The menu is verbal, only 3 items, all price-fixed at $22. I’m going to get them written down because I’m like what? Having just opened (when I went) they may have since changed this idea… I hope so. 4 large tanks hold 2000 pounds of lobster flown in fresh from the Canadian East coast.
“lbs. has been a work-in-progress for four years and our vision was an accessible high end dining and bar experience in Toronto – something the city hasn’t seen before,” said Jonathan Gonsenhauser, Co-Founder, lbs. “Like our menu offering, the entire restaurant’s approach is honest and straightforward, offering a meal and bar experience that is fun, engaging and lighthearted in a beautifully customized and stylish environment.”
Cocktails are first! Here they are fun to choose from: bittersweet & boozy, mellow & botanical, fruity floral and fresh or heritage. And of course I must choose boozy first – always my favorite.”You’re Not My Type” is very boozy, grey goose, beefeater gin, lilet Blanc and sweet Elder flower liqueur. My sister chose the bubbly, fruit forward “Love Potion” Absolut vodka , cherry heering, lime cordial – a perfect refresher.
My mom loves the botanical so her choice is the Pico Alto, Pasco Fino sherry, green tea, cucumber and lime; nostalgic memories of Peru!
Now the food, one of each! Gonsenhauser and Tomlinson founded lbs. to provide the freshest lobster at an affordable price, challenge the restaurant industry and create a new standard. “How many times do you look at a lobster menu only to be turned away by ‘Market Price’,” said Gonsenhauser. “We founded lbs. to create a different type of restaurant – we provide the best and freshest quality lobster at a fraction of the price – ocean to table. Our motto is do a few things, really well – hence our four item menu.” Well, Mom tells me the 1.25 lbs. lobster is fantastic. Flawlessly moist and flaky-soft, however I wish the butter was a little warmer. Had to ask for another. The fries are superb and the salad is slightly acidic but balances the dish.
I’m very, very controlling when it comes to my burgers. But I need to let got sometimes. I’m glad I did. A Fred’s bread brioche bun, topped with five-year-old Ottawa cheddar and double-cut bacon rasher made the hormone, antibiotic-free 6 oz. Ontario beef burger complete. My advice, always be adventures when dining because now I have a new burger to share with my friends and impress!
My sister thought her salad was tasty; however the dressing is a little too much, soggs downs the salad. But it’s not really a salad, more of a slaw. Not really a large salad but it hits the spot.
lbs. has it all under one roof: a state-of-the art bar, intimate lounge, premium take-out window and an indoor patio within the atrium of the Scotia Plaza, so come and check it out!