The Captain’s Boil was not something I had been familiar with up until a couple of weeks ago. After further digging, I soon learned that it is a restaurant franchise specializing in “from sea to table.”
“Well, why not,” I said when offered the opportunity to feast like a pirate. Combining fresh seafood with Asian-inspired spice blends that can range from mild to “ahoy there me matey” is the Captain’s specialty. The flavour palette consists of cajun, garlic sauce, lemon pepper or the Captain’s special blend of all three. Each step of the process is carefully laid out; choose your catch, your flavour preference, then your heat. Anything below medium is just not an option for me. Sides are also available and range from spicy french fries to corn on the cob; which can be boiled up in the bag with your seafood or served on its own.
From the Sea to the Captain’s Boil
It was difficult to choose just one catch. Try indulging in their locally sourced lobster and crab, or a New Zealand feed of mussels. When in season they also offer crawfish, shrimp, clams, and even chicken slices for the non crustacean in your life. My recommendation would be to take a crew of friends to try them all.
The fresh seafood is infused with their signature flavours then boiled up in a biodegradable BPA free-FDA approved plastic bag. Weird right? Well, ya, sort of but oh what fun! After suiting up in my fancy bib and plastic gloves my friends and I were ready to dive in.
By the time we were done it really did look like we stuck our faces in the bags. What a glorious mess. We rolled our corn around in the sauce from the shrimp. We cracked and cut through crab and lobster shells to feast on the delicate offerings inside. There were piles upon piles of napkins all over the table.
A Dining Experience
Dining at The Captain’s Boil made me feel like a two year old enjoying my first meal of pasta with red sauce. Everything was everywhere! Think about it for a second. Utensils are all fine and dandy but when you push them to the side what you arrive at is an organic connection to self.
That visceral experience of peeling away the shrimp’s tail or pulling out the muscle from a hard shell evokes something inside. It allows the customer to experience their food. It becomes a more mindful culinary adventure. After all, food came long before the fork.
The big question that was posed around the table as we slurped, shucked and devoured was “Would The Captain’s Boil be a good first date restaurant?”
At first one would think no way-too messy. But in the end we all agreed ‘why the heck not!’ The Captain’s Boil is a sure fire way to get down and dirty. If your date respects you when all is done, then you will have a keeper. The Captain’s owner, Grace agreed with us. She shared a story about chef Bin, better known as her husband, “He always help me crack open the lobster. It is more fun that way,” she went on, “we love seafood and Halifax has many seafood restaurant options, but there isn’t one as unique as this.”
I happen to agree with Grace.
The Captain’s Boil is located at 5680 Spring Garden Road. It has seating available up to 145 people which includes a private dining room that can accommodate 25 patrons. They also have a patio overlooking Spring Garden Road. Call 902 407 5999 for more information or visit their website.