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emerilcantcook Jun 22, 2009 05:51 AM

Anywhere in town that sells decent lobster rolls? Someone wrote about the Mubvox, the non "street foot" portable restaurant in Old Montreal. Is it worth trekking down there?

Please do not suggest me make them at home. I know that would be the best option if I were able to cook lobsters at home. Alas...

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    MartinSLR RE: emerilcantcook Jun 22, 2009 06:03 AM


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      emerilcantcook RE: MartinSLR Jun 22, 2009 06:21 AM

      don't see them in the menu

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        finefoodie55 RE: emerilcantcook Jun 22, 2009 11:22 AM

        Nantua is the old chef from Delmo's they have brought along all the old favorites ( ie clam chowder, tomato soup, Halibut Merniere and the Lobster Sandwich) at Delmo's the sandwich was only sold at lunch maybe its the same there.It is NOT a Lobster Roll perse it is on Brown" POM" style bakery bread.But perfect for lunch with the Tamato soup.Half the Laywers in Montreal will vouch for that.

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          MartinSLR RE: emerilcantcook Jun 22, 2009 11:33 AM


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        Dusty08 RE: emerilcantcook Jun 22, 2009 01:24 PM

        I just ate at Mubvox. First off, what kind of a name is Mubvox? Secondly, the food is ok. Really nothing special. Its really expensive. $10 for one lobster roll and then they charged me $3 for a bottle of water. I'm happy I tried it because I know I won't go back.

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          emerilcantcook RE: Dusty08 Jun 22, 2009 01:32 PM

          My previous post had a typo (shouldn't post before my first coffee of the day). It should be Muvbox, or actually Müvbox. I think it is a play on the fact that the restaurant itself is a shipping container.

          Thanks for sacrificing your 10 bucks for the Chowhound gang. I guess I won't be going there soon.

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            carswell RE: Dusty08 Jun 22, 2009 01:34 PM

            It's Müvbox -- www.muvboxconcept.com/index_en.html -- which I'd guess is a little bit of anglo wordplay (move + box, quoi?) orthographically obfuscated to flummox the language police.

            Au Pied de Cochon has lobster rolls (hommard en guédille) though they reportedly spoil them with -- I think -- some sort of overpowering sauce, which you can tell them to hold. Maybe rcianci will chime in with the deets.

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              SnackHappy RE: carswell Jun 22, 2009 01:43 PM

              IMHO, it's the extra old cheddar cheese that overpowers the guédille. I think the sauce is some sort of reduction. I had no problem with it.

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                rcianci RE: SnackHappy Jun 22, 2009 04:58 PM

                You took the words out of my mouth. To my taste, the very sharp cheddar just kills the sandwich. I think it would be better without. The balsamic reduction/meat glaze, I like just fine.

          2. carswell RE: emerilcantcook Jun 22, 2009 01:39 PM

            According to several online reports, Oyster Shack has a decent $14 lobster roll.

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              Dusty08 RE: carswell Jun 23, 2009 06:43 AM

              Is it just me or does $10 or $14 seem a little steep for a lobster roll? The price of Lobster is down considerably which should mean that a standard price for this should be no more than maybe $6 or $7. Not to mention you aren't even getting the full Lobster, which is not expected, but still. Not sure about the price or size of the lobster roll at Au Pied de Cochon.

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                mainsqueeze RE: Dusty08 Jun 23, 2009 06:51 AM

                The guédille at APDC is by weight. $25/lb.

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              Mr F RE: emerilcantcook Jun 23, 2009 09:45 AM

              "Please do not suggest me make them at home. I know that would be the best option if I were able to cook lobsters at home. Alas..."

              Poissonerie Antoine, for one, will cook them to order. An extra $1/lb last time I checked.

              On the lobster rolls for sale front, Poissonerie Sherbrooke (5121 Sherbrooke W., near Vendome) was advertising them last week. IIRC they were around $10, no idea as to quality.

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                CookEatSleep RE: emerilcantcook Jun 24, 2009 06:09 AM

                I've had the muvbox lobster roll this week... although it is nothing extravagant, the lobster is very fresh and plentiful. Some things are better left simple and this is one of them.

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                  thelonious777 RE: CookEatSleep Jun 24, 2009 08:41 AM

                  Sorry to go against the flow, but I think Muvbox is one step above a vending machine. My lobster roll had a lot of stringy meat, no big nuggets and the dressing lacked acidity. I agree lobster rolls are best when simple, but just because they're simple doesn't mean they're done right.

