I landed at the airport in Charlottetown shortly after 1pm and while walking to the parking lot was immediately asked, “are you hungry do you need something to eat?” I had indulged in half a cup of coffee and a small pouch of raisons on my flight from Toronto so responded with an air of eagerness “Yes please! Let’s make my first feast in PEI a lobster bonanza!”
The sun was shining as we strolled along the hustle and bustle of Victoria Row, a street lined with restaurants and pubs where I found locals lounging on sun-soaked patio. Row House Lobster Co opened up shop at the start of the season, offering guests a playful menu which celebrates the bounty offered by local producers. The interior is open concept and its nod to the nautical offers a laid back atmosphere perfect for enjoying hearty, unpretentious grub.
Many of the dishes here highlight the islands culinary hero, the noble lobster. I opted to order a selection of whimsical plates which paid homage to PEI’s favourite crustacean. I began be whetting my whistle with a pint of Sir John A Honey Wheat Ale produced by local craft producer PEI Brewing Co.
Over the next hour I quenched my thirst while feasting on four lobster-centric dishes. I began by tipping my hat to the classic lobster roll which was served alongside a fresh slaw. The Tempura lobster lollypops offered a nice zing via cilantro lime sauce and are perfect for sharing. The most memorable moment of course was when I threw my calorie counter out the window and dug in to a large steaming bowl of lobster poutine. Crispy hand-cut fries adorned with butter poached lobster, covered in creamy bechamel and dotted with cheese curds… Bonjour, this is bliss!
Sir John A Honey Wheat Ale
pei brewing co
PEI Lobster Poutine
hand-cut fries, butter poached lobster, bechamel, cheese curds
Mini Lobster Roll
classic buttered soft roll, lemon chive mayo, house slaw
Tempura Lobster Lollipops
chilli garlic aioli, cilantro-lime dipping sauce
lobster pieces, charred corn, tomato salsa, lime creme fraiche