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I was in the McDonalds @ 2701 Lawrence Avenue East today and saw that the ad on the till said that the McLobster was now available for a limited time.

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  1. How much $ was it and did you try it ?

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    1. re: grangie angie

      No idea on price; and I was there at breakfast time :(

      1. re: grangie angie

        $6.79 and i had the same issue as the other Chowhounder who said the salad had to be redistributed by him/her in order to fill the roll evenly.


        1. I happened to buy one out of curiosity while looking for Despicable Me toys. It was surprisingly ok, a hot dog bun with 3 whole claws and a couple knuckle pieces it looked like. Quite frankly it tasted better then the lobster roll I had at Rock Lobster which tasted like mayo only.

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          1. re: flipcyde

            weird I had a lobster roll at RL when they first opened and it was really good! Wasn't a fan of their other offerings but the lobster roll was solid.

          2. As an aside, here is a very interesting and relevant read on McLobster from a lobster exporter in Halifax:

            According to him, the $7.79 McLobster was "raining lettuce".

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            1. re: happycamper

              Yeah, I had it and it's easily about half lettuce. It's almost like eating a salad sandwich. But for a lobster roll from McDonald's, of all places, and for $6.50, it's better than it has any right to be.

              1. re: Michael N

                Had one for lunch today. It was more than acceptable for McDonald's. However, there seemed to be some inconsistency at my location.

                I noticed the sign on the way home yesterday and told a bunch of people at the office this morning. They all went to get one and generally found it to be quite good. But I didn't get any celery in mine and it's listed on the box as an ingredient. A co-worker who loathes celery did not detect any either. Another co-worker said she definitely tasted celery.

                In any case, the lobster was not rubbery/overcooked and there was an respectable amount of lobster, so good job, McD's!

            2. Had one today since I drove by a McDs and was going for an ice coffee anyway...

              It wasn't bad but I had to redistribute the filling myself (it only covered like a 2/3rd of the bun) and for me there was a TON of green onion vs. the shredded lettuce. Would have been great if the lettuce wasn't shredded.

              Anyway, it tasted pretty decent and lighter than most of the other things on the menu... Now, it "tasted" that way, not saying it was healthy in any way but I did notice the box said they used light mayonnaise :)

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              1. re: ylsf

                I believe they actually called it "light mayonnaise-style sauce." Which basically means that it's so far removed from actual mayonnaise that they can't legally call it that, like calling mock chocolate "chocolaty coating."

                1. re: Michael N

                  You are right, just checked the box.

                1. re: 5andman

                  yes, 100% atlantic lobster (well, the part that is lobster... plus the other stuff :) )


                  Not sure why it just says limited to Maritimes there. I guess that it is usually limited to the Maratimes. How far across Canada has it gone this year?

                  1. re: ylsf

                    fairly certain that mclobster has been seasonally available in the maritimes for quite some time, and it's only this year that it was made available here in ontario. that webpage may be a carry-over from that. . .

                2. Well, I tried one purely out of curiosity, and I can say that while it sated my curiosity, it did little else. It had more lettuce in it than anything else and tasted mainly of green onions. The little bits of lobster I pulled out to try separately had a very strange and unpleasant texture. At least that wasn't noticeable when eating the whole thing as one.

                  In the grand scheme of lobster rolls I can recall having eaten I would rank it as the 4th best. However, as the lobster roll has not been a regular part of my diet, there have been only 4. The one I had from Subway in New Hampshire is in 3rd place and was significantly better, and even that wasn't very good.

                  1. I'm actually gonna try this but it also kinda ticks me off. Having made them at home a number of times, the way McD's does them is just wrong. I guess to do it properly it would seem skimpy or would have to cost in excess of $10.

                    A Lobster Roll, at least, New England style, is really not much more than a top split hot dog bun, buttered and griddled on the outsides that's stuffed to over flowing with lobster meat. The meat gets mayonnaise BUT, and this is where NE'ers get snippy, just enough to act as a binder but so little that it barely imparts flavour. That's it.

