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”.

Lobster SubwayThe 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.

Subway LobsterFirst, 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.

Lobster Subway CanadaThe 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.

Lobster Sub Canada SubwayPart 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.

Taste: 6.50/10
Value: 6.00/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.00/10
Price: $8.00 for 6"

Overall GrubGrade: 6.00/10

More Info: http://www.subway.ca
Nutrition Facts:
Serving Size: 231 grams
Calories: 330
Total Fat: 9 grams
Carbs: 45 grams
Dietary Fiber: 5 grams
Sugars: 7 grams
Protein: 18 grams

9 comments on “Review: Atlantic Canada Lobster from Subway Canada

  1. Jonathan Wayne says:

    This looks awful, sad and pathetic, not to mention overpriced like crazy. To put it in perspective I was just in Naples, FL and got an amazing top of the line lobster roll at a top restaurant out there that is on the water stuffed with huge chunks of lobster on a premium roll complete with sweet potato fries and I paid a little over $12.

    • Dan says:

      Either you’re being disingenuous by describing the quantity of lobster in your roll as being “huge chunks” or that restaurant is losing money by underpricing their menu items, due to the price of lobster alone. In your average lobster roll, there is approximately 4oz. of meat, with an average cost of $3-4 per oz. of meat. Add in the roll, dressing, fries and they’re already in the red. You clearly do not understand the costs involved here, if you think the above sandwich qualifies as “overpriced like crazy.” It’s actually well within standard pricing.

      • Jonathan Wayne says:

        If the owner of the site would like, I would be more than happy to send a photo of the lobster roll where I took it sitting right outside on the dock by the water in Naples. Pretty sure no one needs to operate a restaurant that loses money in Naples, especially on the water. There is a place in Vegas also that serves lobster rolls which is far above the quality of this garbage posted above and is a better value than this and what is sad, cost more than what I paid in Naples.

        Let me guess, you are one of the Subway execs responsible for this failure posted above?

        • TJ says:

          Are you paranoid or something? Anytime anyone disagrees with you on this site you just quickly accuse them of working for the firm in question. I’m not saying that never happens but you have no evidence, you’re not right about everything 100% of the time yourself. Personally I think this is a reasonable-enough review, are you accusing GrubGrade of working for Subway too because they gave it a whopping 6 out of 10 overall? Oh that’s right, I must work for Burger King as clearly evidenced by my subliminal reference to Whoppers and to make things worse the government is vigilantly watching your every move *rolls eyes*

      • MP says:

        You want to know why I don’t eat at Subway? They never have the specific bread I want (once ate roast beef on honey oat,yuck) they’re cheap on the meat, cheese, sauces; cashiers are always looking to up my sub with chips, sodas & side items I don’t want. Face it – this is a turnkey operation & it is done on the cheap to maximize profits. At every Subway I have visited there’s always some issue to deal with: freshness, lack of items, bread, toasting, condiments or tuna & chicken. I can buy a much better quality sub locally or make one at home. Nothing Subway does is unique. I’m not paying $5-$8 for a crummy sandwich that’s laden with sodium. A total gyp.

        • Hunter-m3 says:

          Well, I like Subway a lot cause I can load up on the veggie fillings. Also, I have been to many different Subways throughout the years in several different parts of the country, and I have never experienced any of them being out of types of bread.

  2. rodney says:

    I don’t know, looks good to me, wish we had it here in the states. I still really miss their Seafood Sensation sandwich.

  3. Richard says:

    I asked the subway girl what portion of lobster was served and she said “I dunno tail I guess, prolly why its so expensive. Also, my local subway was pushing the double meat footlong for $23… twenty three dollars!!

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