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What to do in PEI #7 : Avoid the food at Fisherman’s Wharf Lobster Supper

I’ll start this post out with the following

I did not have the lobster supper at Fisherman’s Wharf in North Rustico

This now being said, after having 3 lobster suppers at New Glasgow Lobster Supper (all being good or better), Ireally wanted to try the lobster supper at Fisherman’s Wharf for the change and to start comparing all the lobster suppers in PEI.

This was actually our second visit to Fisherman’s Wharf. Our first attempt was aborted after seeing a line 50 people deep on a long weekend Sunday. The feedback was that D* and friends didn’t want to even bother trying the place again, however I wanted to try Fisherman’s Wharf for completeness sake and to see what the 60ft salad bar looked like.

On today’s second visit, the ladies decided that they didn’t want the Lobster Supper, so we decided on the Lobster lunch. It started nicely with lovely biscuits and fresh baked rolls … the rolls were quite decent but not as good as the New Glasgow freshly baked greatness.

After the rolls and biscuits, it was pretty much all downhill from there … we ordered the following

  • Lobster wrap with potato salad and coleslaw
  • Seafood chowder
  • Chicken Caesar Salad wrap with fries
  • Fish and chips
The lobster wrap was awful … the cole slaw was a mess of overdressed “stuff” and the potato salad speaks for itself.
The chicken wrap was fine … nothing to write home about, but nothing spectacularly bad.
The fish was lightly battered (good) … but tasted like a formerly frozen, thawed, off piece of sole or haddock … it didn’t matter. I sent it back!
Even my Canon 7D recognized this meal as utter dogshit and refused to calibrate the nonsense of stale fish.
The “tartar” sauce was florescent green. On asking the waitress about the colour .. she said it was the result of the Hulk taking a shit in it. Ok .. she actually said it was because they used a lot of relish in making the sauce. Go figure!

The irony of this meal is that on the Fisherman’s Wharf website, they actually take a shot at New Glasgow Lobster Supper ….

Don’t settle for a lobster plate with a little scoop of potato salad and coleslaw, when you can have a Lobster Supper!

They have a large salad bar …but based on the lunch that they served us, I have ZERO confidence that it would be good.

You’ll notice that I didn’t put any pictures of the Seafood Chowder. That’s because it wasn’t really a chowder but rather some unreasonable facsimile of a watery concoction. Here’s some of the TripAdvisor comments

  • I ordered a seafood chowder and it was like a bowl of smelly jelly….the smell was terrible and there was no milk or cream to be seen. I was really disgusted and embarrassed to see such a simple item unable to be executed, especially on an Island that boasts seafood.
  • Like any other buffet, poor quality huge quantity, lobsters are stale and not good. I have had better lobsters in other parts of PEI and Nova Scotia. Would never waste money at this place.
  • I was blown away by the salad bar- not by how good it was, but by how many if the items on it came from a package, were made off site. I could buy half of it at a grocery store, or maybe more. Same with the desserts.
  • Go to a church supper like St. Ann’s, a place like the Water a Prince Corner Shop in Charlottetown, or buy some lobster, and get some fresh rolls, butter & make some potato salad.
    The only homemade item I could identify was the rolls. They were good.
    The chowder was ok, I bet it was made with a powdered mix.
    Oh, and pick up some mussels with that lobster.
    Really, just a tacky, overblown tourist trap.

In the end, I was supremely glad that we didn’t pay for the Fisherman’s Wharf Lobster Supper, since it truly is an overblown tourist trap. I didn’t think our service was poor though and when I complained about my Fish, the waitress immediately removed it from my bill. This was the only positive in our meal … so do yourself a service when picking a lobster dinner … Avoid the Fisherman’s Wharf Lobster Supper in North Rustico. You could also head over to the New Glasgow Lobster Supper for something authentic and not completely devoid of character and catering to Japanese and Chinese bus tours.

About Rishiray

Rishi Sankar is a Cloud HRMS Project Manager/ Solution Architect. Over the past 15+ years, he has managed to combine his overwhelming wanderlust with a desire to stay employed, resulting in continuing stints with 3 major consulting firms (IBM, Deloitte, Accenture). He documents his adventures around the world on "Ah Trini Travelogue" with pictures and stories from the road/tuk-tuk/camel/rickshaw. You can follow him on Twitter at @rishiray and on Facebook at "Ah Trini Travelogue . He doesn't like Chicken Curry but loves Curry Chicken and is always trying to find the perfect Trinidadian roti on the road. He also doesn't like cheese and kittens ... and definitely not together. E-mail from his blog is appreciated like a 35 yr old Balvenie at [email protected]

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