Seafood Boil Dinner at The Captain’s Boil!

hand holding mussel in seafood boil

The Captain’s Boil is located at 5315 Yonge St. in Toronto.
(647) 348-7808

This is apparently the very first seafood boil in Toronto!  It is called The Captain’s Boil and just opened this past Friday on November 6, 2015 in North York, Toronto!  (Usually, I publish posts sequentially, but due to this newest hot spot in Toronto, this blog post is jumping ahead of my back-log!).

Thanks to my friend Patricia who helped us make reservations for this seafood boil restaurant and for Ai for noticing it, we were able to score a 8-person table at Toronto’s newest seafood restaurant.  Boy, was I excited!  This restaurant features seafood that is made a la boil — a typical way of dining on seafood in the states and incorporates a lot of Southern tastes and flavours.  What happens is that the boiled seafood is shelled right at the table by hungry hands and when everyone is done, all you have to do is take the brown paper table covering and wrap everything up to throw away.  Easy, fun, delicious, and amazing!

The Captain’s Boil website is currently still under construction (as seen here) and so unfortunately, you can’t see what their menu is like.  I took pictures for you guys!  Once their website becomes live, what I just wrote will not apply anymore, so just keep that in mind!

Captain's Boil dinner menu

The Captain’s Boil menu

Essentially, you choose the catch (crawfish, lobster, dungeness crab, king crab legs, mussels shrimp, or clams).  Then you choose what kind of flavour you want the seafood in (Cajun Cajun, Lemon Pepper, Garlic Sauce, or Captain’s Boil — mixture of all three flavours), followed by the four level of Heat: Non Spicy, Mild, Medium, or Fire (I heard this one is really, really hot!).  Then the servers will bring out your catch in the desired flavour and heat level in a plastic bag and off to town you go on eating it with your hands.  No utensils or plates are given!  You can wear the disposable plastic gloves that are given if you don’t like to have messy fingers (however, the seafood sometimes punctures through the gloves regardless, so you will still have to wash your hands!).

Captain's Boil storefront at night

Located on Yonge Street between Finch and North York Subway stations

Our reservations were for 6:30 p.m. at this North York location on 5315 Yonge Street on a Sunday night.  I simply parked my car at Finch Subway Station and walked 10 minutes to this restaurant — it was a nice walk on a cool autumn night.  Otherwise, you can park on the street closer to the restaurant as well.  I liked the modern design of the restaurant logo that shone brightly in the autumn night.

There weren’t too many people here yet at 6:30 p.m., but some tables already had empty seafood shells piling high and customers eating happily.

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sailor-themed plastic bibs

Plastic bibs with different sailor designs!

Upon sitting at the table, there were plastic bibs covering the table for each person.  It was really cute because each plastic bib was a different design of a “captain/sailor” theme.  The table was covered with a piece of large brown paper and there were two rolls of paper towels and plastic disposable gloves as well.

Since we were an 8-people party, we decided on ordering per four people so that it would make the sharing a lot easier.  Half of the table ordered their own share and the other half ordered their own share to share.  It was simple that way.  Even our male server serving us that night asked us ahead of time how the bills would be split — separate or as a group — and we told him that we were going to order per four people in the group.

On our side of the table, we ordered one lobster (Garlic Sauce, mild heat), one pound of mussels (Cajun Cajun, mild heat), one pound of shrimp (Captain’s Boil, mild heat), four corn cobs, and two baskets of Cajun fries to share.

one pound of shrimp in Captain's Boil in mild heat

Seafood bag #1 plopped on our table!

Before long, the bags of seafood were dropped on our table.  The first bag was the one pound of shrimp in Captain’s Boil in mild heat.  The bag was really hot and you have to be really careful when you are getting the shrimp out of the bag!  The Captain’s Boil sauce was pretty good and I loved that the shrimp was so fresh and easy to shell.  It was delicious to dip the shrimp into the bag for more flavour.

Captain's Boil & Mild Heat Shrimp

Shrimp. $11.95/lb
Captain’s Boil & Mild Heat

mussels in Cajun Cajun sauce

Seafood bag #2!

Secondly, the mussels in Cajun Cajun sauce arrived; also in mild heat.  I absolutely adored the Cajun Cajun sauce and the mussels were huge and so well boiled!  Sometimes, I am afraid that seafood is overcooked at restaurants and it turns the mussels into really rough and chewy, but they cooked it perfectly here.  The Cajun Cajun sauce was amazing!

mussels in Cajun Cajun and mild heat sauce

Mussels. $9.95/lb
Cajun Cajun & Mild Heat

three seafood boil bags

Ready to dig in!

The corn cobs were also perfectly steamed.  They were fresh, sweet, and such a nice balance to the savory seafood.  We had the corn cobs arrive separately in its own bag so they weren’t savory, but I believe you can also request for your corn cobs to be added into the mix of a seafood bag so that it can soak up the sauce if you like.

seafood boil

Super hot to the touch!

