffee and sit-down in a nearby park, and overall it was a fabulous night. I’ll definitely be back for patio drinks this summer and more good eats! My overall verdict? I think this shot speaks for itself.
(Now – how many times do you think I wrote the word lobster in this post?)