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Where in Montreal for lobster?

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I'll be coming to Montreal around New Year's Eve from San Francisco, and I'm craving some good East coast lobster. I don't need anything particularly fancy, a New England style place that serves steamed lobster would do. I've had lobster on past visits at Gibby's (a bit pricey for what you get) and La Sirene (very nice, just want a new place this time).

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  1. Well, if it's pricey, it's not the lobster's fault. We always go to Chinatown to pig out on lobster cooked with ginger. One time we hit a place (Shandong?) that had a special offering of TWO whole lobsters for $13.95 CAN. (We're also from SF, BTW, but pass through Montreal once a year).

    1. I've visited the Queue Cheval on Rene Levesque (near the Bell Center) a few times. It features prime steaks, but also has Nova Scotia lobsters available. Again, pricey.... they charge by the pound. They also had other types of lobsters available for less $. The presentation was very attractive. The restaurant is overall very nice, but not cheap.

      1. One great place for Lobster in Montreal that I go to is Magnan's On rue St Patrick. http://www.magnanresto.com/
        Check out their website .. they have different festivals for Crab, Lobster, Shrimp, Scallops
        I believe May / June is Lobster season and shrimp. August they have scallop and crab festival.

        otherwise for lobster I usually go to Kam Fung for Cantonese lobster all year round....
        I also like the lobster from La Sirene on Jean Talon or Lacadie.

        1. Don't know if it was accidental or not, but a good idea to revive thos thread :)
          I'll be buying lobster for a dinner the week-end of the 16, so I'm interested in suggestions to where to buy them. I was planning on getting them at Norref (or maybe the Jean-Talon Odessa outlet as that is closer from home). But I'm interested in hearing people's suggestions for where to purchase lobster.

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          1. re: sweettoothMTL

            The best lobsters I've had in Montreal -- or maybe anywhere -- I purchased at Les Délices de la Mer at Jean Talon Market last May. They'd been caught off the Gaspé coast one or two days before. Feisty, firm-fleshed, sweet and briny -- a different beast from the sad out-of-season bugs that have spent months in a lobster hotel* and days if not weeks in a fishmonger's tank (where they don't eat, btw). Not the cheapest but in no way overpriced.
            ________
            *See John McPhee's 2005 New Yorker article "Out in the Sort", also published in his book *Uncommon Carriers*.

            http://209.85.173.132/search?q=cache:...

            www.newyorker.com/archive/2005/04/18/...

            1. re: carswell

              I can only second that rec and recommend people to fly over there for the crab too before season ends. It is amazingly good! Their fish and seafood is always really fresh and worth the price.

              1. re: carswell

                Bought 2 large precooked from Delices yesterday and happy to say the 2009 lobsters seem to be as good as you describe the 2008. The woman behind the counter proudly told me they had been caught the day before and for me, they were the best lobster I've had outside of New England. Delice's lobsters were more expensive than I've seen elsewhere in Montreal but so so fresh. Loblaws had 2 smallish prepackaged cooked lobsters for $12 something, as well there were live lobsters at very reasonable prices.

              2. re: sweettoothMTL

                You can purchase lobster at La Sirene de la mer Markets On Jean Talon just before Rockland or L'Acadie Just past Cote Vertue. You can also get nice lobsters on PARC at the Poissonerie. This is in between St Viateur and Bernard St. I have also seen nice lobsters at the Atwater Market and the Jean Talon Market. Also i don't love roe so I always ask for a male lobster and not a female lobster. Less Eggs

                1. re: Alyson777

                  Save me the female lobsters. I love the roe & tomalley in lobsters. Are their any fish mongers in Montreal, that will sell me only the tomalley & fish roe(since they're many people who don't like them)?

                  1. re: BLM

                    Yes, I love the tomalley and roe as well. I feel cheated when I buy female lobsters and there are no eggs.

                    Wish there were a way to get just the eggs without buying/killing the whole lobster.

                    1. re: souschef

                      What's the best way to enjoy the eggs?

                      1. re: The Chemist

                        on bread with garlic butter (with a side of lobster!)

                        1. re: The Chemist

                          Cooked very gently in whipping cream.

                          You can use the lobster shells to make a bisque, then mix the eggs into the bisque. I once had a little leftover bisque which I mixed into scrambed eggs; it was amazing.

                          1. re: souschef

                            I generally make a bisque with the shells so this would be a great addition. Thanks.

                            Also, do you mean cooked in whipping cream as a gentle poache? Thanks.

                            1. re: The Chemist

                              Yes, I do mean cooked in whipping cream as a gentle poach. You then crush some of the eggs to colour the whole "sauce".