Cajun Fries

Cajun Fries. $3.95

When the baskets of Cajun fries arrived, I found it peculiar that the server placed one basket of Cajun fries on our side of the table and the second basket of Cajun fries on the other side of the table.  We already told him that we were going to order for our side of the table only, so why would he give one basket of fries to the other side of the table when they clearly didn’t order any fries?  It didn’t make any sense.

The Cajun fries came in a basket with ketchup.  It was actually very good; very crispy and crunchy while soft in the middle and slightly spicy with a Cajun kick.  Marvin devoured one basket of fries SO quickly.

 Lobster in Garlic Sauce & Mild Heat

Lobster. $28.95 each
Garlic Sauce & Mild Heat

We were all awaiting eagerly for the lobster in Garlic Sauce!  We had ordered one lobster to share among the four of us, so it was actually a little hard to share the lobster equally.  My advice is that if you are ordering the lobster, you share it among two people instead.  It was nice that the lobster was already pre-cracked in some areas so you could tear it apart easily.  The lobster meat was so juicy and fresh!  There were also a lot of garlic in the sauce which made it super delicious.  The garlic was a little spicy too! 😀

Lobster in garlic sauce boil

That Garlic Sauce was delicious! The butter too. #nom

King Crab Legs seafood boil

King Crab Legs. $34.95/lb
Lemon Pepper & Mild Heat

After this, we were not full yet so we ordered another round of mussels done in Cajun Cajun again and also for a pound of King Crab Legs done in Lemon Pepper.  I already really liked the Lemon Pepper sauce instead!  It was delicious and the King Crab Legs were gigantic!  It reminded me of when I had them in Hong Kong.  Each king crab leg was so meaty and thick.  The Lemon Pepper flavour was slightly lemony with a small kick of pepper.  It was so unique and I’ve never had seafood seasoned like this before. 😀

using hands to open seafood in bag

This was a bit difficult to pry apart; you needed the tools to help!

The second round of mussels in Cajun Cajun were interestingly more spicy than the first round even though we also asked them to be done in mild heat.  Nevertheless, it was still just as soft and tender as the first bag; not chewy at all!

mussels in seafood boil bag

Second round of Cajun Cajun mussels in mild heat

hand holding mussel in seafood boil

Such a large mussel!

seafood boil aftermath

What our table looked like at the end :’D

Overall, I was very impressed with the quality of the seafood here.  They don’t have crawfish yet (they said they will ship into the restaurant later this week), but you can choose from lobster, mussels, clams, (I would love to try that next time), shrimp, dungeness crab, and king crab legs.  It’s a wonderful selection of seafood and it’s so cool to be eating them out of a plastic bag for a boil.  I adored how the seafood was boiled perfectly so that everything tasted so good and fresh.  It reminded me a little bit about how Chinese restaurants cook the seafood so perfectly each time.  Well done!

Group selfie to commemorate the night!

Group shot, aka what our table looked like at the end of the night!

birthday cake

It was Ai’s birthday, so the restaurant was kind enough to help us serve these on paper plates with plastic utensils — the only kind of cutlerly offered to guests of the whole night

My only little problem of the night was with the service/server.  The second round of mussels look a little longer to be served and we had to ask about it; I think they forgot the order.  When we requested for our bills, the server had the audacity to ask us if the bill was going to be split eight ways.  What the heck?  We already informed him at the beginning that we were going to order per four people at the table.  Why the heck would you split the bill in eight ways if the two halves of the table ordered different things?  It didn’t make any sense to me.  I know that the restaurant just opened and that I should give them some slack for the service, but it was a little nonsensical to me that the server didn’t know how to separate the bill for us knowing that both ends of the table didn’t order the same things.  Why would our half of the table want to pay for some things that we didn’t eat and vice versa? :S  (Also, I don’t think our side of the table received the little container with lime that the other side of the table got; what the heck…).

The Captain's Boil restaurant

This place was bustling! There was a line-up by the time we left too!

Other than that, I’d love to return again to try the crawfish and clams as well as their other side orders like fried chicken, sausage, and more.  This is truly a very unique seafood joint!

I think The Captain’s Boil is going to be very popular in the upcoming months.  They actually have a second location opening soon (as per their website at least).  Share your thoughts about this restaurant in the comments below if you have visited already! 🙂

inside of The Captain's Boil restaurant

Call early to book a reservation! They have a few tables downstairs too.

Also, if you go now, you can receive a nice 10% discount off all their items as part of their soft opening special; until November 30, 2015 only!  Take advantage! :p

The Captain’s Boil Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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21 Responses to Seafood Boil Dinner at The Captain’s Boil!

