Mississauga is becoming a hot spot for some good eats! L.A. Boil recently opened their first Mississauga location a few weeks ago and I decided to take a visit to the city’s first-ever seafood boil restuarant!
I went with my mom this time and it was my first time at a seafood boil resto. She’s been before but her last experience was in the States during a recent vacation. This was a convenient lunch destination for the both of us since we work close by.
Location: 2661 Dundas St. West, Unit 1, Mississauga ON
Price Range (Out of 5): $$$$½
If you’re not familiar with it, a seafood boil is usually a southern American way of eating seafood mainly comprised of shellfish. It’s become a lot more popular and more restaurants in Canada are slowly starting to bring this tradition right to us.
If you’re a newbie (like myself) then it’s best that you should be prepared to get your hands dirty! Instead of regular cutlery and plates, you’re handed a bib, gloves, a seafood cracker and a bucket for the shells.
The menu is a la carte and instead of a paper menu, you’re given an iPad with all of the orders. If you’ve been to All-You-Can-Eat sushi restos, L.A. Boil provides a similar menu look.
The staff were very friendly and provided some much-needed help when we were looking at stuff to order. The build-you-own menu is priced by the pound. The first step includes picking your seafood of choice: a variety of crab legs, lobster, mussels, clams, etc.. Second, you choose your flavour: Cajun, lemon pepper, garlic butter, curry and the L.A. Boil (a mix of the first three flavours). Last but not least, you can choose your spice level which starts with the non-spicy and goes all the way to crazy fire. There’s also an option “3.1” step which involves choosing mushrooms, sausages, corn, potato and more as your side dish.
My mom and I wanted decided to order the seafood combo, calamari, white rice and snow crab legs with garlic butter sauce and corn.
Once we got all of our food…it was time to finally dive in! Expect to get a little messy with and dealing with a lot of cracking, ripping and pulling. Each bag is soaked in the flavoured butter sauce and packs a lot of flavour in each shellfish.
The calamari we had to start was really good and I forgot to ask what dipping sauce they used for it but I was a fan.
The snow crab leg was huge and meaty. We thought one serving of rice was enough for the both of us but when you start eating it with the seafood, you’d be surprised how quick you can finish the serving. Plus, we’re Filipino…so rice goes with EVERYTHING.
The restaurant also offered an all-you-can-eat salad table for about $3.99/plate but the options were basic with little variety.
L.A. Boil wasn’t too bad for my first seafood boil experience. I expected the mess and was pretty satisfied with the quality of their seafood. It’s pretty pricey compared to other seafood boil restos in the GTA so this is a place that is good for that once-in-a-while splurge when you really want to treat yourself.
Because of it’s Grand Opening, L.A. Boil is offering 10% off all food items in this location from now until September 30th, 2016. So if you’re really curious to give it a shot, I highly recommend going soon.
Have you been to L.A. Boil or a similar seafood boil restaurant in the area that you want to suggest? Let me know in the comments!
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