On a recent trip to Maine, our group stayed in Waterville, Maine for the first evening. We found ourselves, all twenty three of us, dining at a restaurant called The Lobster Trap. My only expectation was that lobster would be available, so there was a lot of room for flexibility here.
Overall impression, it was one dark restaurant in regards to ambiance. Dim lighting may even be an understatement. Wooden chairs and tables covered with the thick plastic/cotton table covers, white walls with a few nautical photos here and there. It wasn’t anything special in decor by any means, simple arrangements of napkin wrapped silverware and salt/pepper shakers on the table. I don’t want to say a hole in the wall, but it skimmed that line closely.
For dinner, I had a hard time narrowing down my selection. I knew I wanted seafood, but I found myself drooling over everything in the plastic covered menu. When I asked the server for her selection out of a few options, she directed me to a medley. A medley of of shrimp, lobster, haddock and scallops baked together in a buttery sauce. There was more haddock than anything else, which didn’t surprise me by any means, only left me subtly disappointed. The haddock was overcooked leaving it tough and lacking flavor. The shrimp was lackluster, overcooked as well while taking on a subtle flavor of the white wine which they were cooked in. The lobster was portioned in large chunks so it wasn’t hidden, and had a subtly sweet flavor when it wasn’t being masked by the buttery breadcrumbs layered (not sprinkled) on the dish. My favorite were the scallops as they had good flavor, with and without the breadcrumbs. The wine and butter didn’t overshadow the sweetness of the shellfish. Overall the dish was good with individual bites, but when eaten with the breadcrumbs the dish had a thick butter taste to it with crispy texture.
I also had a baked potato and smashed butternut squash on the side. Both were not seasoned at all, on purpose, so you could jazz them up anyway you liked. I have mixed feelings about this. I appreciated dressing the baked potato, but there wasn’t much you could do with the squash besides butter. I would have liked some cinnamon or something mixed into it.
Though I didn’t try any of the whole lobster, I had to show this photo of two of the women with us. The reason I’m showing you is that the price for these bad boys was only $13.99. That is what happens in Maine – cheap lobster!
The service was fine – nothing extraordinary but efficient. The food did take a little bit, but we were a group of 23 so that was to be expected. The food was hot though, so any delay did not cause the food to be disrupted. I could see many of the locals enjoying dinner there for a casual atmosphere, though it wasn’t very busy for a Friday night. Which is probably good, because our dinner may have been delayed a bit more.
The Lobster Trap * 21 Bay Street *Winslow, ME * 207.872.0529