On our third day in Halifax, after visiting the Citadel and the Public Gardens, Phil and I hoped on the car and drove to Hubbards, located about 45 minutes away from Halifax.
Why go there? Because we wanted to have a lobster dinner elsewhere than in one of those tourists traps downtown and also because according to reviews online it seemed like the place to try if you are in the area. If you are on an actual road trip it seems the south-west of Nova Scotia is where the best lobster at, but we lacked time and means.
The Shore Club is known for a few things : their lobster supper menu, which includes all you can eat steamed mussels and salad bar, and the fact that the place becomes a dance hall on Saturday nights with a live band playing.
So we got there on a Thursday evening. The lovely staff took our order. We each went for a medium lobster supper, which is 1.25 lbs for 37.95$. Of course we were given wet napkins, plastic bibs with the drawing of a lobster on them, and there was a full roll of paper towel on the table.
The steamed mussels were simply done, fresh, and delicious. Our waitress placed a bowl between us so we could discard the shells in it. There was still some sand most of them but it didn't bother us much.
Our lobsters came on long transparent plates with a side of melted butter.
Simply steamed, they looked gorgeous. The claws and the body had been cracked beforehand by the staff but we still used the usual lobster tools provided. Good, fresh lobster is delicious as is and doesn't need additional seasoning. We dipped the delicious meat into the melted butter and managed not to make too much of a mess of ourselves.
The salad bar was, honestly, somewhat disappointing. Though the selection was wide I found some of fresh ingredients weren't that fresh and some of the recipes reminded me too much of the salads aunts and grandmothers bring to a pic nick : too simple and too much dressing. Still, if you are a fan of family style salads, that may actually suit your taste buds. Of course the idea of the Shore Club is to have a family style supper with no pretension at all, but compared to salad bars I have seen elsewhere it just couldn't meet my expectations.
Once we were finished with our lobsters, our lovely waitress asked us what we wanted for dessert. The choices that night were brownie with vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup, lemon layered cake, and a blueberry cake drowned in a berry reduction.
Phil went for the brownie while I went for the lemon cake.
Of course these tasted like diabetes. They were honestly way too sweet to our liking but they also tasted the way any grandmother who loves her grandchildren a little too much would make them. They tasted fresh from the day, moist, but because of the amount of sugar in them we had to wash everything down with two cups of black coffee each.
So how was the whole experience? It could be better. Considering the fact that the mussels and salad bar were all-you-can-eat, the price was fair. However, the salads could be of better quality. The desserts could be less sweet. I don't think the selection needs to be fancier because it wouldn't fit with the familial style of the place. But overall we had a very pleasant time, the staff was lovely, and even the location was fine, considering that you kind of want some peace, quiet, and space for your family. Honestly, it was sort of like the equivalent of a sugar shack in Quebec ... but with lobster instead of maple syrup.
And so that's it! We went back to the motel and crashed because we knew we had a long way back home waiting for us the day after.