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Claw BBQ Dubai review

Words by Nathan Irvine

A snappy venue

The somewhat garish décor of Claw BBQ belies the cuisine it cooks up. It looks out of place in the surrounds of Souk Al Bahar, what with its cartoon crab logo and fishing nets draped from the ceiling. It’s definitely not as sleek and sexy as its neighbouring restaurant. But what it lacks in subtlety it makes up for in hearty food, atmosphere and, well, fun.

We headed in on a Thursday night and the energy in the place was electric. Of course, social distancing between tables was being observed, but it was great to see friends and families enjoying the atmosphere of the evening. The action on the multiple screens around the place gives it an authentic US sports bar feel, which adds to the laid back vibes.

Across the menu is a line-up of dishes aimed squarely at filling you up in the most delicious way possible. Barbecue is the theme, obviously, and Claw BBQ doesn’t mess about when it comes to flavours.

From small homemade guacamole and tortilla chips to the hefty beef ribs, each dish tastes outstanding. You can really tell that the kitchen staff know a thing a thing or three about barbecue cuisine.

Supplied Claw BBQ's Americana-inspired interior

All in

We had what can only be described as a gut-busting sample platter. A huge table’s worth of options from the vast menu that made our area look like a banquet fit for royalty – with flavours to match. Our favourites included the buffalo shrimp and those beef short ribs we mentioned above. The shrimp was succulent and came with just enough spice to make them moreish rather than set your mouth on fire. And the ribs that flaked right off the bone represented some of the finest barbecue food we’ve ever tasted in Dubai.

It’s worth shouting out the filet mignon too. Despite not being a specialised steakhouse, Claw BBQ’s take on the prime beef cut is juicy and charred to perfection. It also passes the ultimate steak test of being very tasty even without sauces and added salt.

By the time dessert time rolled around we were about ready to throw in the towel. But were told that we just had to try the peanut butter chocolate smore. And despite our groaning stomachs telling us otherwise, we’re glad we did. The sweet goodness that came from the massive marshmallow topped smore was a superb finish.

Although Claw BBQ might have the look of a corny theme restaurant, the food is no joke. It definitely feels like the place to be in Souk al Bahar on the weekend, and is the ideal tonic when you want to gather some friends together and indulge in hearty food and good times.

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