Water Prince Corner Shop
141 Water Street
Continuing our trek eastbound, we crossed the Confederation bridge from New Brunswick to Prince Edward Island (FYI: it is free to get onto the island, but you pay for the ’round-trip’ when leaving). As we headed to Charlottetown, we lost count of how many signs we saw advertising lobster, so we figured it was about time that we focus on finding somewhere to feast on one of these sea critters.
Almost every lobster experience of mine has been with hot lobster (boiled/steamed/bbq), so for a change of pace, I was on a hunt for chilled lobster. Our destination this afternoon was the Water Prince Corner Shop, located in Old Charlottetown.
Part store, and part restaurant, but all amazing seafood. We started with a cup of the Water Prince’s Homemade Seafood Chowder and biscuit. This was the most flavourful bowl of chowder that I’ve had in a very long time. Perfectly seasoned, beautifully creamy, packed with a variety of seafood, and all of the ingredients still identifiable (including bits of lobster).
Moving to the Deluxe Seafood Platter, it comprised of half a chilled lobster, Northumberland Scallops – lightly breaded and fried, and a heaping pile of Island Blue Mussels. The mussels were juicy, tender and were best when the shell still contained a little bit of the cooking liquid, the fried thin breading on the scallop added a perfect texture to the plump scallop (as if it were perfectly seared). Last but definitely not least – was the lobster. I cannot describe how amazingly sweet this lobster tasted. Good to the last leg.
In an attempt to compare hot vs. cold, we also ordered a 1.5lb Boiled Atlantic Lobster. This lobster was served with a heaping pile of mussels, and a high-fashion plastic bib. There really was no need for the nut-cracker, as they already did a great job of splitting both the body and claws for you. Does life get any better than this?
When we finally picked out the last morsel of meat – my vote went to towards the chilled lobster (as the sweetness seemed much more prominent), where my wife preferred the hot lobster.
As we’re tied for votes – I’m curious what your preference is on this topic?