Friday, 31 August 2012

Red Lobster (Endless Shrimp)

It's that time of year again...Endless Shrimp @ Red Lobster! :D
We did a little research before attempting our Endless Shrimp Fest and according to other reviews, the Scarborough location is the best in Toronto in terms of food and service. 
All you can eat Shrimp for $18.99!

And of course, they have the complimentary biscuits:
Buttermilk Cheese Biscuits - yummy!
It has a nice and crispy texture outside and when you bite into it, you get the soft warm buttery dough. They're so good! (and you can get refills of their biscuits too - probably not a good idea when you're doing endless shrimp though)

Caesar Salad (also complimentary)
The Caesar salad dressing was sweet which was different than the Caesar salad dressing I usually eat (Renee's). It was a decent caesar salad - lettuce was crisp, garlic croutons were good and all the cheese on top made it awesome. 

Red Lobster serves 5 different shrimp options for the Endless Shrimp: 
1) Baked Garlic Shrimp and Cheese
2) Hand Breaded Shrimp
3) Garlic Shrimp
4) Shrimp Linguini Alfredo
5) Teriyaki Grilled Shrimp on Rice

How it works: You order two options first (and a side) 
After that, you can order whatever else you want (one order at a time)
Side note: Basically to get your money's worth, the Shrimp Trio is $21.99 on the regular menu - so if you eat  more than three dishes of shrimp then you're good.
My Combination: Baked garlic shrimp and cheese and hand breaded shrimp with mashed potatoes
The baked garlic shrimp was just garlic shrimp and cheese on top - nothing as glamorous as the baked garlic shrimp and cheese in the promo video for Endless Shrimp. 
The hand breaded shrimp were plentiful, but I wasn't a fan of the shrimp cocktail sauce. The garlic mashed potatoes were great though!

Another Combination: garlic shrimp and teriyaki shrimp with broccoli
The garlic shrimp was swimming in a dish of garlic butter: oh so delicious but oh so unhealthy. Seriously indulgent probably with some serious artery clogging effects - luckily I don't do this often (like the CNE).
The teriyaki shrimp was probably the healthiest item on the Endless shrimp menu since it wasn't deep fried or soaked in butter or heavy cream. It was pretty good too! (The rice was minute rice though - but I'm really all about the shrimp)

Another combination: Garlic shrimp and the shrimp linguini alfredo
I love their shrimp linguini alfredo - it's SO GOOD! Since they use this super heavy and creamy sauce which fills you up fast, I decided to order it as my last dish.

After finishing my main dish, I ordered the teriyaki shrimp (since it was good and it's not as super filling as the other types of shrimp). Then I ordered the shrimp linguini alfredo (since I couldn't eat anymore) and I ended up taking the alfredo home (and eating it as lunch the next day). 

Overall: If you're a seafood (and garlic butter) lover, this is the ultimate shrimp indulgence since there's so many ways you can try the shrimp and you get such a large portion each time. Caution to healthy eaters: The food has a lot of butter and cream, so it is super heavy and you may feel extremely drowsy & sleepy afterwards. The Red Lobster had fast service and our waiter was really attentive and knew when to ask us if we were ready to order more shrimp. The wait for a table was long since the turnover was slow (probably because everyone kept ordering as much as they could eat off the menu and were taking their time enjoying their meals), so much so that I still saw people lining up at 10:00pm to get a table. 

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