The banana pudding cake tasted heavenly. Unfortunately, Boil & Roux is not a bakery.
Dining on a Sunday with my family, a day when my favorite crawfish spot is typically closed, we decided it would be cool to give another boiler a try. Ready to order several pounds for the table, we were appalled to learn that the restaurant, hoping to be known as a boiler, would not be serving crawfish for another few weeks. This was on March 1.
In efforts to keep our original boil concept, we ordered one pound of shrimp ($12.99). I speak for everyone at my table when I say our collective hearts dropped to find that they obviously weren’t boiled fresh. To me they tasted like salty gummy bears, but my family all found them to be somewhat juicy, but salty nontheless.
The shrimp wouldn’t be my only disappointment of the meal. We also ordered a dozen raw oysters ($12.99). The oysters didn’t taste fresh, in fact, although they were served on ice, they felt a little warm, as if they weren’t cold beforehand. With an oyster shortage across the state, I believe Boil & Roux should remove the menu item and let other places that know how to handle the item have at the limited stock.
Other appetizers that tasted better included the cheesesteak egg rolls ($10.50) that my Philly native nephew ordered. He raved about the accompanying reumolaude sauce, the rolls’ crunchy breading and well-seasoned beef. My cousin ordered a cup of crawfish and corn soup ($5.50) to share with her young son. This is where things got fun. Apparently the soup was so tasty that after a small slurp of its broth, the baby began to climb out of his high chair, throwing his small body across the table to get back to the soup. He was nearly victorious.
We shared, or at least scrambled to share, shrimp and crawfish foundeaux served with tortilla chips ($13.95). Aside from our amazing dessert, this item was the highlight of everyone’s dining experience. I think each of us almost fought my husband from hoarding the dish in front of him. It had a great taste, was the perfect size for sharing and in my husband’s words, it contained succulent shrimp.
For our shared meal, we chose the fried seafood platter ($29.95). Meant to serve two, we had leftovers from it at our table of four, partly because we were already nearly full and the saltiness of the items on the platter kept us from enjoying it.
The platter included fried shrimp, oysters, catfish and stuffed shrimp. It was also served with a cup of red beans and a cup of chicken and sausage gumbo. The gumbo had a savory roux and the red beans gave way to a really authentic, yet semi-spicy taste.
I think my nephew’s thoughts on the platter best summed up everyone’s opinion.
“Really expensive for what you get,” he said. “Not really presentable to the eye and tasted really greasy. I was looking forward to tasting the catfish — it’s my favorite Southern dish, but I wasn’t impressed. The breading was seasoned good, but the fish was under-fried and really soggy and very mushy while chewing.”
The fried oysters were great though, so maybe I take back the whole “save the oysters for other restaurants” comment ... maybe.
To polish off our hefty dining experience, we ordered the cake ($5.95) I’ve already raved about. We laughed when our waiter brought us a slice big enough for the four of us to share, along with four forks. My initial thought was, ‘Great, this guy thinks we’re weird.’ My second inkling was ‘this cake looks so amazing’ — the taste matched perfectly with its appearance.
My nephew said upon first bite, “this place should be a bakery.” We all agreed.
While the venue is aesthetically pleasing, with its ample seating and parking, fully-stocked bar and fairly large menu, I think Boil & Roux has a bit of work to do before they can be added to the list of great boilers/seafood restaurants of south Louisiana.
Until then, I’d return for the cake and maybe hopefully taste that crawfish soon.
Editor's note: This story was corrected to clarify how the boiled shrimp were prepared.