To our pleasant surprise, what greeted us was indeed another hipster joint, but prettier! Everything that is displayed there looks instagram-ready and worthy. Its no wonder this was one of the filming sites for Mediacorp’s 118.
From the big lampshades and pendant lamps hanging from the upper storey to the vintage items, furnitures, plants and displays all round, everything seems so eclectic yet oddly harmonious. And we’re happy just to be surrounded and busk in the warm ambience all of this created. Once the orders were taken, everyone started picking the best spots and items for that essential wefie and selfies!;) It’s a perfect hang out place for friends, an afternoon delight or simply bring your favourite book, order yourself a cuppa and R&R!
The caramel macchiato was a hit with the buddies. But so was the osmanthus tea, with a tinge of osmanthus and the floral aroma that lingers in your throat as you sip!
Other Must-Try: The Greentea Lava cake – So good it was finished before I could take a pic.
Apart from our loved ones, having close friends celebrate one’s birthday is one of life’s most treasured event. Every year, our group of seven, celebrate each others’ birthday with much aplomb in terms of a good meal. Yes, this means we get to dine and celebrate once almost every month! The birthday girl gets to select the meal and venue and will return the treat with coffee and dessert. Most of us have been friends since our secondary school days and still counting! Cesebon!
This year, I decided to celebrate mine at The Boiler last month, as it met both my requirements – nearby and seafood. I was also quite sold after reading the review by Clara (explodingbelly). And here’s what I discovered:
Ambience – indeed a hipster outlet set amidst an industrial site. Bright, spacious, their chic black and white industrial themed interior blends in well with the area. It was also nice that for a Saturday afternoon, it was not too crowded. The last thing you need when having a celebration is another rowdy group celebrating?!;) Not that we are rowdy..!;)
Location: if you follow directions from explodingbelly and take exit B from Tai Seng MRT, you will find yourself in the middle of nowhere. Because it is nestled amongst the different buildings with no distinct landmark, one wrong turn and you can easily end up on a different road/path, even though it is only 5 mins from Tai Seng MRT. Better to have their number handy. (I was ‘found’ by my friends!;) Perhaps they are counting on repeat customers but for first-timers, good directional signage helps!
Now, the most important part: The Food
Here’s what we ordered:
This is good for starters. The chicken wing is well done, crunchy on the outside, yet moist and tender on the inside. Everything is yummilicious with the dipping sauce!
We didn’t go for the lobster or crab since we wanted a few mains to share. This bag of seafood was as reviewed – fresh and delicious! Especially the mussels and prawn. But the surprise was the sausage – salty, meaty, yum. This Boiler’s Duo Bag ($49++) got some of us getting some Beer early in the day just for the pairing! Cesebon!
They now have a selection of three types of sauces but its hard to go wrong with garlic butter so we went for the safe bet.
The portion may be alot for two persons but as one of the main course for a group, I wish it could’ve been a bigger bag tbh. Perhaps they go by weight and not no. of heads.
This Fish n Chips was disappointing! Too dry, too much batter. They need to get the proportion of the batter and fish right.
We also ordered a spicy Pasta dish which was greasy and too spicy for some of my friends.
Cesebon says: Not as good as reviewed. Inconsistent food quality. Still, at prices one-third of what you’ll be charged at East Coast and/Jumbo, this is a good option for seafood lovers or even that occasional craving, in a relaxing, cozy setting, right in the neighborhood!
Overall it was a good dinning experience and celebration, with the ambience, friendly staff service and novelty of it all. As one of us said, “the last time we ate with a bib was when we were a baby?!”
After all that’d happened, the women of the family finally sat down together to have a meal. It was good enough for the daughters but not the mum. She was disappointed this is not the ‘original one’. Nonetheless, thankful for a trip down memory lane and the get-together. #notjustaboutdinner