Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Fishman Lobster Clubhouse Restaurant (Toronto)

My trip to Toronto late in the summer coincided with a visit from some relatives from overseas, and one night we all went out to Fishman Lobster Clubhouse Restaurant in the suburbs of Toronto, right on the border between Scarborough and Markham. Known for its giant lobsters and king crab, it hadn't dawned on me just how much of a buzz Fishman had generated until I witnessed the line to the restaurant going far out the door on this rainy Wednesday evening—and this was before Andrew Zimmern declared Fishman "the best Hong Kong-style seafood restaurant in North America." (Do check out Zimmern's article—especially the photo of the giant lobster tower!)

The restaurant space is large and its walls are lined with giant aquariums that housed the live giant lobsters, giant king crabs, and giant fish. All dishes are served family-style, of course. We had a lobster tower of our own, though not quite as giant as the one in Zimmern's photo. The lobster was served with tiny, crunchy fried fish. We also had a king crab that was served two different ways—in a fried rice and steamed with egg whites and salted eggs. Each guest is given a pair of disposable plastic gloves so we can annihilate our crustacean feed with a tiny bit of civility. We topped our feast off with a steamed bass and a chicken dish. In all, our meal that was meant for 3-4 people came to about $50 per person for our group of seven, and we took home tons of leftovers and with very satisfied bellies.

Best Hong Kong-style seafood restaurant in North America indeed.

Lobster Tower at Fishman (Toronto)
Lobster tower

Lobster at Fishman (Toronto)

Crunchy fish served with Lobster at Fishman (Toronto)
Tiny fish served with lobster

King Crab at Fishman (Toronto)
King Crab

Steamed Crab Meat with Egg White and Salted Egg at Fishman (Toronto)
Steamed crab with egg whites and salty egg

Crab Fried Rice at Fishman (Toronto)
Crab fried rice

Steamed Bass at Fishman (Toronto)
Steamed bass

Chicken at Fishman (Toronto)

Restaurant info:
Fishman Lobster Clubhouse Restaurant
680 Silver Star Boulevard, Toronto, ON M1V 4S5
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