Restaurant Review: The Captain’s Boil

Are you a seafood lover or an adventurous person who enjoys trying out new experiences?! If so, prepare yourself ‘cause Ottawa is welcoming a new seafood joint known as The Captain’s Boil. It’s a seafood boil chain-restaurant that has already opened locations in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and now Ottawa and promises to become your favourite seafood restaurant while having you feast like a pirate and dine like a captain.

The Captain’s Boil

The Captain’s Boil is located on 354 Elgin St., right at the corner of Frank and Elgin. It’s a two-level restaurant, but we were restricted to the floor-level given it was a soft opening event. As soon as you’re seated, you’ll notice a subtle sea theme throughout the restaurant. The theme is present with pops of blue, a wooden wall engraved with sea creatures, wooden accents and thick twisted ropes reminiscent of boat lines. Necessary tools such as plastic bibs and plastic gloves (instead of cutlery) will be provided to eat with because pirates didn’t use cutlery Arrr!! They also provide crab crackers and scissors when ordering crab legs.

A waiter who quickly explained how the menu works and what was available given some seafood items are seasonal took our order. The seafood boil is the main feature and consists of selecting your choice of seafood, then selecting the flavour mix, followed by choosing the heat level. The choice of seafood available was baby clams, mussels, king crab legs and shrimp however they also have crawfish, Dungeness crab, and Snow crab legs on their menu.

The seafood is boiled or steamed and then thoroughly mixed with a flavour of your choice in a plastic bag. There are 4 flavours to choose from including Cajun, Lemon Pepper, Garlic Sauce and Captain’s Boil, which is a combination of the three flavours. There are many side options to choose from such as potatoes, corn, okra, lotus root, Cajun fries, and seafood fried rice to name a few. They are also several chicken options available for those who may not want seafood.

The Food

We ordered mussels and king crab legs with the Captain’s Boil flavour, as well as Cajun seafood fried rice and Cajun fries. The mussels arrived quickly, steaming and tasted fresh and plump. The Captain’s Boil flavour was delightful and complemented the freshness of the mussels and king crab legs really well. The Cajun Seafood Fried Rice, although tasty, should be renamed Cajun Shrimp Fried Rice because it only consisted of shrimp and no other seafood. The Cajun fries were spicy and crispy but be careful if you don’t like spicy food.

Mussels with Captain’s Boil Flavour Mix
Mussels with Captain’s Boil Flavour Mix

The Cajun Seafood Fried Rice, although tasty, should be renamed Cajun Shrimp Fried Rice because it only consisted of shrimp and no other seafood. The Cajun fries were spicy and crispy but be careful if you don’t like spicy food.

Cajun Seafood Fried Rice
Cajun Fries

Final Take

I liked the interactive experience of this restaurant, where you’re using your hands (covered in gloves) to eat, open the seafood shells, and scoop out extra sauce.

I enjoyed the interactive experience of this restaurant where you’re using your hands (covered in gloves) to eat, open the seafood shells, and scoop out extra sauce. It gets you really involved with your food even though it could get messy. After all, it is saucy seafood served in a plastic bag. I’m happy to know that the plastic they use is BPA free and biodegradable. I’ve always wanted to try a southern seafood boil à la New Orleans, although I have yet to do it I am glad Ottawa has welcomed The Captain Boil, which gave me an idea of what it could be like.

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