                    When I make them I actually add garlic, lemon zest and celery salt (or more likely Cesar rimmer) to give it a bit of taste. The compound mayo more or less just plays in the back ground.


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                    1. re: Davwud

                      There's quite a bit of variation in the NE-style Lobster roll regarding the amount of mayo. While I agree it should just bind, some, even in NE, are closer to a lobster salad sandwich in a hot dog bun.

                      I don't have a problem with McDonald's pricing, but I agree, to do it right (full of nice big chunks of lobster), you'd need to charge more than $10 (even out east). I doubt McDonald's in Ontario can source the type of lobster, or prepare it for me in a way, that would make me spend $10+ on a fast food lobster roll.

                      Just for a price comparison: A mushroom swiss chicken McBistro (unlikely to order again) set me back around $6 last night. The McLobster would have cost around a dollar more, which isn't that much more considering it's a limited time offer, and lobster tends to be more expensive than chicken. Lobster rolls on Cape Breton were running $12-$15 at most places I visited last August, a good lobster roll in Kennebunkport, ME cost around $18 the year before, most decent versions were running $16-$20 the last few times I've been to Boston, and a good lobster roll in NYC often runs $20-$32 (although one in out-of-the-way Red Hook, Brooklyn starts at $11 http://newyork.cbslocal.com/top-lists... ). I think I paid around $40 for a foie gras topped lobster roll at Au Pied de Cochon in Montreal 4 years ago, and Rodneys on Bay (before the name change to John & Sons) was serving a very small, essentially 3 bite, lobster roll for around $20 18 months ago. $6-$8 seems reasonable at McDonald's.

                      I'm glad McD decided to offer a taste of the lobster roll to people here, even if it isn't going to satisfy people who have been spoiled by bigger and better lobster rolls. It's still a nice change from the usual.


                      1. re: prima

                        While I haven't done much "in the field" research, when I researched recipes to make my own, the predominant fact, argued vehemently, was that as little mayo as possible is to be used.


                        1. re: Davwud

                          Sorry- I didn't mean to come across as a lobster roll know-it-all, Davwud.

                          I've read the same type of stuff online, about just enough mayo to bind,so I was surprised some have had as much mayo as they did! ;) I added the Daily Meal slide show, so people could check out the lobster and mayo variables in some recommended lobster rolls outside Maine.
                          I guess "as little mayo as possible" is relative, too!

                          Also enjoyed a Lobster Club- lobster mixed with little mayo, and topped with a couple rashers of bacon on toasted sandwich bread. Not a lobster roll, but tasty!

                          1. re: prima

                            That's okay. I didn't know if you'd been to NE several times and found reality to be much different from virtual reality. As is often the case


                            1. re: Davwud

                              I've only been to NE and the Maritimes a few times, most recently for some weddings and meetings, so I've had a chance to try around a dozen lobster rolls out east over the last 3 years. I almost overdosed on chowder last summer, but I still like lobster rolls. I guess my first taste of a lobster sandwich was in Montreal in the 90s, not NE, so I started out by liking a lobster sandwich that was a little heavier with the mayo before I'd even heard of a lobster roll.

                              I realize the minimal amount of mayo to bind is the authentic ideal for NE Lobster rolls, but I like mine with a little more mayo, and a squeeze of fresh lemon, and it doesn't bother me if green onions or celery are added. I guess I like some lobster rolls that are effectively lobster salad in a roll even more than the authentic minimal mayo lobster rolls I've tried, which are sometimes a little dry and a little bland for my taste, even when made with fresh lobster.

                              1. re: prima

                                Well as I always say, it's your food, eat it as you like.

                                My point, originally, was that people will get the wrong idea of what a TRUE lobster roll is.


                                1. re: Davwud

                                  Ya, I know that was your original point. :-)

                                  My point is that I don't see McDonalds adding more mayo, celery or green onion to pre-frozen and mediocre quality lobster ( I would think all fast food lobster east of the Atlantic seaboard is pre-frozen and mediocre), makes their McLobster wrong or improper, if those additions are making the mediocre lobster more palatable. Amazingly fresh lobster is required to go with the authentic Maine-style minimalist approach and have the lobster roll taste good. At least McD's is branding their sandwich as McLobster, not Authentic Maine Lobster Roll. I don't think anyone expected the McRib to be an authentic rib sandwich. I guess I cut McD's slack on this type of stuff.

