It would be shellfish for us to keep this plaice to ourselves, London’s latest fish restaurant is coming to Kingly Street and it looks like it’s going to be pretty snappy!
Claw Carbanby is the creation of Fabian Clark, who started the business in 2015 as a series of popups and market stalls selling seafood street food. The 28 year old London-based foodpreneur was inspired by the fact that the UK exports 80% of our crab to Europe and Asia rather than consuming it domestically. And in this, his first, ‘bricks-and-mortar’ establishment he has the chance to set straight.
The new restaurant will seat 50 and focus on responsibly sourced produce from land and sea within Britain and around Britain. All-day dining will include full breakfast, lunch and dinner menus developed as a homage to the sea by Clark and his Head Chef Josh Levy.
The breakfast menu will include bacon and scallop muffins, herb and mustard potato hash and chilli scrambled eggs with crab and samphire.
Lunch and dinner menus will offer signature dishes like crab mac and cheese or pork stuffed squid with kaffir lime as well as duck nuggets, troute poké and fried chicken with cods’ roe.
All food can be washed down with Claw Carnaby’s cocktails, beers and soft drinks.
But it’s more than a fishy business, Clark has a calling. Setting out to change perceptions that seafood is an expensive luxury, Clark’s mission is to educate the public and demonstrate that there’s no reason why we can’t east fresh, quality seafood on a daily basis. He deals directly with fishermen to remove the middlemen and to ensure that Claw Carnaby receives the best produce and to keep costs down. Now we’ll raise a claw to that.
Claw Carnaby: opens late October, 21 Kingly Street, Soho, W1B 5QA www.claw.co.uk
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Phil is Deputy Editor at The Handbook. A Northerner cast away in South London he loves to write about food and travel. He also has a black belt in scotch egg eating.