  1. Ai says:

    Hi Karen,

    I think I need to clarify something here. It was another server who placed the fries on our table, not the one who took our order. The server just assumed the fries was order one for each table. I did point it out that we didn’t order the fries, but Lee said he was going to pay for it. I think the server who dropped off the fries went to speak to the one who took the order and he returned to confirm that it was you guys who placed two orders of fries and some of you guys said it was okay.

    • stenoodie says:

      Ah, I see what had happened. Thanks for clarifying that, Ai! Better communication between the servers (and us) needed (but we didn’t want to be rude and be like “Hey, those fries are ours!”).

  2. andy1076 says:

    It’s too bad about the crayfish, hope they serve it soon since the method of cooking has a bit of new Orleans origin to it 🙂 everything looks so good though!

  3. Anonymous says:

    A thorough review but really a bit of an overreaction on your part when it came to your reaction to the server asking whether you’d like the bill split eight ways – perhaps it wasn’t entirely clear to him as you were a group dining together after all. It’s actually nice that they would even be willing to split the bill between each person in your group as many restaurants refuse to do so.

    • stenoodie says:

      Yeah, looking back on it, it might seem like an exaggeration to an outsider, but at the time, this was what I felt. I like to record my immediate responses to an experience at a restaurant that I have if possible. That’s why I keep this blog.

      The server was the one whom we informed of our decision to split the ordering at the table between two halves, so he should have realized we would be paying like that as well. A lot more restaurants in Toronto allow split bills now. I appreciate it a lot! 🙂

      Thanks for reading and for leaving your opinion!

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  5. T says:

    Well written !!! I enjoy reading it and trying to visualized the experience. Will plan to go there soon .. this month. 🙂

  6. Christian says:

    Awesome review! Can I ask how you made the reservations? I’ve been trying to contact them through Yelp and through phone (which doesn’t appear to be hooked up) and haven’t been successful.

    • stenoodie says:

      Thanks for the comment! My friend made the reservation by calling the restaurant. Maybe you can try the number they have on their website (in case the one on Yelp has a typo).

  7. Lee says:

    Boiling food in a plastic bag? You may try it, but It is all about your decision and your health.
    Please Check it out before you try!
    http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/safe-heat-food-in-plastic?page=8
    http://www.livestrong.com/article/176349-what-are-the-dangers-of-boiling-food-in-plastic-bags/

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  9. Conor says:

    I was shocked and dismayed at the amount of plastic. Hot food in plastic bags is just plain dangerous for your health. Looking around at the other tables and the amount of waste as they rolled up all that plastic… I’m not an environmentalist but I was blown away. My group couldn’t believe it, our experience was tainted because of this

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  11. Shay says:

    The customer service received from the manager Wanda and the owner Ellen was TERRIBLE!!!!

    We placed a takeout order and when we got home we were not able to eat anything because there was barely any sauce in the bag. Everything was DRY!

    When I spoke with the manager Wanda she was very rude. She said that the food couldn’t be dry because it’s in a sauce. She took my number and advised that she’ll have the owner call me.

    When Ellen (the owner) called me she was just as rude if not worse. She kept repeating that they are not a retail store so you can’t return food after it was purchased. Ellen kept trying to explain that the food couldn’t be dry because it comes in a sauce. She told me that I spilled the sauce out of the bag. Nothing spilled in the bag because there was barely any sauce on the food to keep it moist much less spill out of the bag. She said that maybe I shouldn’ve picked a different sauce. We both had the captains boil sauce the signature sauce. Then she told me to bring the food back for inspection and maybe she might give me a store credit.

    My issue with the whole situation is that no one ever said sorry for the dry food. I wasn’t trying to get a store credit or a free meal. I simply called to let them know about the food we bought that was not edible. We didn’t spill the sauce out of the bag. No one had enough common sense or decency to just apologize for the bag experience.

    I will never go back there. I have told all of my friends, family and colleagues not to go to there as well. I don’t normally write negative reviews but the service received was HORRIBLE!!!!!!

    • stenoodie says:

      Sorry to hear about your bad experience, Shay. And thanks for sharing. Did you take a photo of the dry takeout order as proof? I suggest you share your experience on other restaurant review sites like Zomato, Yelp, and Tripadvisor too.

  12. Xiaoling says:

    Thank you for the review, excited to try this restaurant that opened recently in Halifax! Lots of seafood here but nothing similar before this. You sound like maybe a harsh customer, your server placed your basket of fries on the wrong part of the table, just let them know, it is easy to make small mistake. I have served for while and canadians do not assume how you want your bills split and it is not rude for them to ask for clarify, it is what they are used to. If a server forgets something small like lime to your table just Ask, they are only a human and they want you to enjoy dining experience! Just keep it in mind ☺ they want you to eat and return happy!

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