The Boiler brings Southern American-inspired seafood to Singapore’s Paya Lebar, but with a location in the Novelty Bizcentre at Howard Road, right by Tai Seng MRT station, foodies in Geylang, Hougang and Toa Payoh are just a short trek away. The Boiler’s fresh live seafood, ribs, and burger selection is the result of the food epiphany of a Singaporean banker. Returning to Singapore from LA in 2008, his tastebuds awoken to the possibilities of Cajun cooking, he resolved to bring the flavours of the Louisianian seafood boil to his home city. Though separated by a continent and an ocean, the cuisines are surprisingly compatible – fresh seafood simply prepared in a down-home style with a distinct kick.
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What comes to mind when you think of Louisiana cuisine? Soul. Creole. Cajun. Seafood and spices. It somehow makes sense, then, to find The Boiler serving up Southern-US soul food – or what the Cajun call seafood boil – in Singapore, a culture whose cuisine is strongly defined by seafood and spice. The Boiler can be found at Singapore’s Novelty Bizcentre along Howard Road, and is the passion project of a former banker whose tastebuds could not forget the moment they met Southern American-style cooking in LA. Returning to Singapore, he experimented with backyard crab-cookups, getting feedback from friends and family and to grips with the balance of flavours and ingredients typical of the style, and vowed to bring the taste of the South to south-east Asia.
The result is a colourful menu, enjoyed in surrounds reflecting a subdued, chic Americana. Crab features heavily, often served with a shoal of fresh seafoods in what’s known down south as a bombdiggity bag plus The Boiler’s signature The Works sauce. Taking hold of one of these delicious, rustic swags, it feels like you scored a clutch of briny morsels straight from the Mississippi riverside. The Boiler’s chefs create monthly specials featuring unique and limited-time-only flavours, and there’s also plenty of tex-mex style ribs, burgers and salads for the landlubbers. When you drop into The Boiler at the Novelty Bizcentre along Howard Road, don’t forget to wash it all down with an icy-cold bottle of imported Abita Louisiana craft beer. As The Boiler says, That’s how we roe!
Fourth time here and this place still fascinates me 😊 I'm glad they still have the free lobster birthday deal so my friends and I really had a good time celebrating one of their birthday. Food is awesome as usual. Will be back!
We got a table at the extension area, which was quiet and cosy. The staff was helpful and attended to our request rather quickly though it was away from the main dining area. The restaurant was also thoughtful to provide plastic covers for phone, bibs or whatever you call that haha, and gloves. Overall good experience!
Awesome food and value for money will be back again
Nice atmosphere & good for gathering. Would definitely return for more.
The Boiler is sneaky little find in a really unlikely part of town - just off MacPhearson. The food is unlikely too - a traditional Louisiana Seafood Boil in the Singapore Heartlands. The staff are friendly and fun. They are more than happy to help you through the menu if it is your first time. The 'Boil' is the thing to have, but there is an ala carte menu as well. The generous bag full of seafood is just bursting with flavor. It's a seriously busy place and probably not the best choice for an intimate night out. It's kid friendly and a reservation is critical. Prices are reasonable and we will definitely be back.
This is my third visit to The Boiler. The Bombdiggity Bag is awesome with medium the works sauce. It is my birthday month, I have a free boston lobster with garlic butter sauce. The Dungeness crab is delicious that we ordered 1 more crab with the same sauce. I love the Lychee Beerjito. So refreshing. Overall the staffs are friendly and attentive. My family had a wonderful dinner at The Boiler.
We've been to cajun kings, and dancing crab. This time round, I ordered their signature bag with the crab @ $145 with a medium spicy sauce. The prawns were fantastic. The right freshness and texture. Well done. The mussels and clams were average and so was the corn. I could do without the sausages. How bout some squid? The crab was fine. Pretty much what you can get at the other 'crab diners'. The servers were polite and prompt but appeared tired and worn out. In comparison, the other 2 diners had chirpy staff who were more attentive. The unexpected 'find' of this place was the music. A medley of slow tunes, rock, new and old... but whoever did the music selection - well done! It worked. I was more impressed with the music selection than the food. Not sure if that is a good thing but my take on this place - go try it sometime and decide if it's for you. The music and the prawns were my favorite.
I had the fish and chips, baby back ribs, and chicken and waffles! Fish was crisp, light, and definitely not over fried as some I've had. Ribs' sauce was really good and not too cloyingly sweet - finger licking good! It was my first time having chicken and waffles and I was pleasantly surprised by the taste. It was a little small but it's a starter so it's expected! I had the lava cake for dessert, and it was baked and had just the right balance of sweetness. The service here is really excellent, and I'm definitely coming back for the dinner menu (Cajun prawns and buttered lobsters, please!)!
Great environment for a crab and lobster feast. We arrived way earlier than our reserved time but were shown to our seats without a complain. Service was good and quick and we waited only 10 mins for the food to arrive. We ordered a lobster, a crab, some fries and a cob of corn. The lobster was fresh and juicy - tasted great. The crab was heavenly. The meat was tender and fresh, the shells were easily removed and I must say that it is the best crab experience I had. Double thumbs up! The only thing that I think could be done better would be to sit couples who wanted some quiet time away from the big groups who are noisy to the max.
The Boiler gave me and my significant other a refreshing experience while dining in the most unusual yet unique way, without utensils. What's a plus point would be that it's away from the busy city and it's located in the most unique location, within industrial area. Overall, very good experience.