Food photo: Organic uni pasta with handmade squid ink fettuccine, uni butter, and uni roe
Food photo: New England Clam Chowder & Oyster Crackers
Food photo: A selection of fresh oyster varieties from Japan, France and the United States
Food Photo: Freshly shucked oyster platter and a closup of a serving of creamy royal oysters imported from France
New England style lobster rolls have finally come to Bangkok. Although, Em Quartier’s Crab and Claw isn’t the first to offer the dish— they’re pointing out how rarely you find it presented traditionally. By traditionally, they mean chilled chunks of lobster contrasting against the backdrop of a hot buttered bun— with few distractions from the fresh flavor of the lobster. All too often you get the lobster rolls doused in mayo with hardly any meat in them, because unless you’re sitting on the shore in Maine, where lobster rolls originate, fresh lobster is still an expensive delicacy.
Food photo: Traditional New England Lobster Roll served on a hot toasted bun that’s been drizzled with drawn butter (none of that mayo crap)
At Bangkok’s Crab & Claw the Traditional Lobster Roll or it’s mayonnaisy cousin, the Lobster Salad Roll alone will cost about a thousand baht ($30). Although the lobster roll is Crab & Claw’s signature dish, people arriving in groups to dine will usually have a whole other agenda in mind — eating entire grilled lobster (2,600 THB) or crab boil buckets (1,300 THB) to be shared.
The Crab & Claw menu could be organized better, especially doing something to highlight the drink offerings more. With so many rich dishes like the organic uni pasta and butter drizzled hits like the lobster roll, guests who arrive ready to spend more than average on dinner, will want some bubbly to wash it all down. My choice was the Japanese craft beer Kagua. Flipping all the way to the back of the menu there’s a list of pairings with the craft beer that I’m sure no one reads. No need really since Kagua pairs well with any seafood, whether you’re having creamy clam chowder or creamy French oysters.
Food Photo: Baked fruit crumble with strawberries, blueberries, rhubarb, and Tahitian vanilla ice cream (290 THB)
Crab and Claw is a great splurge or ideal if you need to impress someone who loves their seafood. It’s commendable that the restaurant, led by Hawaiian Chef Colin, make efforts to source their fare from sustainable seafood vendors. The giant lobsters never fail to make visitor’s eyes big or to get them whipping our smart phones to take selfies before the shell cracking officially begins. There’s also a good selection of oysters (Kumamoto, Calm Cove, Royal, etc…) and fresh homemade pasta worth checking out while the instagram crowd is busy only focusing on the lobster platters.
Update: Crab & Claw Adds Branch at Siam Paragon
CRAB AND CLAW EMQUARTIER LOCATION AND HOURS:
Address: 7th Floor, Helix Building, EmQuartier Mall
Directions: BTS Skytrain Phrom Phong Station across from Emporium Mall
Phone Number: 095 564 5422
Hours: 10am – 10pm, Daily
Price Range: 500 – 1500 THB per person
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/CrabandClaw/
Note: This meal was complimentary.