Claw, Carnaby Street: Review

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We’ve been a big fan of Claw since our first bite of their seafood street food and have been seeking out their crab fries ever since. They recently opened up a restaurant just off Carnaby Street in London and last week we finally headed down to check it out.

We expected to queue so got there at 6.30, however were shown straight to our table. The restaurant filled up over our visit so it was good to see it be busy and the crowds loving their seafood dishes. It has a lovely relaxed atmosphere and the staff were friendly and attentive.

Right on to the food. We actually headed down here to catch up with fellow blogger One Hungry Asian and as a result, with foodie minds combined, we ordered pretty much everything on the menu. The below was between two but you genuinely could have halved this and had a really good value dinner – we expected small plates but the dishes were all a good sized portion! Ah well, any excuse for an excessive indulgent meal.

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Grilled oysters with chilli butter

To start off the meal we ordered a couple of the grilled oysters. Spoiler – Gemma prefers grilled oysters to fresh. These were absolutely beautiful, perfectly cooked and the chilli butter on top was to die for. We need to hit the Gills kitchen and try and recreate that butter.

Crab mac and cheese

This was the definition of food porn. Our highlight of the menu for sure. Deliciously indulgent, generous with crab and a crispy topping. This with two sides would be more than enough for two.

XO mussels

These packed a big punch! Again a huge bowl of food, packed with flavour. XO sauce is a seafood based sauce, made with dried fish and shrimp as well as a tonne of garlic and chilli – delish. At the bottom of the bowl they had placed a slice of bread, which had soaked up all of the flavour – it made my mouth explode!

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Caramel chicken wings

We did order something that wasn’t from the sea – however, we were a little disappointed with these. The caramel had gone too far, and it made the wings really difficult to eat. The caramel stuck to my teeth and made it super hard to eat!

Potato salad with cured egg yolk and seaweed

We had seen this on Claw’s Instagram feed earlier that day and knew we had to give it a try. The most rich potato salad ever! Whilst it was all delicious it could have done with a bit of acidity to cut through the richness of the dish.

Crab beignets

We were seriously intrigued by these on the menu. They came served up as beignets, served up with a brown crab mayonnaise like sauce to dip into. This dish could have been amazing, it has all the ingredients of something DELICIOUS. However, I felt that the beignet’s hadn’t been cooked quite long enough to give that texture needed on the outside, it was all a little too soft. Great flavours, just felt that it needed more texture.

Dessert

As if the above wasn’t enough we then ordered two desserts – the rhubarb crumble and toasted milk parfait. Both were well made, and well balanced. I only managed a few small spoonfuls but I would definitely order these again had I gone less hard on the above dishes!

Overall Claw is a great spot for dinner in central London – really good value (when you know the portion sizes) and a relaxed place to catch up with friends. Thanks One Hungry Asian for being our eating buddy!

 

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