                                  I went off on a tangent. That's what I do.

                                  1. re: prima

                                    That's fine. I lost interest in my original point sometime around 10:17.


                      2. re: Davwud

                        The first time I had a lobster roll was at a diner in Nova Scotia along the route towards Cape Breton called The Little Red Barn. I do remember it had more mayo than what you're describing Davwud, but as you said it had plenty of lobster meat and not much else. Your version sounds quite good though so I suggest a Chowhound food fest at Davwud's place for lobster rolls!

                      3. Finally tried one at the Major Mac - Bayview location.

                        Can $7 bought me a toasted hot dog bun filled with about 7-8 pieces of nickle size lobster knuckle meat, diced scallions, celery and shredded lettuce in a light mayo dressing. No claw meat to be seen in mine. Tasted actually decent....but overrated!

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                        1. re: Charles Yu

                          Thanks for taking one for the team! I almost ordered one last night, but I decided a busy GTA McD's might do a better job at McLobster than the apparently understaffed 24 h drive thru in Beamsville, which took over 25 minutes for drive thru, at 11 pm. Maybe all the cars ahead of mine ordered the labour intensive McLobster, frapppes and slushies, slowing down the drive thru to a snail's pace? Somehow I doubt that. :) Tim's might be the faster option in Beamsville!

                          1. re: Charles Yu

                            Yay, Good Ol' Charles - like they say, a picture paints a thousand words. I was *really* trying to imagine what a McLobster looks like based on the earlier posts in this thread.

                            Somehow, I simply *can't* imagine you (or a Michelin inspector) in a McDonalds - did you happen to don any disguise before you went in? :-D

                            1. re: klyeoh

                              FYI, our mutual chowhounder friend 'Peech', an even more avid food lover than me, often frequent McD!! Waiting to see him in his blog, devouring a Big Mac with a 'cup of Chateau Petrus'!! Ha!!

                              1. re: Charles Yu

                                Peech?! At McD?! That acid-tongued food critic who rubbished some Michelin-rated spots?! Now, I've heard of everything. And I thought a McDonalds lobster sandwich was news.

                          2. I’m a huge McDonald’s lover but was not happy with my McLobster sandwich.

                            First off, there was definitely celery in mine, as well as green onions. Good thing too, as they were the only flavour contributors.

                            The lobster portion was very skimpy. Hardly any lobster. The ratio of lobster to bun was way out of whack. Not that more lobster would have helped as it was of course canned style/frozen, which I’m not a big fan of to begin with.

                            But if you like shredded lettuce, this sandwich is for you. No regrets in trying, but won’t be getting again. Available till Aug 26th, I was told.

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                            1. re: magic

                              I would've thought they would've gone with frozen lobster. I was wondering whether the lobster was being made into filling on site, or whether huge vats of pre-made filling were arriving from somewhere else. Wondering if any Chowhounds who work at McD's could let us know the answer! (Might be a secret!)

                              1. re: prima

                                Well by canned I guess I meant frozen, yeah....

                                I edited by post to clarify that :)

                                1. re: magic

                                  :-) I'm guessing it's just as well that the McD employees don't have to take care of the live lobsters, or shell the cooked ones (if they had to pay out millions for the hot coffee lawsuit, I could see McD's trying to avoid any "lobster shell cracked my tooth and now I can't eat" lawsuits!)

                                  1. re: prima

                                    For sure.

                                    For the record, it's nice to see McDonald's do something a little different that there is clearly demand for. I personally just didn't care for this product.

                            2. I never, ever eat at McDonald's, but curiosity drove me to broke my moratorium to try a McLobster yesterday. What a waste of time, money, and tastebuds. Opening the box revealed a smallish, toasted hot dog bun with a portioned wodge of... food product... jammed onto two-thirds of it. I used a fork to redistribute it to cover the whole bun.

