A Good Old Fashioned Seafood Boil

With a plastic bib and clear plastic gloves, I dug into a Louisiana Creole inspired, Cajun style seafood boil. This is the relatively new trend in Toronto where a bunch of seafood is boiled in a tasty broth of your choice and is brought out to your table. No plates. No utensils. Just good old fashioned hands on fun. Some places dump the food directly onto your table, but this place served our food in baggies.

Based on the recommendation of the waiter, we chose the house special broth. It was a mélange of lemon pepper, Cajun spices and garlic butter and it was a deliciously aromatic combination. You could also choose your level of spice – regular, mild, medium or crazy hot. Cajun spices already have a kick to it, so we stuck with mild. It’s unfortunate, but they ran out of crawfish and the lobster and crab were a bit too steep for us, so we only got shrimp, clams and mussels.

What we didn’t do was add extras into each bag, like corn, sausage, chicken, potatoes, zucchini, etc. – the fillers. Instead, we just got a side of garlic bread, fried chicken wings, sweet potato fries and raw oysters.

If you have never had the pleasure of experiencing a seafood boil, I highly recommend it for the amusing experience and tasty food. It’s not often that you get to eat soley with your hands in a whirlwind of messy good fun. 🙂


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