I went to Claw Daddy’s yesterday at Subic Ayala Harbor Point to get a taste of their newly launched dishes served at ample proportions but priced for the masses. We started off with a few appetizers and the wedge iceberg lettuce salad (90 Php) topped my list. It had light but but well seasoned dressing with cute and plump berry tomatoes. They were juicy and a bit sweet at every bite with dices of crunchy croutons and minced bacon. Other appetizers were crunchy potato skins (90 Php) with chive and sour cream dip, baked mussels with blue cheese (115 Php) and creamy chicken potato salad (90 Php).
I personally thought that the Beef and Mushroom Salpicao (145 Php) was one of the main dishes, as it tasted so good; in a Filipino context of dining most people will say “all that’s missing is a cup of rice”, however it is actually one of the appetizers. This dish looked perfect, the brown, smoky beef and mushrooms were given life by the colors of the red and green bell peppers. I took my first few bites with the mushrooms and they were unbelievably palatable and flavorful, even the vegetable bits and onions were worth fighting forks with. The beef slices were cut one piece a bite, it was so aromatic and tender. When I started chewing on it, the juices of the meat came out with richness; I can tell this one was prepared overnight with the right mix of sauce and spices.
Right after, the main entrees were served like a parade with an introduction per platter. First was Sizzling Skillet on a hatchery (179 Php), which had potato wedges on the side and one sunny-side up egg on top of a single serve steak that’s generously drizzled with sauce. Then come the Sizzling Rib-eye steak skillet (210 Php) which is roughly the same with the first one but had steamed veggies on the side rather than potatoes. Their best seller for sizzling dishes is Auntie Mae’s Fried Chicken Steak (149 Php) served with bacon strings on top, a cup of fried rice and some steamed veggies too on the side. Another seafood served aside from the baked mussels was Shrimp Thermidor (185 Php) it had about 5-6 pieces of roasted shrimp and a cup of fried rice.
Enough with the sizzle. I thought it was over, as I turned around apparently there were more. We got to grab a bite of their pasta and sandwich dishes too. The first one was Vegetable Arriabiata Penne ( 99 Php), the penne itself was al dente, with just the right amount of vegetables to tease my taste buds and a kick of spice. I think there was a hint of hard core chili right there and i loved it. Then there was Lemon Alfredo Linguine (99 Php), I had the ordinary one but you can choose to add either chicken or shrimp for an additional 45 Php and I would recommend the chicken because the sauce was so light it was barely there; adding seafood wouldn’t make sense to it.( to my palette of course).
We also had Surf and Turf burger (195 Php), this one had shrimps in it; Crispy Fish Sandwich (125 Php), if your into heavy appetizers you’d consider this one very good especially for fish lovers; Fried Chicken Melt (145 Php), crispy chicken fillet with pouring cream and melted cheese; and their own classic version of the hamburger (125 Php). I liked the hamburger because it left me with a familiar taste of one good burger that I could eat anywhere and anytime with a can of soda and good music. Also, I did fancy to try the Fish Sandwich again some other time because it gave me a light taste than I can enjoy and a full stomach to endure; healthy but delicious.
The last two prides tasted at Claw Daddy’s were Lemon Cheddar Cheese Cake (149 Php) and Dark Chocolate Cake (130 Php). They were both served as single slices but don’t be fooled because every bite is so full of lushness and flavor. I’d recommend the Dark Chocolate Cake if asked to choose although I’d prefer to have it with a scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream on top and I’d consider it my perfect dessert.
In totality, the restaurant and the service are both two-thumbs up for me but I haven’t quite gotten a taste of their main menu yet. It’s not called Claw Daddy for no reason ain’t it. As all of my foodventures, the trip to Subic was memorable and Claw Daddy made it a big bonus. The place itself could probably house 150 – 200 people in different crafty dining sets with walls designed of antique pieces from the 70s.