Claw Carnaby

I don’t believe I’ve ever said ‘over egged the pudding’ out loud but I think Claw might have. They’ve got a bit of a cult following from their streetfood days and there was a lot of hype around their opening in Soho so I was really keen to make it to their soft launch. I tried twice to discover they were closed when their website had advertised otherwise and then I missed it. Now, I’m not harbouring a grudge against the good people of Claw but it just sets things up as being a bit haphazard.

The restaurant’s space is small and industrial, generally very pleasant to be in and in theory a buggy could be squeezed by one or two of the tables. The menu reads well, the service is good. But the food. It was all just a bit too much. I ordered several plates that had been recommended to me and found the Crab macaroni cheese so rich that I could barely eat a third of it. It was swimming in oil. The caramel chicken wings coating was so sticky I had to pick it off my teeth like candy. Essentially, the restaurant wasn’t ready to end its soft launch. It needed more time to get its dishes ready.

I visited Claw without Max so at the end of the meal I asked if it would be ok to come back with him in the buggy and the person I spoke to looked at me like I was properly an alien. Because why would people who have children want to eat? Everyone knows that once you’ve had a baby your oesophagus collapses down to make room for Lego and you are nourished entirely by air until your child is 15. It’s like hibernation but from all normal things you did prior to having children instead of for winter. Seriously though, I asked about highchairs and the guys said ‘we’ve just opened and we hadn’t thought of that’.

What’s good? The crab beignets were lovely. Light, subtle, rich and moreish.

Kid friendly? Nope.

✗baby change facilities

✗highchairs available

✓cool with breastfeeding – it’s a low lighting kind of place and I don’t think anyone would bat an eye

✗loads of other parents

✓space for buggies – one or two at a push

✗children’s menu – technically no but the restaurant got in touch with me via Instagram to let me know that the chef would make something special for children

✗toys/play area

Rating 🍼

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