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Hankering lobster

Anywhere else besides Starfish?

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  1. Well according to Amy Pataki in yesterday's Star not The Lobster Trap.

    Go to Bill's Lobster, (Gerrard and Broadview) buy a couple and cook them at home. +++cheaper and better. A few store bought salads and crusty bread. Yum.

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    1. re: MargieEv

      Re Lobster Trap, I know. Gross!!! Funny because we'd only been there once and thought it was horrible. This was about 5 years ago and I was thinking maybe we just ordered the wrong thing and I was planning to give them another try. Well, Amy's review sealed the deal for me.

      I love Bill's Lobster but am looking for a meal out.


      1. re: millygirl

        I tried patronizing The Lobster Trap on Avenue Road this week for the first time in my life.

        It was a monumental waste of my time.

        I won't bore with specifics, but to anyone craving lobster, DO NOT go to The Lobster Trap.

        What an unmitigated sh!t show.

        1. re: magic

          It's been around since at least the early 70's and they don't call it a "trap" for nothing! I see you got trapped also :-)

          Check out this very interesting article from the star:


          1. re: foodyDudey

            A total disaster.

            My guess is not long for the boneyard as well.

    2. Zee Grill. Great desserts, too. Or Rodney's on King.

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      1. re: prima

        A BIG +1 for Zee Grill. It's my go to for English style lobster. It's always well executed and consistent for years.

        This reminds me to try to head back to this restaurant before the years end.

      2. Fish Street Market & Open Kitchen. Good stuff.


        1. Not for everyone, but if one love oriental preparation then head up to Richmond Hill or Markham. Currently, one can order lobster at $9.99 per pound at Chinese Restaurant like 'Lee Yu Mun Seafood' at Spadina and 16th Avenue. A 3 pounder sauteed with Maggi sauce can be had for only $30!! That is 50% of what western restaurants are charging! Taste wise, IMO, is more 'exotic' too!

          1. Omei for Lobster 5 ways if you are larger group. Otherwise I would recommend Diana's Seafood restaurant.

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            1. re: elvisahmed

              More on O Mei:
              In order for O'Mei to do a Lobster 5 ways, they would need 2 lobsters to provide enough Tomalley. ( Steamed egg custard and fried rice or braised e-fu noodles ). With their lobster averaging around 6 pounds each, the group will need to be about 10+ person. ( I usually allow 1.5 lb per person ). One single giant lobster (9 lb max) will usually be prepared 4 ways. They are charging $20 per pound nowadays.

              1. re: elvisahmed

                Diana's is good if you don't want chinese style. I think they charge ??$60 or ?? $30 for a ? 2 pounder.

              2. If you don't mind a bit of travelling, Jakes Grill & Oyster House in Burlington is having Lobsterfest this weekend. 11/2 pound steamed lobster dinner w potato and veg for $29.99 or add 4 oz beef tenderloin to make it surf & turf for 36.99. I've been to Jakes several times and have always had a great dinner.


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                1. re: belcat

                  Allow me to present another totally different scenario:
                  'Steamed' lobster is one of the easiest way to prepare the beast. With T&T currently selling live US east coast lobster at $5.99 per pound for 2 pounders. Why not get 2 for less than $25, steam them yourself and eat them till your heart's content!!
                  Boil them in salted water is even easier.

                  1. re: Charles Yu


                    have you tried those T&T lobsters? I did when they had a sale about 3 years back, and had to run to Bill's to replace all the disgusting duds I had from T&T. They were alive, but after cooking and cracking them open, the flesh basically "poured" out. It was not a pretty sight. I'll go try it again ig I hear they are actually OK.

                    1. re: foodyDudey

                      Those specials usually starts on Thursdays. That's the day I usually get them. They were more than Okay. Shell cavity full of meat. Yours, a single isolated case?!!

                      1. re: Charles Yu

                        About five of the six lobsters had the problem, and they didn't want to take them back so I have never been back to T&T for anything since that episode.

                2. How about Swatow or one of the many Asian restos on Spadina? 2 lobsters(smallish) for $35.00. Black bean sauce or ginger and scallions..mmmmmm. Now I'm hankerin' some lobster!

                  1. The Star recommended Hooked (888 Queen St East) as they will steam and shell a lobster for you 'to go'. 416 828 1861

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                    1. re: mskatsam

                      Thanks. I understand that The Chase is the place to go too!
                      Hopefully I will get my fix in soon.

                      1. re: millygirl

                        The Chase had a delicious lobster claw dish. And the lobster on the Bay Street platter was a perfect portion that was shared at my table. Pricey option but sometimes you just want to splurge.

                    2. Splurge and go to Scaramouche's Lobsterlicious

                      Unfortunately, it won't start up again until Jan 2014 :-(

                      Currently, Rock Lobster too ?

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                      1. re: Dean Tudor

                        Oh great news Dean. Love Scaramouche Lobsterlicious. Thanks for the reminder. I will hold off until then. It's well worth the wait!

                        Are they doing the whole month? I must check. Maybe squeeze two visits in. LOL

                        1. re: millygirl

                          Usually Lobsterlicious runs from mid-Jan until sometime in mid-March, if I recall correctly.

                        2. re: Dean Tudor

                          Lobsterlicious sounds great!

                          Rock lobster in my opinion is pretty bad quality seafood.

                          I had this for lunch last sunday -

                          Don't know if they always have it but worth calling to ask. Mine was served with crushed up crackers over top. Delicious!