It’s always rare for my friends and I to decide on having a seafood-based meal, because the word seafood tends to equate to expensive, unless we decide to go to Chomp Chomp or something. I was trying to look for a place to have my 22nd birthday dinner with my sister, and she openly hinted that she wants to head to some where with seafood. But it’s my birthday, also not hers. I complied, and The Boiler occurred to me because it was at Tai Seng, which is near to our homes, and it serves up seafood in a bag, a concept which I’ve been wanting to try since I heard about Crab in Da Bag at East Coast!
The Boiler is located about a 5-minute walk away from Tai Seng MRT, nestled amongst the construction and industrial sites. We thought we were lost while trying to make our way there because it seemed almost impossible to have an eatery in that area. We were actually genuinely surprised when we saw that there were quite a number of people in the restaurant.
The boiler takes on an industrial look, playing with the black and white colors. The place was pretty huge, and one could probably throw a seafood party for a 100 if they wanted to. They even have a little section of children to play, which was a good idea because no one would want to fuss over their kids when they have their hands full of seafood!
Here’s the menu for The Boiler, and their promotional price for their lobster at just $49++! Unfortunately, we didn’t get this because we are really bad (and lazy) at eating such seafood with shells, like lobsters and crabs! When you are here, you definitely have to go for the bags of seafood, because that’s how they roe! Besides, everything just tastes better when you use your hands and that gives you a reason to not use your phone when you’re having dinner! Perfect! We went for the Boiler’s Duo Bag ($49++), which included prawns, mussels, clams, sausages, corn and buns! It doesn’t sound like it’s a lot but these are the kind of seafood we love, and we were very, very wrong to think that they didn’t sound like a lot. We went for some sides as well, because like I said, we thought the seafood was not a lot. We ordered a Southern Chicks & Waffles with Maple Syrup ($9.90++) and Sweet Potato Fries ($6.90++). We would have went for the Lobsicle, however there were reviews online saying that they were pretty unimpressive, and hence we went for the waffles instead!
After we placed our orders, the server came over to provide us with this cute little plastic bib, just to protect our clothes in case of splashing juices from their seafood. They also provide ziplock bags for our phones, real thoughtful huh! While waiting for our starters to be served, my sister gave me my birthday present: a red packet and this huge ass chocolate fudge cake, she bought from one of her friends, which tasted quite bad. Hahaha! Besides the bibs and ziplock cases, we are also provided with lemons to wash our hands with, and to probably hold the plastic spread over our table in place!
Sweet Potato Fries ($6.90++): I thought that the serving was not too bad for its price! Taste wise, it’s rather average, nothing to shout about, but if you’re a fan of sweet potato fries, there’s no harm in getting this to curb those cravings!
Southern Chicks and Waffles ($10.90++): It seems like fried chicken and waffles are the in thing now, and The Boiler serves them in bite sized pieces! We were pleasantly surprised that The Boiler, being a place that specializes in seafood, actually served up really good fried chicken. We were almost fighting for the last piece! The maple syrup that was spread over the dish also went very well with the entire dish! Ah, I’m craving for some fried chicken now!
We had to wait for quite a while before our bag of seafood arrived, which got us really excited!
We chose the sauce, The Works (Medium), as we were huge fans of heat, but I saw reviews online that the Ragin’ Hot level was crazily spicy, and we didn’t want a horrible time in the bathroom the next day. So we stuck with just the Medium heat! Mantous were also provided to go with the sauce. I wish they’ve had given us more though! Here’s how it’s like when the seafood is all poured out. There were a good number of every variety. Definitely enough for sharing for 2! The sauce was sufficiently hot, and pretty yummy! However, if you can’t take much spiciness, it’s recommended that you go for the lower level, or from the other sauces, because this got us panting a little! The seafood was also amazingly fresh and delicious!
We were pretty stuffed after our duo bag, but we really wanted to try the other sauces and thought that 250g worth of mussels were not a lot, and hence we went ahead to get another 250g of mussels, because the additional quantities are only allowed to be ordered in multiples of 250g!
We got 250g of mussels in garlic butter! This was actually quite a lot and I had like 9/10 of this entire bag because the sister couldn’t stomach any more mussels. I would say that the garlic butter was very yummy, and especially with garlic, the sauce was really yummy and fragrant. However, the taste of this sauce stayed with us long after our dinner and even the next day, despite brushing my teeth 5 times, and downing a gallon of water. Too much garlic I guess!
Overall, I was very pleased with my visit to The Boiler! It’s indeed quite a fun experience of using our hands “legitly” to have our seafood, just the way I like it. I usually want to use my hands but I’m afraid of being judged and also getting really dirty after that, but the concept at The Boiler changes everything!
Besides, the prices for the food here were quite value for money! They have definitely changed my impression of seafood being expensive food. The seafood were very fresh and the sauces complemented well! The surprising thing was that their other offerings, which were non-seafood related, were also good! I heard their fish and chips are very good as well, so it’s a worth a try if you’re a fan of that particular dish!
The Boiler would definitely be on the top of my list when I crave for a seafood feast in the future, or when i’m looking for a place for a nice celebration. The ambience, service and food were more than impressive, and I’m glad to be able to celebrate my 22nd birthday dinner there!
How to get there?
18 Howard Road
Taiseng MRT (Exit B)
Sun – Thu: 5:00pm – 10:30pm
Fri – Sat: 5:00pm – 12:00am
Eve of PH: 5:00pm – 12:00am