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Claw - CLOSED

Restaurants, Seafood Soho
3 out of 5 stars
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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

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.

 

Claw - CLOSED says
Claw, the award-winning street-food vendors with a simple mission of serving ‘sociable sustainable seafood’, are the latest restaurant residency at Soho pub The Sun & 13 Cantons. They'll be serving their signature cracked Devon crab claws along with an expanded menu until the end of February 2017.

Details

Address: 21 Kingly St
Soho
London
W1B 5QA
Transport: Oxford Circus
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Users say (9)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.6 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:2
  • 4 star:1
  • 3 star:5
  • 2 star:0
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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.  

tastemaker

If you are a fan of fresh seafood, this is a must-visit joint for you. Claw has been on my "Want to go" list for a while now and we finally made it there over the festive period. Firstly, it was a joy that we didn't have to book, it helps that it's next-door to Dishoom. Everything no the menu is for sharing so you get to try a few different things. The staff is really nice and friendly, and the service is impeccable. The only reason I took one star off is because our crispy squid was over-cooked. For a restaurant that only has a few items on the menu, it is inexcusable to serve anything less than perfection. Will I go there again? I most certainly will. 

tastemaker

Have been looking forward to trying this place, given the array of seafood available (especially the Lobster Roll). However, I was a little disappointed by the dish I was most excited to try. Between my friend and I, we shared the following: 


1. Crab KFC - This was not bad and an interesting combination, but the soft shell crab was soggy when it arrived. 


2. Crispy Squid - Not enough squid pieces but I did like the battered and twice fried aubergines pieces! 


3. Crab Fries - Another interesting dish; simple but decent. The fries were golden and crispy and the crab mayo was a good pairing. I could see the chunks of crab in it. 


4. Lobster Roll - A big let down. It came in a burger brioche bun rather than the typical long brioche roll. There also wasn't enough lobster meat to be justify the price. Each mouthful had more bun than lobster and filling. 


5. Trio of Oysters - Out of the three versions of oysters available, my favourite was the raw one with a jalapeño dressing. Simple and spicy. The Parmesan one was too cheesy to taste the oyster and the Tempura one didn't carry much flavour. 


In my opinion the most worthwhile thing we ordered was the Pignoletto, which came at 5 quid per class. It's a lovely sparkling wine, almost like Prosecco but less dry. It went well with our seafood dishes and was lovely to drink on its own. 

tastemaker

I visited a few times, once it was a Meal Pal pick up and place was completely empty so I asked if I could eat there and they said no, which seemed rude, especially when they didn’t have even one customer!

Few other times was a standard lunch and I found portions really small and prices quite extortionate for what you get, service seems rushed and unpleasant.
I really wanted to love it because their food stand was always so great. Shame.
tastemaker

Is it a good thing or bad thing that Claw is situated right next door to London’s popular Dishoom? Most definitely a good thing as it proved a delightful alternative to when getting told there would be a 2 hour wait for a table next door. Although not quite the Indian tapas we were looking for, Claw’s delightful wait staff greeted us with open arms; seating us immediately. For the fish lover, this is a delicious find amongst London’s broad portfolio of restaurants. Combining accessible pieces such as crab mayonnaise fries and fish tacos, the menu is able to subtly throw in some high end dishes such as lobster. To the unobserving Eye this spot doesn’t look like much, but with a good menu, deligient wait staff and a not-so-bad decor, it makes up for the rejection you will inevitably get from next door. Bad neighbour? No. But the neighbour who’d lend you a bag of sugar and invite you in for tea.

tastemaker

Claw is a fantastic restaurant near Carnaby street. Perfect for a tasty lunch or casual dinner, the vibe of the restaurant is very industrial chic. Service is friendly and food is served as and when it's ready. The crab roll is a must - large, buttery and heaving with crab! The crab mac'n'cheese is wonderful, creamy and indulgent with the flavour of crab really running through it. Portions are quite big considering the price so it's quite good value. Would definitely recommend.


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!


tastemaker

It was OK, rather expensive for not a very filing meal but it is seafood, it is central London so its sort of expected. Not a poshy restaurant. More of a casual spot for friends to get together eating seafood with fingers.


Crab roll (£9.00) was OK but those shells made it very unpleasant to eat. I wished they had told us about it before. Lobster rolls (£15.00) were better - there were still tiny shells. The sriracha mayo complimented the rolls very well. The toasted brioche was great holding those seafood meat was yumm! 

Didn't like the deep fried soft shelled crab. Flavoursome batter but served on the soft and soggy side wasn't appealing. The sweet lemon mayo promised wasn't great. It was sensed and lack the tangy lemon burst. 

Meat options are also available. Outside seating is very limited. Glad that we tried though.
tastemaker

Crab is my favourite so I headed here with my galantine on the day of love to indulge. We ordered everything off the crab menu. It was heavenly and the cocktails were delicious too. I would have liked more variety and maybe some healthier options as it was quite carb heavy. Great atmosphere, bill was a little higher than expected in terms of value.

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