This year for Christmas rather than exchanging gifts, my girlfriends and I planned a day in the city to see Potted Potter at the Panasonic Theatre. The show was hilarious and I seriously suggest checking it out if it comes to a theatre near you, whether or not your a Potterhead.
Anyway, onto the food!
The board game cafe that we planned on going to didn’t open until 2 and since the show got out around 1 we decided to look for somewhere else to eat. Walking down Yonge street I recognized The Captain’s Boil sign from some of the typical Top 10 blog posts about Toronto eats. I’d never been before but I’d heard good things so after checking out the menu outside and being urged to go in by a wonderful young woman who had just come out we decided to check it out.
The restaurant looks pretty classy, as one would expect a seafood place to be. I love nautical aesthetic as much as I love seafood so immediately I was in a new happy place. Still, I wasn’t expecting this place to be quite as great as it was.
We were led to a table where we were surprised to find bibs and plastic gloves waiting for us. After a look around at other tables we noticed people didn’t have plates or cutlery. No big deal, we’re Medieval Times veterans (we’ve been over 5 times) eating with our hands is not a problem!
After getting an explanation of the menu from our waitress we decided to order together so we could try as much as possible. When you order you choose your catch (which type of seafood you want), your flavour (cajun, lemon pepper, garlic, or captain’s boil which is all three flavours mixed together), and then you choose your heat. We did all of ours in mild since the waitress warned us that their spices are a little spicier than average.
We ordered a pound of oysters and a pound of shrimp in mild captain’s boil, a full lobster in mild garlic, an order of cajun fries, and a piece of corn on the cob for each of us (they came boiled with the oysters).
We suited up in our bibs and our gloves, ready to see what the adventure would bring.
The shrimp showed up first. We were all a little stunned when she just dropped off the plastic bag full of shrimp in a flavourful boil. They were extremely hot and hard to peel without burning your fingers at first. A smart (and less hungry) group of girls would’ve waited and let them cool down but of course we risked our fingers and tore into them anyway. They were on the larger side, extremely meaty and wonderfully flavourful.
Next came the oysters and the corn on the cob. The corn was honestly a highlight of the whole experience because it had soaked up all the flavour from the captain’s boil and was so juicy! The oysters were large and tasty as well.
At this point my gloved hands were covered in the delicious sauce and taking pictures became impossible, especially after I volunteered to dissect the lobster. To my surprise it was actually really good, one of the better ones I’ve had outside of the east coast but not quite as good as the lobster sandwich you get at Buster’s Cove at the St. Lawrence Market. I am considered the seafood expert amongst my friends because of my East Coast roots, and when I’m pleased with seafood (especially lobster) it’s usually a pretty good sign that the place is solid.
I’m really disappointed I didn’t take a picture of the fries because I swear I will be having dreams about their perfect crispiness for weeks. They had a light cajun dusting on them but we quickly discovered they were best dipped in the remaining captain’s boil sauce.
After the bill was split between the four of us and I tacked on a tip the lunch only cost me around $25 which was a steal for how much we got and the quality of food we were eating. Also, given the way the table looked afterwards, I’d say we enjoyed ourselves.
At the end of the meal we were incredibly stuffed, even though it really didn’t look like that much food. Regardless, it was amazing and if you end up anywhere near this place or one of the other locations I suggest going in!
If you’re from the Toronto area or have just been around before and have any suggestions on where I should try next please leave a suggestion in the comments, I’m always looking for new places to check out!