Claw - CLOSED
Time Out says
Please note, Claw has now closed. However, it is set to open a new branch on a smaller site at Seven Dials Market. Time Out Food editors, September 2019.
‘Anything you recommend?’, I asked our waitress, looking at her smiley, wanting-to-be-helpful face. ‘Oh, the chicken wings. They’re my favourite.’ This was at Claw, which as you’ve probably guessed made its name serving crustaceans. Specifically, crab (it’s even the logo).
I politely pretended I hadn’t heard her, then went for more of a seafoody order. There was crab mac ’n’ cheese, which was pretty stingy on the crab meat, but otherwise brilliant: cheesy, tangy and moreish. On the flipside, the crab roll had plenty of chilled meat, all stuffed into a rich brioche bun, but was a tad bland. My tip? Order them together: as a team, they really work. Grilled tenderstem broccoli was genuinely great: crunchy and lemony with a sprinkle of crispy seaweed. The unexpected star of the night? A blueberry cheesecake ice-cream roll, Claw’s twist on an ice-cream sandwich. Picture a slab of ricotta ice cream and jammy blueberry compote wedged into a brioche bun, plus sour toffee sauce and salty flakes of hard cheese. So good.
Sadly, there were plenty of slip-ups too. When I eventually buckled and ordered the wings, they turned out to be syrupy and bland. A fennel salad was underdressed, while the soft-shell KFC (Korean fried crab) had been clobbered by raw spices.
Claw is a good-looking joint, if in a slightly unoriginal way: open kitchen, concrete floors, exposed bricks and warehouse lamps. Order very carefully and you can still have a decent time.
21 Kingly St
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I came to CLAW just before Christmas and absolutely loved it. They were big on the street food scene and I used to always get their delicious crab rolls at festivals so I knew I was in for a treat. I went with 3 friends so we shared nearly all of the dishes on the menu. Personal favourites were:
Grilled oyster with parmesan & chilli - this is really different and definitely unique to CLAW
Lobster & crayfish roll - it's hard to get a lobster roll for under £25 in London and as this is only £15 it's an absolute steal
Octopus & polenta - again really different. Octopus was super tender and polenta really crunchy
Salmon poke - amazing quality salmon with brown rice. This is really fresh and delicious
Mac & cheese - couldn't come to claw without trying their crab Mac & cheese. This is nuts and definitely a show stopper
Overall really impressed and would definitely become a regular.
I've tasted CLAW at various festivals and also went to their popup at the Sun & 13 Cantons so I was really excited to they their new restaurant.
The food was amazing and a great step in the right direction.
We ordered the crab and lobster rolls (obviously!), which were buttery and delicious and actually quite generous considering it's native and from the UK. We then tried some of their small plates including the fish tacos, broccoli w/ anchovy butter, soft-shell crab and some grilled oysters. Everything was on point and incredible.
Couldn't recommend this enough!