Okay, so I’m a bit of a seafood freak. Maybe the term “a bit” is an understatement. When my friends and I eat out, they can always predict that whatever I order will be seafood, it’s that bad.
Growing up in Jersey, Channel Islands, seafood to me was like chicken to many people. It was easy to get, affordable to have and always in our fridge. So now that you somewhat understand, I can continue without you judging me, completely.
A few months ago, I was in Toronto for one of my many visits to the familiar and I begged my friend, Leonard, to take me to The Captain’s Boil. To be honest, I had seen one of my friends from J-School post about it and just had to try it. After he scooped me up from the airport, we went on a journey to find it on Yonge Street. Finding it was no issue, finding a spot to sit was the real issue.
The Captain’s Boil had two locations at the time; Yonge Street and York Mills and both places at the time were always jam-packed. Since then, they’ve added several locations but please don’t be surprised when you have to order and take out like we did.
To eat at the Captain’s Boil, one must have a plastic bib and gloves – this should be a sign of how messy it gets and the food is served in plastic bags. There is no cutlery or plates, just the table, the seafood and space for a group of friends. The menu is a seafood lover DREAM.
First, you choose your catch (Crawfish, Lobster, Dungeness Crab, Shrimp, King Crab Legs, Snow Crab Legs, Clams, Mussels and/or Chicken Slices). Then, you choose your flavor (Cajun Cajun, Lemon Pepper, Garlic Sauce or Captains Boil – a mix of all three flavors). Lastly, you choose your heat (Mild, Medium, Spicy or Fire).
For my meal, I chose Oysters, Clams and King Crab Legs with Mild Garlic Sauce. I’m not sure what Leonard got but I’m sure he enjoyed it. I expected the smallest portions of seafood but what I got exceeded my expectations, the portions were large and I’m sure it was more than the two pounds I had ordered. I was devouring seafood for what felt like all night and it was absolutely delicious.
Captain’s Boil is amazing and if you’re looking for a restaurant to get down and dirty with your mate, this is it. But make reservations or you’ll end up eating at home with a buddy.