                              The texture was more about the copious amounts of shredded lettuce, and the taste was canted more towards celery than lobster. Of the lobster, it was just the smallest bits of flesh- leg meat and the like, not a claw nor knuckle in sight- bound in too much mayo. The bun was squishy, the filling was meh, and the whole experience made me feel deeply, horrifyingly shameful.

                              No way of knowing whether the sandwich is better made on the east coast, or if I just got the end of a batch and an incompetent kitchen hand, but I won't be trying it again.

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                              1. re: SpiceMustFlow

                                We shared the very same experience.

                                The portion is tiny, and even if you bought two and combined the innards into one, it would simply be twice as gross.

                              2. Holy hell!!! A friend just bought one of these beasts and I had one bite. It was by far one of the most vile things I've eaten in a very long time. Real lobster or not it was freaking terrible.

                                1. I had been craving a lobster roll and someone told me about the McLobster (actually a few people did). I couldn't do it! A friend tried it and said it was awful. We ended up buying a lobster at Loblaws and having them steam it for us. We then made our own lobster rolls and they were fabulous.

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                                  1. re: SusanB

                                    Loblaws steam a hell of a lobster.

                                    1. re: SusanB

                                      Thanks for the post. I was considering trying McDo but will venture to make my own. Could you suggest any other place that will steam (and ideally shell) a reasonably sized lobster? What does a fresh lobster cost from the market?

                                      Obviously I've never worked with one before but know how to do celery, green onion and mayo. Wish me luck.

                                    2. I tried a McLobster today. It was boring.

                                      There was a lot of lobster in it for $7, and it was nicely distributed in the bun, but the lobster meat was tasteless. It had that spongy, watery texture that seafood gets after it's been cooked then frozen. And the celery was the deep green, woody stuff that comes from the outer layer of an old head. Bitter and very pungent.

                                      First you're hit with salt, then the chopped celery, then a faint hint of lobster lingers. It could have been pollock and I would have enjoyed it as much.

                                      One piece of claw meat fell out so I decided to eat it alone. Still not much taste, and there was a piece of shell in it.

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                                      1. re: hal2010

                                        Thanks for the specifics. I don't like precooked then frozen seafood either, so that helps me understand why some people don't like it and others think it's just fine. Now I don't need to try it.

                                        1. re: hal2010

                                          While I didn't HATE the McLobster, I think hal2010's description was spot on.

                                          I'm glad I tried it, as I've been hoping to for year, but I don't think I will be getting it again.

                                        2. Haven't been to McDonald's for many years, but decided to try the McLobster on the basis of this thread. Overall it was decent - a fair amount of claw and knuckle meat, some lettuce, celery, green onion, and not too much mayo-type dressing. For 7 bucks, it was decent value.

                                          1. Had one. It was a mayonnaise soup with celery notes. The lobster pieces were fingertip sized. If I didn't know there was lobster in it, I would have said it was a mayonnaise roll.

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                                            1. re: Pincus

                                              I tried mine in North York. I am a regular Mc customer, in Canada and when I travel in Asia because I can count on the quality and cleanliness. The TV ad and photo of McLobster in stores are so attractive with big chunks of lobster meat. When I got mine, it had a few tips of claws and legs. All I tasted was green onions and lettuce. It tasted so bad that I threw it in the garbage after three bites. That's the first time I've done that at Mc. McDonald should really improve the sandwich or discontinue it all together.

                                            2. I had one today at the McDonald's adjoining the last gas station before the Quebec border (Lancaster/Alexandria exit) on the 401 eastbound. Wasn't hungry; just remembered this thread and decided to give it a try.

                                              Blech. Blech. Blech. Mine seemed to have equal parts of lobster meat, very crisp and flavourful celery, and green onions, and was not overly mayonnaisey.

                                              There was absolutely no lobster flavour. Not a smidgen. What there was was a very putrid fishy, chemically aftertaste that lingered. And lingered. No amount of chocolate chip cookies could take it away. I realized that the lobster is probably totally saturated with chemical preservatives. For barfing.

