New England Lobster Company, Burlingame
I read the eatery part of the shop is now open. Chowhounds have eaten at the truck:
New England Lobster Company
824 Cowan Rd
Burlingame, CA 94010
Food truck hrs:
Just got back from New England Lobster Co.--had another 1 1/2 lb lobster dinner. Sad to say, it wasn't nearly as good as the first one. I noticed that they had a small pile of cooked lobsters near the boiling pot, and the woman doing the cooking picked one out and dropped it in the pot to reheat it. I felt a little uneasy, but decided to wait and see. What I got was on par with the Ranch 99 lobsters I thought I had forsworn: pretty tasteless and waterlogged. But since the lobster was edible, if not enjoyable, I didn't return it. I did ask the guys at the counter if they had changed their procedures and started serving frozen or previously cooked lobster. They said that the lobster should have been cooked to order. . .but that clients had complained about having to wait the 15-20 minutes. So it looks like you have to ask for a live, freshly cooked specimen or risk disappointment. All that said, the people who work there seem to do whatever they can to please their clientele, so I shall return, though I will be sure not to settle for a previously cooked lobster.
I ate there last week and thought the lobster roll was really good, meat was sweet and rich, roll was very buttered and nicely griddled. My only criticism is that I wished there was a little more meat on it (I feel the same way about Wise Sons' pastrami sandwich), but the flavor was great. I think the Old Port Lobster Shack heaps it on a little more. Also tried the Manhattan clam/crab chowder but it was a little bland, lacking in clammy brininess, the taste I had of the lobster bisque seemed a better option. Definitely better than the roll at the Woodhouse Fish Co. which I found watery and not particularly fresh tasting. As noted the chips are thick and home made. Menu is limited, they don't have all those fried options that are available at the Old Port. Setting is much nicer than the Old Port strip mall as well.
I'm really surprised that no one seems to have reviewed the new restaurant yet. Trucks are great, but I prefer a proper chair and table--not to mention running water and soap--when I'm eating something messy.
I've been to the New England Lobster Co. a couple of times and have been very pleased. I had the 1.5lb lobster dinner the first time and it was perfectly cooked: sweet and tender. Thick homemade chips were also very good. The lobster and corn chowder is worth going for all by itself, and DH thoroughly enjoyed his lobster roll. Me, I prefer to wrestle the beast into submission. Just the tomalley mixed in with the lemon butter sauce makes it worthwhile.
The quality of the lobster here made me realize that we weren't doing ourselves (or even our wallets) any favors by buying from Ranch 99. The difference in the freshness of the lobster and the skill in cooking it more than justify the price difference.