Review: Atlantic Canada Lobster from Subway Canada
As an Atlantic Canadian, I can attest how easy, not to mention inexpensive it is to obtain a freshly caught lobster during the Summer months. Heck, you can find fisher-folks selling them out of the back of their trucks. And as seedy as purchasing parking lot crustaceans might sound to you, nobody here bats an eye over it. Now what might run you the risk of immediate deportation from Nova Scotia would be if you were spotted ordering the new Atlantic Canada Lobster from Subway… “The House That Jared Built”.
The Atlantic Canada Lobster is described by Subway Canada like this:
Delicious tender chunks of lobster meat from Atlantic Canada are lightly mixed with mayo, complimented with lettuce on Italian bread to provide a truly Maritimes experience.
Anyone here, or down the North Eastern Coast of the U.S. will tell you, a lobster roll, while seemingly simplistic in presentation, is really an intricate work of art and balance. Certainly not something you’d ever fathom leaving in the hands of a “Sandwich Artist”. But here I am.
First, I requested the bread be toasted, as the thought of warmed up lobster isn’t something I signed up for. Also, your traditional lobster roll normally comes on a lightly buttered, then toasted New England style hot dog roll, so I was trying to get it as close as possible. The employee complied, throwing it into a large metal box, where I assume it went to Narnia and came back with a serviceable tan. An extremely sparse amount of pre-doled out lobster was applied to the now crusty 6-inch. Literally, three heaping tablespoons at best. As a purist, I asked only for salt and pepper and a sprinkling of Subway’s now signature wilting lettuce. The lobster, while consisting mostly of finely minced meat, did come peppered with considerable sized chunks of claw meat. That in itself was pretty impressive for a fast food chain. Going in with lowered expectations was beginning to pay off.
The meat wasn’t too sweet, with a very faint taste of the sea. It comes already mixed with mayonnaise, but not enough to overpower any of the flavors the lobster still possessed. The Subway worker noted a lot of customers get extra mayo and often cheese. (I may have thrown up in my mouth a little at this point). I realize Subway is a do it yourself concept, but adding cheese that one chooses by describing its color, isn’t something that should ever come in contact with lobster. The meat wasn’t dry, the claw portions, pleasantly plump.
Part of me is glad Subway didn’t go the KFC route and offer up a bastardized gonzo lobster sub to counter McDonald’s Amish version. Although, the decadent, part of me wished there had been a tub of melted butter on the side for dipping ala au jus. Overall, Subway should be proud of this offering. Although pricing is very high ($8.00 for 6-inch) compared to the quantity of meat provided, it’s not a horrible sandwich. It will never be confused for an authentic lobster roll, but gets points for not really trying to. And a plastic bib, just for the novelty. The bag my sub came in just wasn’t the same.
Pros: Some larger chunks of meat present. Fresh tasting lobster. Restraint on mayo.
Cons: Very small portioning means to much bread to meat ratio. Mayo needed more zing.
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.00/10
Price: $8.00 for 6"
Overall GrubGrade: 6.00/10
More Info: http://www.subway.ca
Serving Size: 231 grams
Total Fat: 9 grams
Carbs: 45 grams
Dietary Fiber: 5 grams
Sugars: 7 grams
Protein: 18 grams