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PHODACBIET Feb 17, 2011 12:28 AM

Hi, so I don't care much for lobster but my boyfriend has never tried it. I was wondering if anyone was able to suggest a good place that sold whole cooked lobster with or without tail. I know the keg and boathouse sells it but anyone know of a better place? And approximate pricing? I don't mind casual or formal setting. And hopefully with a wonderful menu minus the lobster!

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    jcolvin RE: PHODACBIET Feb 18, 2011 10:27 AM

    Your best best would be a chinese place like sun sui wah. Price depends on market price of the day. But if all you want is a whole cooked lobster, buy a 1.5 lb-2 lb one from the Lobster man in Granville and cook it yourself (boil for 10 mins max). There's nothing easier to cook than a lobster.

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      barcosbarcos RE: PHODACBIET Feb 21, 2011 12:06 AM

      It's pretty easy to boil your own. Might be more fun to go down to Granville Island or T&T and cook one yourselves. Otherwise some of the French restaurants in town probably do a good one for 3 times the price.

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        jcolvin RE: barcosbarcos Feb 21, 2011 01:28 PM

        oh..and if you can, ask for a female one. the red roe is delicious, and they tend to be a bit sweeter. and make sure he tries the green tomalley (liver)! which is also delicious....mmmmmm, lobster....mmmm

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        betterthanbourdain RE: PHODACBIET Feb 22, 2011 08:35 AM

        as for whole lobster your best value would be as suggested to DIY. you can get whole lobster at low as $5.99/lb.
        Paying primo dollars to have it served at a finer dining resto makes little sense to me. As you do all the work. But I believe Joe Fortes and Coast has them available.
        Market has a lobster dish that some may enjoy. French style with Chinese flavorings. I found the Chinese flavorings just ok. The Kirin version flavor wise would have worked better. Besides Kirin there a bunch of chinese resto that serve lobster. Maybe try jade or sea harbour.
        As for a unique take on lobster. Tropika has a sambal lobster that i found to be a hit or miss. But you wont find this dish in Malaysia or Singapore as lobsters are not common. I think we did a chowdown at Seri Malaysia with lobster. Cant remember how it was done. :-(
        With the exception of the Market version, I find many places tend to overcook lobsters.

        Seri Malaysia Restaurant
        2327E Hastings St E, Vancouver, BC V5L1V6, CA

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          jcolvin RE: betterthanbourdain Feb 22, 2011 07:13 PM

          $5.99 / lb? That's a great price! For a 1-2 lb-er (not a canner)? Where do you find such a good price?

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            Sam Salmon RE: jcolvin Feb 22, 2011 07:29 PM

            A tad more than $5.99 with something of an idiosyncratic website/limited hours but looks worth checking out.

            416 E. Broadway 1-5 pm


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