Address: 179 Enterprise Blvd , Unit M-109, Markham, ON
When I visited: March 2017, dinner, 4 people
Rating: 4, $$
Good Catch Boil House is a Louisiana-inspired seafood restaurant that is also a sports bar with huge TV screens, 18 craft beers from local Ontario breweries and many fried foods options like chicken wings, fried soft shell crab, and fried oysters. Seafood lovers will be happy with many seafood options on their menu including a lobster roll, a seafood boil (the kind you eat with plastic gloves), and a large selection of fresh oysters. Make sure to say hello to the world oyster shucking champion and Chef Patrick McMurray if you see him behind the oyster bar. He collaborated with Good Catch Boil as a consultant to run their oyster program.
The seafood boil menu is similar to Captain’s Boil and L.A Boil where customers choose their seafood, followed by the sauce and the heat level, with similar price points. Their sauces include cajun, Szechuan, curry, garlic butter, lemon pepper, and a good catch blend. My relatives own a Captain’s Boil on College St., so initially I felt a little guilty visiting another boil bar. After my visit, I felt that each of the restaurants had their own positive points with different menu options.
During my first visit, I ordered a variety of dishes to get a good feel for the menu. I was impressed with how quickly our food came out (all dishes arrived within 10 minutes), and the taste of the dishes. There were a few improvement areas with more details in the description below.
What we ordered:
Clams in a butter and garlic sauce with corn ($12.95 per pound + $1 for each cob of corn). The clams were huge and plump, and the garlic butter sauce was not overly salty.
Fried wings (6 pieces with Cajun fries $6.95)- A great deal for the mega sized wings.
Oyster sliders ($13.95)-Definitely the highlight of my meal with meaty oysters and fried onion strings. A great sharing plate!
Good Catch Slaw ($18.95)- Um, what does Chef Susur Lee think about this? It looks a lot like his famous Singapore slaw! The Good Catch slaw had 17 ingredients had a great combination of crunch, height and fresh ingredients, with a light beet dressing. The only ingredient I felt did not go well with the salad were the dried figs as the texture was too chewy and overly sweet for the salad. I am hoping the restaurant will replace it with fresh figs when they are in season. The salad was much needed to balance all the fried food we ordered.
Lobster Roll ($22.95. Option of hot lobster with butter, or a cold version with mayo)-I appreciated the large chunky pieces in this hot version, rather than having the meat shredded, but it was overcooked and chewy.
The nautical themed sports bar is an excellent option in Markham for seafood lovers who want a diverse menu option while catching a game.
*Disclosure: I received a $50 gift card from Good Catch Boil which I used during my first visit. As always, the opinions are my own.