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“Who’s Your ClawDaddy?”

Posted on: August 15, 2008

My Brother, Pointyman, treated the family for lunch last Sunday at ClawDaddy Crab House and American Grill at the Shangri-La Mall branch. We had our seats reserved prior to the lunch hour to ensure that we have our seats ready when we come in. Ambiance was pretty laid back, and the menu was filled with dishes that would delight any seafood junkies out there. Serving proportions were pretty large so everything was pretty much made to be shared.

My Dad ordered Oysters Rockefeller for our appetizer. It’s made up of ten huge oysters topped with parsley and parmesan cheese. Add a pinch of rock salt and a squeeze of fresh lemon and you’re in heaven! This was my personal favorite. A serving costs roughly Php300.

CLAW DADDY_Oysters Rockefeller

Brother Dear ordered the Smoked Salmon Salad for my Mom, who’s not as crazy about peeling shrimps and crushing crab with a rock as the rest of the family is. The salad was made up of your usual salad greens, olives, tomatoes, three to four pieces of rolled smoked salmon and slices of mandarin oranges. And what’s the verdict? The salad dressing made it a tad too sweet for my taste, but I really liked the salmon. The Smoked Salmon Salad costs approximately Php230.

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The main star of the entire meal, though, is the Crab and Seafood Boil. It’s a huge platter consisting of a crab, prawns, clams, mussels, roasted corn cobs, marble potatoes, a piece of sausage and a couple of suahe (smaller shrimp). It comes with a slice of fresh watermelon, wedges of lemon and a bowl of melted butter. The entire set is also served with two steaming bowls of clam chowder and a pitcher of iced tea, lemonade or soda.

CLAW DADDY_Crab and Seafood Boil

The Crab and Seafood Boil was a mass of delightful things. It was a great dish to share with the family. The only downside was since we are seafood loving individuals (well, four out of us five), the entire set felt like it wasn’t enough. The waiter said the set was good for four to five people, but for me, it really felt like it was only made for two. Anyway, just in case it crossed your mind: No, we did not order another set, thank you. The Crab and Seafood Boil costs approximately Php1,060.

In the end, with our fingers smelling a little unpleasant, Pointyman asked for the finger bowls to be brought to the table. The little bowls filled with hot water and a slice of lemon ensured that after a few dips, our fingers no longer smelled of shrimp but of lemon. I was pleased.

There was really nothing like eating with your bare hands while wearing a bib (Yes, the waiters tie these “Who’s Your ClawDaddy?” bibs around your necks to make sure you don’t mess your lovely top while smashing the shell off your crab claw). If you, however, want to be prim and proper or you just feel embarrassed getting your hands dirty peeling prawns and crabs, I suggest you go for their pasta dishes and save yourself from your imaginary embarrassment.

But just like what Pointyman said, “It’s all part of the fun!” So go ahead, dig in and get your hands dirty. No one’s going to make fun of you. 🙂

***ClawDaddy Crab House and American Grill has branches at Shangri-La Mall, Ortigas and at the Bonifacio High Street.

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1 Response to "“Who’s Your ClawDaddy?”"

Hi, im inviting you to visit Red Crab’s newly opened resto, TEXAS SMOKE’EM

Leo Vergara
#0927.809.6265

RAY AND PETE’S TEXAS SMOKE ‘EM… We Smoke, You Win!

Early last year, Chef Peter Ayson went on a barbecue tour, all of 3000 miles from Houston, small barbecue towns of Texas, to Dallas, to Cajun country of Louisiana, the Carolinas, Atlanta, small towns of Alabama, and even the new barbecue joints of New York City.
Chef Pete has done so much cooking the past several years, especially the past two years being head chef and partner at the rejuvenated New Orleans (Bonifacio High Street) and ClawDaddy (Shangri-La Plaza Mall and Bonifacio High Street). But his dream of having his own American style smoke house has never faded.
Chef Pete has recently joined forces, again, with good friend and young restaurateur Raymund Magdaluyo in putting up Texas Smoke ‘Em at the third level of Greenbelt 3 in Makati.
It’s a simple, cute yet world-class shack serving smoked barbecue (baby back ribs, beef ribs, sausages, lamb ribs, and chicken), Mexican wraps such as tacos and enchiladas, as well as cold beer and margaritas.
What’s spectacular about the smoking is the smoking itself. Chef Pete has invested in a real smoker and tries to use authentic barbecue cooking for his meats. He feels barbecue fanatics deserve much better than just faking it. The other spectacular thing about the place is how barbecue sides are not the usual fries and potatoes.
Ancho-chili corn, Texas chunky chili, fried plantain cakes, fried chayote, red beans and gravy rice, and about seven more are the “side bets” to the main barbecue event. The choice of sides shows how Chef Pete wishes to have a touch of Mexicana in his barbecue party.
Tacos and either be ordered classic (hard shell) or soft and come in four fillings: chicken, chili, carnitas, or fish. The menu also offers chimichanggas, burritos, and enchiladas. The nachos and the homemade spicy salsa are sure winners.
If you’re not into barbecue, then you can try the fabulous Chicken Mole (chicken slow cooked in chocolate and Mexican spices) as well as the best selling Texas Beef and Sausage Stew.
Another sure jackpot are the desserts, especially this moist, three-layer cake they call the Tres Leches. The margaritas and fruity mojitos are great as well!
Texas Smoke ‘Em is located at the 3rd level of Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center. They can be contacted at 728.3056.

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