On my first eve in Charlottetown I dined at the cities most iconic restaurant. Lobster on the Wharf has been “the place for lobster” in Prince Edward Island since it opened in 1981. It was at that time that the original lobster pound found on the site was transformed into a seafood restaurant which today has expanded to include 240 indoor and 110 outdoor seats. In the summer tourists flock to the restaurants patio on the wharf while locals pop by to shop for live lobster to take home from the seafood market which operates out front.
Unfortunately just as we arrived looming thunder clouds hinted at the potential for an epic summer storm. The patio had been closed off so we were seated indoors, just moments before a torrential rain dumped itself across the city. Over the next few moments while whisking my way through the menu I couldn’t help but smirk as guests arrived into the dining room soaking wet.
The paper placemats here are hilarious, offering guests a quick education via “8 Easy Steps: how to properly feast on a whole lobster at the dinner table.” I opted to indulge in surf meets turf. Fans of the fish should order the restaurants signature “Lobster on the Wharf,” featuring freshly steamed lobster, melted butter, lemon, boiled baby potatoes and sour cream. A juicy New York Striploin accompanied by frites, fried onions and mushrooms will satiate meat cravings for those who shy from seafood. I wrapped up the evening while forking my way through two sweet treats, a decadent chocolate ganache torte and summer ready strawberry rhubarb crumble.
Beach Chair Lager, PEI Brewing Co
JJ Stewart Root Beer
marinated and grilled sweet onion and belle peppers, romaine, grape tomatoes, black olives, cucumbers, feta
New York Striploin
10oz AAA topped with herb butter, vegetables of season, frites, fried onions, mushrooms
Lobster on the Wharf
steamed pei lobster, melted butter and lemon, boiled potatoes, sour cream
Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble Pie
Chocolate Ganache Torte