From grilled kofta in Egypt to rice wraps in China, McDonald’s regional delicacies have always had a curiously loyal following (remember the McRib?). In Canada, one of the specialties is the McLobster, which is essentially a lobster roll that’s been available as a summertime special at McDonald’s restaurants in the maritimes for more than a decade now. For the sandwich, Atlantic lobster meat (claw included) from New Brunswick supplier High Liner Foods Inc. is tossed with celery, green onions, shredded lettuce, and, according to the packaging, “a light mayonnaise-style sauce with a hint of lemon” in a hot dog bun.
From now until Aug. 23 (or when the lobster runs out) they’re available in Ontario—including Toronto—for $6.79, or $8.99 as a combo (not including tax). For curious Torontonians, the official word is that they’re only available at “participating restaurants” but a spokesperson told us that most locations in the GTA should have them.
We picked up a few at the Yonge and Adelaide location for The Grid staff. Here are our tasting notes:
“Surprisingly good. I would have preferred a different bun.”—Katie Gallagher, Sponsorship and Events Manager
“That big piece of claw meat looked so delicious but all I could taste was celery. Honourable mention: the bun.”—Kayla Podlak, Retail Account Manager
“Actually very fresh for a McDonald’s item. The celery and green onion created great texture and flavour similar to what you would expect from a lobster roll being served off a local food truck. The bun and, most importantly, the lobster tasted fresh. The only thing I would say is it could use more seasoning.”—Jamie Harju, Sales Manager
“Just like Grandpa Ronald used to make back home in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia! Salty and chewy, with that distinct McDonald’s lettuce taste. It was terrible then and it’s terrible now, only way more expensive (it used to be $4.99 back home).” —Cassi Burrell, Publishing and Promotions Coordinator/Pescetarian/Nova Scotia native