Vv Magazine’s Amanda Phuong gets up close and personal with the new seafood joint that recently opened up in Toronto’s Little Italy, The Captain’s Boil. Prepare to dig in and get messy!
Tucked inside a row of Italian restaurants and residential buildings is Little Italy’s latest import, The Captain’s Boil. And while seafood boil joints are popping all over the city, the franchise is without a doubt the OG that kickstarted the Toronto trend that has diners eating shellfish straight from a bag.
Deviating from the standard design, The Captain’s Boil on College takes the sea to heart, with exposed frames hanging above diners resembling the hull of a ship and patterned blue coverings that line the booths. The bar is fully licensed, serving up bevvies like Belgian Moon, Brickworks Cider, and Rufino Lumina Pinot Grigio to name a few. The drinks are sure to wash down easy when their patio opens for the summer.
Perfect for large parties and family-style eating, the menu allows diners to select their protein from a menu that includes items like crawfish (market price), lobster (market price), king crab legs ($36.95/pound), mussels ($10.95/pound), and shrimp ($12.95/pound), plus additional cost fixings like corn, okra, sausage, potatoes and lotus root. Tossed in a plastic bag with the diner’s choice of seasoning: cajun, lemon pepper, garlic or Captain’s Boil (a mix of all three); and level of heat: mild, medium, spicy or fire, the bag is then boiled and served steaming hot, ready to be dumped on the plastic lined table. For those prone to messes – and with bags of seafood, there’s sure to be at least one – tables come equipped with a paper towel roll, bibs and gloves for carefree shelling.
For smaller stomachs or for those who hate sharing, dishes like the sizzling plate combo ($10.95), which comes with fish or chicken teriyaki and a variety of boil favourites, is sure to please. Not to mention, the Little Italy location serves it up at lunch for only $8.95, making it the picture perfect culprit to your post-meal food coma.
Other notable offerings include freshly shucked oysters (market price), crispy cajun fries ($4.95), cajun seafood rice ($10.95), and the fried shrimp basket ($12.95).
The Captain’s Boil Little Italy is open at 671 College St, Sunday to Thursday from 11am to 11pm and Friday to Saturday from 11am to 12am.
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