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                    emerilcantcook RE: thelonious777 Jun 25, 2009 11:38 AM

                    I concur. I tried it today and it wasn't good value for the money considering the quality and the quantity of food received. My lobster was overcooked, limp and stringy and there wasn't a zing in the mixture. I agree it needed more acidity and perhaps more celery especially since the lobster itself was kind of meh. I also tried the chowder for which I needed a magnifying glass to find the clams inside. Tastewise it was good (not your usual starchy over-creamy chowder, but more of a Boston style), but the ingredients were too skimpy for the money they are asking for.

                    Considering the price, I would say this is not the most chowworthy experience.

                    I'll try to assemble my own this weekend, sourcing from Antoine which is very close to my home.

                2. RhondaB RE: emerilcantcook Jun 25, 2009 11:06 AM

                  Although slighly off topic, at 4:15 on Tuesday the Loblaw's in Kirkland had cooked lobster reduced 50% (probably since blah-blah-blah was closed the following day for Fete St-Jean). I bought 3 lobsters for a total weight of 1.3 kg & paid a bit less than $10.50. The lobsters had been cooked same day & tasted fine yesterday (not as good as what I had bought from Atkins in JTM but for the price - hey - beat that!). That leads me to wonder if the same will apply next Tuesday afternoon, provided they close for July 1st.

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                    Shattered RE: RhondaB Jun 25, 2009 10:54 PM

                    I got the same deal at Provigo on Parc - on all their seafood section (got some salmon steaks for about $9.50/kg too, and little shark filet for $6/kg just for a change).

                    Will it be the same on the 30th? We can only hope!

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                      maisonbistro RE: RhondaB Jun 28, 2009 12:19 PM

                      I was at Loblaw's this morning (St.JAcques, but I assume they all have the policies) and, unfortunately for you, they will indeed be open on Canada day. Sheesh's you'd think we were in Quebec or something, everything's closed for St. Jean and everything, so far seems to be open on CANADA day (I mean foodwise).

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                        Shattered RE: maisonbistro Jul 2, 2009 10:51 AM

                        Everything was indeed open yesterday - good for grabbing fresh rye, no good for discount lobster.

                        Unfortunately, the price (of lobster) has also gone up a couple bucks a pound. Provigo on Parc now has fresh for $9/lb, and cooked at $22.something/kg.
                        Oh well, good things can't last forever...

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                      bigfellow RE: emerilcantcook Jun 26, 2009 01:19 PM

                      I have yet to find a good lobster roll in Montreal IMHO. I've taken to making Conneticut style lobster rolls at home.

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                        Dusty08 RE: bigfellow Jun 29, 2009 10:11 AM

                        MuvBox was reviewed this past weekend by the Gazette. It got a pretty good rating, but the review sounded a bit vague and undecided as to whether or not it was good or now. If anything, the review was a bit too generous like they are afraid of hurting feelings.

                        As I previously posted, its still not worth it.

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                          bigfellow RE: Dusty08 Jun 29, 2009 11:37 AM

                          I tried them there and sadly found them to be lacking. At the risk of getting flamed, McDonald's makes better lobster rolls in Nova Scotia. i.e. McLobster.

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                        phoenikia RE: emerilcantcook Jul 2, 2009 11:07 PM

                        Really enjoyed the innovative lobster roll that APDC is serving right now. In addition to mayo and sweet lobster, the roll had some sprouts, a little cheese, some balsamic reduction, served on toasted buttered bread. Very delicious! Not your standard lobster roll, but the best tasting lobster roll I've had in a very long time.

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                          wilmagrace RE: phoenikia Jul 25, 2009 08:19 PM

                          Last week with the sun shining and the pleasure boats waiting to go through the locks i stopped for a lobster roll meal at muvbox. I loved the design of this box and the location was great, the little terrace was full of bikers as it is beside bike path. It just would have been better to have a choice of brown/countrystyle bread than bland white, and instead of a package of cape cod potatoe chips why not a couple slices of avocado and tomato, or bean salad or any veggies to add colour and nutrition to a $15-16 meal. I found the chowder thick with potatoes cubes and tasty and the lobster roll was good enhanced by the charm of the place and location. Thumbs up for offering a choice of apple juice in lieu of soft drinks. Next time I would just buy a lobster role as the chips were not good and the chowder was fine but it is the lobster that i went for. Would go again when down in old montreal and enjoy the setting. Very cute concept.

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