Last updated on December 28th, 2022 at 09:22 am
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Have you ever heard of a restaurant called Fishman Lobster Clubhouse in Toronto?
If you’re a Chinese person that lives in this Canadian city, you’ve probably heard of them. They are known for their delicious lobster dishes.
In fact, they are so popular that there are almost 4,000 reviews on Google.
I’ve been coming here for years.
I never noticed just how busy it is all the time but I finally learned my lesson.
My friends and I arrived at Fishman Lobster Clubhouse around 2 pm (after our trip to Terre Bleu Lavender Farm).
We thought we would for sure be able to get a table right away. The interior is huge and the prime time for lunch has passed already.
Nope. The restaurant was still completely full. We had to wait around 15-20 minutes for a table.
And there were still people in line in front of us.
This should give you a sense of how popular the restaurant is.
Different Menu Options
The waitress puts a bunch of different menus on the table.
Regulars usually go straight for the lunch and dinner combos.
Fishman Lobster Clubhouse has meal combinations for how many people you’re with. Since it was the three of us, we went with the 4 people meal combo.
We could have gone with the 2 people combo but we rather take the remaining leftovers home than feel like we didn’t have enough to eat.
In most meal combos, there is soup, vegetables, lobster/seafood, main dish, and dessert.
(If lobster isn’t your thing, there are also crab towers but I always go for lobster. I mean, it’s called Fishman LOBSTER clubhouse).
It’s quite a lot of food.
But if you tend to eat at Chinese-style restaurants, a set menu is normal.
Chinese people go for set menus when they don’t want to decide on individual dishes. It’s too much work.
Ways of Cooking Your Lobster
The restaurant has different ways of cooking your lobster.
My family and friends like the HK style (fried lobster pieces with fries).
Unfortunately, I asked for ketchup with the fries and there weren’t any.
There’s another type of cooking lobster and it’s with maggi sauce.
Fun fact. Once I like something, I basically always stick to it but my friends wanted to try a small portion.
(I’m trying to get better at this being a picky eater thing.)
In this case, I’m glad I did because I prefer Maggi sauce now.
It has more of a soy sauce flavour. It also has more sauce. The HK-style lobster is a bit too dry for some people’s taste.
Don’t get me wrong.
Both were good.
No matter how Fishman Lobster Clubhouse makes the dish, the lobster will always be fresh.
But if I had to pick between the two different styles, there’s a clear winner. And it’s the maggi sauce.
The only downside I would say is that with the Maggi sauce option, there are no fries.
There are other options as well if both of those don’t suit your taste.
After you order, the waiter comes by to show you the live lobster you will be eating. It’s somewhat normal for Chinese restaurants to do that so that customers can see the freshness of their food.
Here is an opportunity for taking pictures to put up on Instagram.
Every time I come here, I see at least one table holding up the lobster and taking pictures.
The restaurant has a rubber band around the lobster claws so you won’t get hurt.
Fishman Lobster Clubhouse Dishes Review
To start the meal, they serve you soup.
I don’t like soup, let alone creamy corn soup, so I passed my portion to my friend.
Next up were the vegetables. The vegetables we got were poached. I wasn’t the biggest fan since I like my vegetables cooked with garlic or oyster sauce.
However, there’s going to be a lot of flavour in their other dishes so having something more bland balances out the taste.
When the lobster tower comes out, it looks very appetizing.
The restaurant cut the lobster up into pieces for you but you have to still de-shell each piece.
They also provide you with gloves so you don’t have to get your hands dirty.
But it would still be more convenient if they did help you de-shell the lobster.
Honestly, the restaurant probably has no time. It’s way too busy there all the time.
Their Rice and Noodles
At first glance, their fried rice looks pretty plain. But it’s one of those dishes where you take a bite and the flavour explodes in your mouth.
I approve of their fried rice here! It’s definitely one of my favourites at this restaurant.
Their e-fu noodles here, on the other hand, weren’t as good. The taste was bland. Normally, I like eating e-fu noodles at Chinese restaurants but I will not be getting this again here.
The noodles were also the last dish to come out. At that point, we were almost done halfway eating our lobster pile.
The set menu we got had a good mixture of bland and flavourful dishes. Maybe this was done on purpose?
For dessert, the restaurant gave us three macarons (two vanilla and one lemon).
I lunged for the vanilla macarons right away since it’s my favourite flavour.
My friend was quite full already so I had her macaron as well. My stomach is never too full for a little bit of dessert.
The macaron itself wasn’t that good. The shell fell off of both while I took a bite.
Macaron connoisseurs – you would not be satisfied with what they served.
If you’re not that picky with desserts, it will do.
Final Thoughts – Fishman Lobster Clubhouse
So what are my thoughts?
This restaurant is not for solo eaters.
I would suggest going with at least three people but I would go with even more than that.
Even though my friends and I ate a lot, all of us would be more than happy to sample a wider variety.
It is important to note that at Fishman Lobster Clubhouse, you pay by the pound for the lobster/crab.
It’s not a set price like a lot of other restaurants. The price will differ depending on how much the lobster/crab weigh.
Also, bring cash or a debit card. They don’t accept credit cards here.
I would definitely recommend coming here. You should come here at least once and see what the hype is all about.
Go to Fishman Lobster Clubhouse if you…
- Love fresh seafood (especially lobster)
- Like Chinese food
- Are okay with waiting in line
- Have at least 3 people to eat with
- Are okay with loud restaurants
- Have cash or a debit card(they don’t accept credit cards!)
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