Friday nights are usually reserved for binge drinking and whatnot, but in a surprising departure from the norm, we didn’t consume any alcoholic beverage the past Friday. Instead, we punched ourselves drunk with an amazing spread of surf n’ turf at Claw Daddy’s in Bonifacio Global City. Me, Babe, Ken, Dwek, Julls and Aleq all met up in BGC after work to indulge in awesome food–our Thursday LOFONG plan didn’t push through, you see.
Most of the bars and restaurants in the area were packed since it was Friday and also a pay day. Claw Daddy’s however, was comfortably devoid of customers. Well, no, not really. But obviously, they didn’t have that too many diners when we walked in.
Similar to the set-up Claw Daddy’s and New Orleans had in MOA, the two restaurants sit side by side and share a not-so-secret open door that opens up to both restaurants. I assume they share the kitchen as well.
I’ve always found ordering food when I’m with a group such a tense and frantic affair. I’m much more comfortable plucking out things at random with the boyfriend (who is my favorite restaurant-hopping companion). For this specific foodventure, we let Babe decide. With the help of one of the waiters, he–we–decided to have Seafood Boil In A Bag and All American BBQ Sampler.
We proceeded to the compulsory photo ops while we waited for our food. Meanwhile, the waiters busily placed all the things we’re going to need: trash buckets, warm towels and de-shelling tools. There were two ways to go about de-shelling the crabs; we either go for the modern crab cracker or go old school with a a stone and marble. The boyfriend said he found the stone and marble more efficient than the cracker. I can’t vouch for that though since I didn’t get to eat a piece of crab.
The Seafood Boil in a Bag literally arrived in a sealed plastic bag. Excuse my language, but it really looked like a bag of scrap food ready for distribution to a piggery or something. None of us took a picture of it because it didn’t look appetizing at all. But of course, that’s just our presentation preferences speaking.
I loved this dish (or bag) a lot! It was a happy medley of all sorts of seafood–mussels, oysters, shrimp, crabs–and glorious potato wedges. Although the waiter said he’ll hike up the heat, it was distinctly tame. In fact, it wasn’t spicy at all. I liked the seafood that sat on top more than the ones buried in the bottom and therefore drenched in the broth. It was heavily seasoned with garlic though, something that stayed in our mouth hours after dinner. Then again, the six of us managed to finish (almost) everything in the bag. Hoozah!
Although the Seafood Boil in a Bag was the runaway winner of the night, the All American BBQ Sampler was good too. It was a delicious spread of baby back ribs, chicken and beef ribs. I liked this dish a lot too because everything was seriously tender.
It also came with two sides: potato salad and onion rings. As far as I remember, we asked for mashed potatoes but for some reason, we were served potato salad. We didn’t bother asking for a replacement. 😀
Even though we didn’t order rice, we were perfectly full and happy at the end of the night. In fact, we went home right away for there were no more space in our tummies for a cup of coffee (except for Dwight) or two bottles of beer. Sad.