The Boiler: A Louisiana Seafood Bar with a Singaporean Twist
It was a moment of bliss that I hoped for, but alas the hype was short lived and reality: the food was a 7.5/10.
Recently being invited to the recently opened branch of the Singaporean Louisiana style seafood restaurant, I had great expectations coming from having had a few Southern crawfish boils myself.
I knew all the seasonings and sauces that go into the careful preparation of Louisiana style seafood. After all, my favourite dish is Louisiana Gumbo, but I digress.
I was ushered into the fabulous dining area, which despite not having the traditionally rustic charm of Louisiana, was quite posh and rather endearing.
Greeted by friendly waiters who gave me the 5 star treatment that is the pinnacle of the Singaporean service industry, I was promptly ushered to my reserved table and had my order taken.
The staff were polite and co-operative, even letting me pester them for water refills. I wouldn’t recommend that, as the I am as firm believer in the age old adage “Never argue with the waiter if you’d like your food edible”.
However, to gauge, the service commitment of the staff, I may have bothered them a few too many times with seemingly innocuous yet equally annoying requests.
The Verdict on service? 10 out of 10. The waiters were responsive, attentive and apologised profusely for delays and inconveniences.
I began ordering what hearsay informed me was the highest rated items on the menu.
My Meal for the night was the following…
the Sriracha Chilli Cheese Fries – A little disappointing, if not overzealous menu item.
the Specialty Seafood Boil with Seasonal Crab, Prawns, Mussels, Clams, Smoked Sausage, Pearl Sweet Corn and some Buns – an “interesting” choice of sauces
A glass of their house wine Wild Waves Sauvignon Blanc – because I don’t live like a savage, drinking red wine with seafood.
I sat down to a sumptuous feast that was visually stunning and had all the makings of a real seafood boil.
However, as I did, I tasted a unique flavour combination that was odd, and yet very fascinating. I expected the combination of cumin and butter to shine through, but I was met with what I assume to be a local condiment sauce.
I enjoyed it very much. Though I expected some authentic takes on the Louisiana seafood boil, the local flavours were very fascinating.
Just not fascinating enough for full marks. It is a boil after all. You can hardly expect the same refinement as a canard la orange.
On the naughtier side, I may have had a few too many glasses of their sauvignon blanc because there is no such as self indulgent behaviour when you’re in an experimental mood.
My recommendation: if you’re looking for a rustic-esque dining experience, is an upscale restaurant with a great ambience, this is definitely a place to visit.
Is this place first date worthy?
If your date doesn’t mind getting a little down and dirty with their food and enjoys the occasional messy meal, then this is a great place to take them.
Just remember to get a reservation. Have a look at their dinner and drinks menu, and prep your wallet for the price points. It’s not cheap, but it’s well worth the experience.
You can’t miss them if you visit the esplanade Mall.
The Boiler @ Esplanade Mall
8 Raffles Ave, #01-13A Esplanade Mall, Singapore 039802
(next to taxi drop offpoint)
Closed on Monday lunch
Tuesday to Sunday: 12pm – 2.30pm (last order 2.15pm)
Sunday to Tuesday: 5.30pm – 11 pm (last order 9.45pm)
Friday to Saturday: 5.30pm – 12am (Last Ordering 10.45pm)
Reservation Contact: +65 6909 3435 Ordering
online: https://theboiler.oddle.me/ (delivery/site pick)