It was a beautiful Saturday and we had an amazing plan. Cut through Kensington Market, stop for churros and cheesecake, see if the Colombian bakery is still open, all on our way to Rock Lobster.
We got to Wanda’s Pie in the Sky and they were sold out of cheesecake. Part one of our plan, to eat the best cheesecake in the city fell through. Which was not too, too bad given the place was packed (as you would expect on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon, even the patio was full) and we still had a lot of eating ahead of us. Plus I had not planned ahead, I needed to come back to get some wood-fired bagels from Nu Bagel (I plan on making jam soon, and homemade jam on wood-fired bagels is my idea of heaven).
The Colombian bakery, voted best Latin American bakery a few years ago, was indeed closed*. We finally lucked out when Pancho’s was open. Best churros in the city, but I already knew that. Pancho’s Bakery has been my go-to for a couple of years now. They even inject the churros with your choice of sauce. You can’t go wrong with dulce de leche. Brent had the chocolate and it was a messy disaster. It was dripping everywhere, down his sleeves, on his pant leg and I think a drop even got his shoe. In this mess I saw an opportunity, an excuse really. It just so happened that on the way to Rock Lobster we were passing a Tim Horton’s, and we still had plenty of time before Rock Lobster even opened. Why not drop in for an iced capp? Brent needed to wash the chocolate sauce off anyways. Excuses, excuses.
Even still with the pit stop we got to Rock Lobster too early, we wandered around fora bit and still came back right at open. We were the first people in there. Sometimes in eating your way through the best food in the city, you come across food items that are not to your liking. Brent usually takes care of it, ordering salads and giving me one teensy bite, therefore it counts. I tried it. The Caesar was our Everest, we both hate the drink, alas we had to conquer the best Caesar in town. Brent did not order it right away, he left it for last. To start we split a plate of lobster cakes. They were amazing and I really wish I had ordered them as my main, instead of the lobster mac and cheese. Yes it satiated my curiosity. Yes it was tasty. Yes it was full of lobster meat. But the portion was far too big and eventually the cheese became overwhelming (yes there is such a thing as too much cheese). I had a bite of Brent’s lobster roll and it was easily the best I have ever had. I am not usually a huge fan of them, as they are usually dripping with mayo and it gets gross. This lobster roll was perfect. Tons of lobster meat, with just the right amount of mayo.
Then came time for the Caesar. I don’t know why we did not just veto it. We are not covering everything on the best of the city list on BlogTO, we only focus on the food. I really do not feel like going to the best dry cleaner in the city. I had a tiny sip… and I regretted it. I hate tomatoes, I hate clam juice, oh and I hate tomatoes. Brent slowly (somehow!!!) managed to finish it. The saving grace was the giant lobster tail that garnishes it. It’s no empty garnish, there was plenty of lobster meat in that tail. If you like Caesar’s, then yes, Rock Lobster has an amazing one. If you don’t like Caesar’s, as far as I can tell, there is nothing that will ever make you like them. Or at least for me this is true.
* thankfully they have a few other locations