The Captain’s Boil – Richmond

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I’ve been back in Vancouver for a month now but haven’t had a chance to blog about the new restaurants I have tried! Let’s take a brief detour from my Japan trip and take a look at what’s happening in BC!

My mom told me about this restaurant that had opened up in Union Square which have very long line ups. We decided to check it out on Monday night. Without making reservations, we showed up at 6:15 p.m. and the restaurant was already 80% full. The server gave us a table but requested that we have to give it back by 7:30 p.m.

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Ambiance – 7/10. They have completely refurnished the restaurant from its previous look which was a Chinese restaurant. I like the new decor as it is much more trendy and Western-looking. They also have a large bar table near the entrance and had loud music playing in the background. I like the wood carving of seafood on the wall. The restaurant actually looks a little out of place in a Chinese mall surrounded by Asian restaurants.

They provide you with a plastic bib and gloves so you don’t get yourself dirty while plunging in  on the seafood. To add to the “disposable” theme, they provide you with paper towels, plastic table cover, plastic cups and utensils.

Food – 7/10. There are a few selection of fresh seafood that you can order by pound (i.e no half pounds). Then, you can choose the type of sauce and the level of spiciness. We ordered the garlic bread as an appetizer. This was just so so.

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We also ordered the teriyaki chicken sizzling hot plate. If you order this before 4 p.m., it comes with 2 prawns, 2 mussels and 2 clams which is a much better deal for $10.95. The style is similar to Pepper Lunch but I found the chicken too bland.

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For seafood, we ordered a pound of mussels, a pound of shrimp and two pounds of clams. In hindsight, we should have ordered two pounds of mussels/shrimp instead of clams as there will be more substance to eat. Also, the clams all fell out of their shells so we had to pick them up to eat from the bottom of the bag. As such, it is hard to say if we actually got a full pound of clam meat. The seafood was fresh and quantity was exactly as we ordered (for the shrimp and mussels).

The seafood was served in plastic bags with the sauce mixed in. We ordered the garlic sauce and the taste was very strong, so strong that I still had the taste of garlic on my breath the next morning…

We paid about $70 for three people which is reasonable for seafood but do not expect to be very full.

Service – 8/10. The server came by quickly to take our order. Our food was also delivered quite quickly. Not bad overall.

Good to Know! – As the restaurant is new, there’s still a lot of hype about it. If you want to try, I would recommend making a reservation. Credit card is accepted here.

Overall –  This restaurant is similar to Crawfish King on Alexandra Road which is now closed. Hopefully the restaurant is able to escape the same fate!

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