Crab and shrimp boils or a more generic label, “seafood boil” is a Louisiana Cajun tradition and you can find them here. You can prepare these boils yourself at home, or you don’t like cooking, just eating or don’t like to clean up, just pay them a visit.
One difference The Boiler has to other similar restaurants is their location. They are located at the Tai Seng Industrial Estate. No, it’s not that ‘ulu’, it’s just a short walk from the Tai Seng MRT. One thing about being in an industrial building is the high ceilings! Coming in here just gives you a nice airy feeling of space, something that many other restaurants in Singapore can only wish for.
This visit was an invited session and the things featured here are what most of us thought is good or interesting.
If you just coming for drinks, they have some crafted beer here plus a selection of Louisiana Crafted Beers as well. You can take a look at what they have here.
If you want something different, try their Beerita ($11.90). It is a glass filled with Margarita and a bottle of upside down Corona that flows out of the bottle into the glass as you sip your drink.
If you want something non alcoholic drinks, The Boiler’s Lime-Mint Freeze ($5.90) is quite addictive and you will probably need 2 because you will finish them very quickly. I like this drink.
It’s a place where you can safely wear your whites because they provide transparent bibs, or it’s more like an apron because it’s so big to protect your clothing. I laughed at their wordings because they sure are as corny as me on Instagram. LOL
While waiting for your mains, dig in to some starters. We had some Fish and Chips for starters. The fish are are crisp outside and moist not oily inside. I forgot to ask what fish it was, but they have done it pretty well here considering because it’s in an industrial building, they have limitations in what they can do in their kitchen.
If you order this, I recommend that you save some of the chips, so that you can dip it with the sauces of the seafood.
Another starter we had is an absolutely sinful dish. Southern Fried Chicken with Waffles! Crispy chicken with crispy waffles that had maple syrup on it.
Nothing healthy at all, but everything so addictive.
This is also a place where it’s a very communal kind of place. You share the food and you eat right off the table. They lined the table with fresh clean grease proof paper, so don’t worry. The food’s poured on the table and you dig in!
They way to order the mains are simple:
1) You can pick your seafood, either Live Dungeness Crab, Live Brown Crab, Live Boston Lobster (all seasonal), or if you are on a tighter budget more of the Prawns, Mussels or Clams.
2) Choose your sauce: The Works, Garlic Butter or Peppa’ Butter.
Oh hi! Handsome Boston Lobster! This guy was having a sauna and has been drenched in Peppa’ Butter sauce. Their sauces had been formulated to have quite some uumph. If you like it a little peppery, try the Peppa’ Butter sauce.
The lobster are $75 per piece, when we had this earlier in September, they were having an offer of only $49 per piece, if you went followed me on Instagram, you would have seen it. Hope those of you who saw it went and got to enjoy the deal!
If you like garlic, the garlic butter sauce might be your choice. It’s not too difficult to whack the flesh out of the lobster shell. Get a few friends to go along and you can order a few to taste it all and share too. Looks good doesn’t it? The lobster above.
If you are here with 3-4 friends, you can order The Boiler’s Bombdiggity Bag ($139).
We were looking out for the guy with the big bag. A few went to other diners and when he finally walked over, we were ready with our phones!
Let me warn you, keep your mobile phones when you are ready to eat, your hands will get really yummy with the sauces and you don’t want to be tempted to hold your phone!
What you get in The Boiler’s Bombdiggity Bag: Dungeness/brown crab, prawns, mussels, clams, sausages, corn and bun. (The bun doesn’t get served in the bag, it comes separately)
We were eating in quite a big group, so we had 2 The Boiler’s Bombdiggity Bags. The sauce for this bag was “The Works”, they have different heat levels for “The Works”. I prefer the mid level spice because it’s more balanced to me.
I also recommend that you leave the food in the bag when it’s served because it keeps the food warm longer and it’s easier to scoop up the sauce using the clam shells.
Well, if you wanna take photos of your food, then by all means, spread it on the table! It’s easier to pick your food this way too if you have a bigger group. It’s really up to you. This was the garlic butter sauce. Having tasted all their sauces, my personal preference for the night was the mid level The Works sauce.
They have a more different style of food lunch menu, it’s a more burger, sandwiches, ribs kind of place in the afternoon. I want to try out the ribs, as I am a ribs person.
Thanks to The Boiler folks for the invitation to try out the place.
18 Howard Road,
#01-06, Novelty Bizcentre
Tel: +65 6635 1285