By: Natalie Whittell
18 Howard Road, #01-06, Novelty Bizcentre
There’s a new Cajun-style seafood joint on the block, and it’s a good ’un. The Boiler is a Louisiana seafood boil-style eatery that serves up delicious seafood boiled with Cajun spices and flavours alongside imported craft beers. The restaurant follows the same line as other Cajun seafood restaurants: no cutlery or plates, just waxed tablecloths and plastic bibs, the seafood served in big bags brimming with sauce and eaten solely with your fingers.
A contemporary-industrial interior gives this restaurant a clean, minimalist look that lets the food do the talking, and communal dining benches make this the perfect place to do with a big group or with the kids.
It offers a great selection of imported Louisiana beers and signature beer cocktails such as the Beerita ($11.90). If you’re a beer fan, these cocktails are delicious, refreshing and absolutely worth trying.
Since we were first-timers to The Boiler, the staff recommended we start with a few sides, namely the fish and chips ($12.90), the Southern Chicks and Waffles ($9.90) and the Louisianan mid-wings ($8.90). The wings were our particular favourite; they were crisp and juicy with a tangy marinade that was mouth-wateringly good.
Keen to try all the sauces, we ordered a live Boston lobster ($75) with the garlic butter and two of the Bombdiggity bags ($139, serves four), one with The Works sauce and the other with Peppa’ Butter. The bags are unceremoniously dumped in the middle of the table for all to tuck into; and with no cutlery in sight, this soon becomes dirty but fun work. Of the sauces, The Works was our winner of the night; a tangy, zesty concoction full of Cajun flavour. All the seafood was fresh and marinated perfectly.
This fun, quirky and delicious eatery offers a true taste of the South and is definitely worth a visit, particularly when you have friends or family in town.
Must-try dish: Bombdiggity bag with The Works sauce