Review: Atlantic McLobster from McDonald’s Canada
McDonald’s Canada has been running a “Great Canadian Taste Adventure” promotion claiming to offer five fast food takes on regional cuisine over the course of June. Unfortunately I haven’t jumped into this until right near the end, and as a result two of the three sandwiches offered are already unavailable. Not much I can do about that, so let’s try the final member of the sandwich trio, the Atlantic McLobster.
McDonalds describes the Atlantic McLobster like this:
Tap your ties to the sound of the fiddle and embrace the salty sea air of the east coast. The Atlantic McLobster brings the spirit of the coast to you with succulent pieces of 100% Atlantic Lobster in a soft buttery roll, made the east coast way.
Sounds kind of scary, doesn’t it? Lobster and McDonalds aren’t two things you often think of together. I’m a huge fan of lobster, so I was already expecting to be dissapointed by whatever “lobster” McDonalds was cheaping out on. The packaging looks good enough, a small box holding the whole thing upright. It’s a generic box, but it does the trick for keeping the sandwich intact during travel. Then I open it up…
Wow. Props to you, McDonalds. I think this might be one of the closest-to-promo sandwiches I’ve ever gotten from you. I can see toasting on the edges of the bun, the lobster looks like real chunks, and the lettuce… well, it’s shredded iceburg and it doesn’t look like it came out of the dumpster. But how does it taste? Pretty darn good, actually. The lobster is without a doubt real, tasty lobster. It was a little watery, as they probably keep it in a water-filled bin in the back, but it definitely tasted good. I could have done with a bit more of it, though. The bun was a soft, toasted roll, sort of like a hot dog bun, and it held the ingredients together really well. What I initially assumed was just iceberg lettuce was actually a mix of lettuce and bits of celery. It tasted surprisingly fresh, and the celery added a bunch of crunch and flavor to the sandwich. Finally, a thin coat of lemon mayonnaise on the bun provided a sour kick to round out the McLobster. Unlike pretty much everything at McDonalds, they didn’t go overkill on the mayonnaise, and it was just enough to keep everything together, add some zippy flavor, but not overwhelm any of the ingredients. Now, I’m a westerner, and this is the first time I’ve actually had a lobster roll, so I can’t say how it would compare to a “real” east cost one, but nothing here stood out as bad, or even mediocre. I was very pleased with this overall. The problem in this case is really that this is a VERY pricy sandwich, clocking in at $10.19 CDN before taxes for the combo! This is higher than a Double Big Mac combo by almost a dollar, and this sandwich is nowhere near as filling. I’d love to recommend the sandwich more and I understand that it’s probably very pricy to get lobster shipped out west and into stores everywhere, but the price is really edging into fast casual territory. Give it a try for the novelty if you can still find it in stores, and are willing to drop the extra dough.
Pros: Real, tasty lobster. Great bun. Perfect amount of tasty mayo. Fresh, tasty greenery.
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.00/10
Price: $10.19 CDN for the combo
Overall GrubGrade: 7.50/10
More Info: mcdonalds.ca
Calories - 320
Fat - 11 grams
Saturated Fat - 2.5 grams
Cholesterol - 80 milligrams
Sodium - 930 milligrams
Carbs - 40 grams
Fiber - 1 gram
Sugar - 7 grams
Protein - 15 grams