Had a very good lobster roll at The Hourly Oyster in Harvard Square today. I’d had a nerve wracking morning and was going to have a long work afternoon, and had exactly 40 minutes in between. Exactly enough time for a lobster roll and a glass of muscadet. The lobster roll at THO is of the mayonnaisy Maine variety – not my favorite – but it was the best of that class I think I’ve had – significant chunks of lobster, dressed lightly. When I bit into it and bits fell out – hey, I was in a rush – they were lobster bits, not globs of dressing. But, the most memorable aspect was the texture of the lobster – perfectly tender, without even the slightest hint of rubberiness. And, as you all know, lobster can quickly go from raw to rubber. I don’t remember being so struck by the quality of the lobster meat (in a roll) even at Neptune – but then, I may have so blissfully buttered there that I might not have noticed anything else. Speaking of butter, the briochy roll at THO was very lightly toasted – the best degree of toasting for a lobster roll – and from it wafted lovely buttery smells as I raised the roll in the general direction of my mouth/nose.
The roll came with fries – they were very good on their own, crisp and greaseless, and I ate 7, but I was really there for the main event. The roll cost $28 – about par price these days for a lobster roll – and possibly inexpensive when you consider the +fries. To compare, the price for a lobster roll + fries at Captain Marsden’s Cod Squad truck last year was $18, and an extra $10 for lobster that’s 50% greater in mass and 250% better in quality seems worth it – at least as an occasional treat.