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                                              1. re: Tatai

                                                this thread is the equivalent of VVMs "_____ on a coupon" threads, there's no way that a six dollar lobster sandwich from fucking mcdonald's is going to be any good

                                                hold off on the don's run for a week and buy a lobster

                                                1. re: disgusti

                                                  No, it's a bunch of curious people trying out something in the hope that it will be good. Which it was, for some.

                                                  1. re: disgusti

                                                    I think these things are the great equalizer. Not all of us can arrange private wine matching dinners at Splendido, or line up at the latest truck at some ticketed event, or get to Glory Hole when they happen to have donuts. Everyone can try the McLobster.

                                                      1. re: kwfoodiewannabe

                                                        At best. I wish I could forget that one vile bite I convinced myself to have... *shudder*

                                                        1. re: JennaBean


                                                          I have been contemplating "one bite" for a while now. I have been reading "disgusting" and "not so bad" type comments on this thread.

                                                          For some reason, your last post just hit home.

                                                          I've decided to pass. I feel better now. LOL.

                                                          1. re: kwfoodiewannabe

                                                            I know what you mean KW.

                                                            I thought long and hard about doing it but in the end, I picked up a couple of lobster tails at Costco and made my own. I can't possibly tell you how incredible they were.


                                                            1. re: Davwud

                                                              That's it. I'm going to Bill's on my way home tonight and I'm going to do it up right. I may have to use a hotdog roll but you know, that's ok. :-)

                                                              1. re: JennaBean

                                                                You're supposed use hot dog buns. Top split hd buns. Accept no substitutes.

                                                                Butter and griddle the outsides.


                                                                1. re: Davwud

                                                                  It is the top split that I can't find in my hood so it will have to be a more traditional wonderbread style hotdog bun.

                                                                  1. re: JennaBean

                                                                    Dempsters and wonderbread have them. I've seen them at many loblaws and sobey stores, although it's probably too late now for you!

                                                                    1. re: LexiFirefly

                                                                      Oh, I get what you're saying.

                                                                      I found mine at Sobey's.


                                                                      1. re: Davwud

                                                                        I used a plain old side split wonderbread hotdog roll with lots and lots of clarified butter. It was pure heaven. One 2lbs lobster made three lovely rolls and I had some fresh corn and tomaotes for on the side. Prefect summer meal.

                                                                        1. re: JennaBean

                                                                          It's odd. There's a thread currently on the NE board about whether or not Lobster Rolls are over rated. If they are, then they aren't done right. Both Mrs. Sippi and I were dumbfounded by how good these ones I made Friday were. Stupidly good.


                                                            2. re: kwfoodiewannabe

                                                              I got one from Buster's Sea Cove truck instead. Sadly I found it pretty tasteless.

                                                  2. I thought I'd add my experience to the mix. I love lobster so I was keen to try this before it disappears.

                                                    I'll preface my comments by pointing out that I'm not a frequent consumer of McD's products. I might go twice a year. Based on my limited past experiences at McD's my expectations weren't very high relative to the McLobster. That said, the sandwich definitely exceeded my expectations.

                                                    My first impression was good. I was happy to be able to readily identify a few reasonable sized pieces of lobster meat in the sandwich. The quantity of lettuce was not excessive and I didn't mind that the lettuce was shredded since it still had some crunch to it.

                                                    I'm not a fan of celery and I can't say I noticed any celery in the mixture. As someone noted up-thread, the flavour of green onion is prevalent. I really like green onions so this wasn't an issue for me as I could still taste the lobster.

                                                    As ylsf experienced, the filling in my sandwich did not cover the full roll. I simply discarded the empty 1/4 of the bun since I found the roll to be bland and underwhelming. It reminded me of a white bread hot dog bun. Certainly nothing special.

                                                    Overall I was pretty impressed with the sandwich. I definitely wasn't stuffed after eating it but it did make for a satisfying lunch. I'd return to have another one if the promotion continues, and it surprises me to say that.

                                                    1. Celery overwhelming.. way way too watery.. not enough lobster flavor.. so so sandwich. I prefer the filet o fish mmmm