Restaurant: The Lobster Trap
Location: North Toronto
Address: 1962 Avenue Road
Price Range: $25 and up
1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very Good 5: Excellent
* Only open at dinner
* Can choose your own lobster
After having a taste of lobster from Maple Yip the other day (Check out my post here), my dad was surprised to see us enjoy lobster so much. He wanted me to look up lobster restaurants so we can go feast on it instead of having a tiny bit here and there. Lobster Trap has been on my go to list for awhile, but my family never really craves seafood so I never got a chance to go until this day.
Just like what I expected, it was a medium sized restaurant that had very laid back home feel to it. Maybe a little too laid back because when we walked in, they were so short on staff that we literally stood there for 5 minutes before we were approched.
Lobster tank where you can choose your own lobster
Appetizers & Entrees Menu
Lobster Menu, broiled or steamed?
There were 5 of us so we asked our server how much food would be enough for us and she said 6lbs of lobster from couple other dishes would be enough to fill us up.
Right after we sat down, we were given a baket of garlic bread. Ever since I moved to Toronto, I became a bread snob and the moment I saw these garlic bread...I knew they were made with the cheapest bread you can find! But seriously, garlic and butter makes everything taste so good- and sometimes cheap stuff is so comforting! I couldn't resist but to have a piece of two making sure I don't fill myself up before the lobster feast. Also keep in mind that they will refill the garlic bread for you if you want..but you don't want to fill up with carbs at a lobster restaurant, do you!?
While we were waiting for food, I realized it was getting really hot in the restaurant. The heat slowly creeped up on me, but I didn't think much of it until my forehead was covered in sweat. Why was the restaurant so hot!? especially a seafood restaurant? that's just so wrong. I asked the waitress if the AC was on, moments later she checked and said one of the AC in the main dining room wasn't turned on because they 'forgot' to turn it on. Really? how can you forget to turn on AC? Can't you feel the heat? I looked around and everyone was dripping in sweats, that was not pleasant at all. At least few minutes after the AC was turned on (for goodness sakes), I could stop showering in my own sweat.
Ordered: Coconut Shrimps
* 5 pieces of coconut shrimps for $9.75
* Shrimps were butterflied and deep fried with actual coconut bits in the batter
* When it arrived, it was just luke warm
* And the sauce looked like it was from McDonalds (seriously?)
* I was the one who wanted to try them and boy, did I regret ordering these
* For $10, this was def not worth it
Ordered: Lobster Bisque
* Small personal lobster bisque for $8.95
* This wasn't very hot either but it was delicious!
* It is super creamy and rich with lobster meats
* My dad loved this and finished a entire cup himself
* It is def not cheap but very much worth it
Ordered: Jumbo Garlic Shrimps
* 9 jumbo shrimps Butterflied and Baked $25.50
* If lobster is not your thing, they always have shrimp dishes
* They were perfectly cooked and had good flavor with garlic bits
* It was kind of on the dry side but with the melted butter it was fine
* I just tried one of this and my sister had the rest of it
Steamed 2 lb lobster
Ordered: 2lb Steamed Lobster & 4lb Broiled Lobster
* 2lb lobster was $57.00 and 4lb lobster is $97.00
* You can choose the lobster to be steamed or broiled
* I mostly had the broiled 4lb (obviously shared it with others)
* Steamed had much clean taste since no other seasoning was used
* Broiled lobster tasted more rich with the crust on top
* 4lb lobster was so huge the claw was as big as my face
* They get pretty messy to eat so you are given a plastic bib to put around your neck
Summary: I walked in not expecting much but I fully enjoyed the meal at The Lobster Trap. You can't really go wrong with lobster when they are fresh and I did enjoy the home cooked style the restaurant offered. The only thing that irritated me was the whole situation with the AC (but that got fixed) and the way they present the bill at the end. I feel like in this day and age restaurants should have proper receipts clearly indicating what you ordered and how much you are getting charged for each dish. The bill I received at The Lobster Trap was hand written in scribbles and it was difficult understanding what it said so I had to ask the server couple times just to make sure. Other than that, I really enjoyed my meal at The Lobster Trap and if I am ever craving lobsters, I will be back!