There’s a new lobster in town, and he’s here to stay. Personally, I happily welcome Matt Dean Petit’s former lobster street food pop-up cum permanent fixture on Ossington, Rock Lobster Food Co., with wide-open arms. Lobster is my favourite food just in case you didn’t know… so this little gem is sure to become my new haunt. Last week I was invited to a media event hosted by Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum to sample some yummy rum cocktails paired with the delicacies that comprise Rock Lobster Food Co.’s menu. Lobster and rum? Yes, please!
On arrival I entered the Canadiana saloon/seafood bar that was blaring rock n’ roll music while local hipsters hung at the bar hand-picking their fresh seafood of choice. Immediately I felt the warmth that had been created when Matt took the space that used to be Watusi and re-vamped it to such a degree that I forgot immediately what its predecessor looked like. A gigantic Canadian mural hand-painted by Matt’s hippy father greets guests upon entry and the wood-paneled walls that make this place uber-rustic were built by Matt himself. And the tunes playing are loud, but reflective of how Matt enjoys savoring his fresh catch. If you like that cozy bar feeling while munching on the freshest seafood around, this is your spot. And it’s unique – don’t expect the more refined upscale tastings of Fishbar, located just up the street. Rock Lobster Food Co. is a place to chill, party, listen to tunes and eat Canadian comfort food – involving a lot of lobster.
After being introduced to the ever charming Sailor Jerry Brand Ambassador, Arron Thomas, and trying some of the lovely cocktail creations offered, we sat down to eat. What a fantastic meal – I am ready to go back this week for my boyfriend’s birthday… or just to enjoy a fresh lobster. Oh! And did I mention their prices are very affordable? Yeah… something about Matt’s lobsters connections… all I can say is, lucky us. 🙂
The meal started with a tower of lobster, shrimp and freshly shucked oysters. My favourite; just deliciously fresh seafood. Then we enjoyed a beet salad, a chopped Caesar salad with a Rock Lobster twist, a lobster poutine, the famed Rock Lobster roll (YUMMMMM), a crispy maple pork belly, a flatiron steak over hickory sticks topped with a fried duck egg (also YUMMMMM), and ended the meal with a “whale” tail, which is essentially the beaver tail we all used to enjoy at amusement parks. The last two were also privy to Sailor Jerry rum dipping sauces. Delectable!
Here are some pics of my delicious evening at Rock Lobster Food Co. Kudos to Matt and his team for creating a unique rock n’ roll vibe where we can enjoy top quality seafood and comfort food. It’s unlike any other in Toronto…