                2. I don't often go into supermarkets but I needed something the other day and was walking past Metro on Parc and Milton, so I stopped in for a second. They were selling live lobsters for $5.99 a pound. This worked out to about $7 per. I picked some up, obviously =D The live were cheaper than than the pre-cooked, which were a bit more expensive.

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                  1. re: The Chemist

                    I was at the 5 Saisons on Bernard street yesterday in Outremont and they were selling
                    live lobster for $5.99 l/b

                    1. re: Alyson777

                      There's a story in today's Montreal Gazette, about the low lobster prices now.

                      1. re: BLM

                        Anyone know about this place Mezze? Apparently they're having all you can eat lobster for $25 Thursday and Friday this week.

                        1. re: sockhead

                          That sounds sick (as in wicked). Nothing on the website, though:

                          http://mezzemontreal.com/

                          1. re: Shattered

                            Here is the facebook link I found for the all you can eat lobster at Mezze:

                            http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/eve...

                            Has anyone ever eaten there? I'm assuming this is the same Mezze that used to be on Saint Laurent. Can anyone confirm or give any feedback on the resto as my husband and I are considering giving it a try tomorrow night.

                            Thanks!

                            1. re: jarschef

                              I tried it out yesterday. Markup on wine was RIDICULOUS.

                              Good deal for lobster though.

                              1. re: sockhead

                                Solution: Order beer.

                                How was the lobster? What kinds of preparations? I am assuming boiled and with garlic butter?

                                1. re: The Chemist

                                  Three choices of prep, without anything on the side.

                                  The choices were:
                                  1. chilled, with three dipping sauces
                                  2. warm, with garlic and oil
                                  3. warm, cooked with whiskey and cracked pepper

                                  1. re: sockhead

                                    Which was the best choice? Can you try all three? Did they give any problems if you ordered alot??
                                    My husband can eat ALOT of lobster!
                                    Did you try anything else on the menu?
                                    Thanks!

                                    1. re: jarschef

                                      You can try all three, we tried all three. It wasn't so much a problem about getting as much as you want, rather that service was so painfully slow that you'll end up waiting so long that you'll become so impatient so that you'll just want to leave.

                                      I think they just opened.

                                  2. re: The Chemist

                                    Beer with lobster? Seriously? Maybe (just maybe) a wheat beer, but that would probably cost as much or more than a decent glass of wine...

                                  3. re: sockhead

                                    Is it the same resto as the one on St-Laurent?

                                    1. re: hungryann

                                      It is not the same owner as the old one on on St-Laurent.
                                      We went tonight for the lobster special and it was a disaster.
                                      We were seated and then no one came by to give us a menu or even acknowledge us for over 20 minutes.
                                      The lobsters we saw being served looked more like crabs they were so tiny and we could see the service was going to be unbearable.
                                      Went for chinese lobster instead.

                              2. re: sockhead

                                I decided to join Mezze's fb group in case they had another lobster feast (couldn't make it out last wk)
                                All-you-eat mussels this Thurs & Fri for $15. Not as big a deal as lobster, but not too shabby either. And you can wash it down with beer.

                                http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid...

                            2. re: Alyson777

                              Anyone who loves lobster and isn't scooping them up at the sale prices available around the city is crazy. I cooked one up this evening, 6.99/pound at PA. Very tasty (my 4 year old loved his chunks). It will hold me over until Wells/ Ogunquit and the Beach Plum Farm in about 3 weeks.

                              1. re: everyonelovessushi

                                I also picked up live lobsters this afternoon at Supermarche PA on Fort. Their circular said "1-1/4 lbs. or less at $6.99/lb." Well, I picked out 2 of the largest ones from the tank, and when i got to the checkout, they checked out at 2 lbs. each. As Shattered said in his post, "sick - like wicked". I've never bought lobsters at that size for such a ridiculously low price. I just finished cooking them and eating the first one - boy oh boy, sick wicked amazing.

                                1. re: everyonelovessushi

                                  Provigo at Parc & Sherbrooke has 'em live at $5.77/lb.
                                  Cooked for $14.93/kg (6.79/lb? conversion isn't my strong suit).
                                  It's cheaper than steak these days.

                                  1. re: Shattered

                                    Would it be better buying live lobsters or cooked? Pros and cons please... thanks.

                                    1. re: StellasDad

                                      1. If you buy live, you can cook the lobster to your liking.
                                      2. If you buy cooked, you don't know what state the lobster was in before it was dropped into the pot. Disreputable fishmongers have been known to leave the freshest, feistiest lobsters in the tank and cook only lobsters that are on their last legs (or, worse yet, expired), i.e. lobsters that they couldn't otherwise sell.

                                      1. re: carswell

                                        Wouldn't you be able to tell by the smell?