Miss Clawdy is a Southern American soul food restaurant that has recently opened in the new ASB building in Wynyard Quarter, Auckland. Like most restaurants in the area, it is child friendly with a couple of dishes especially for the little ones and also colouring sheets and crayons available to keep the kids entertained.
The food is bold and full of flavour and the service friendly and fast. Like a lot of the new restaurants opening around Auckland, the food is designed to be shared. We ordered a range of food including the southern fried oyster, the pop corn shrimp and the cuban (pulled pork shoulder) Po’ Boys; the grilled fish and the pulled pork tacos; the baby beetroot, quinoa, chargrilled zucchini and goats curd salad; the snapper cheviche; the southern fried jerk chicken; the hand cut fries and the miss clawdy slaw.
The Po’ Boys were delicious, light fluffy white bread with crisp deep fried prawns, iceberg lettuce and flavoured mayo. The other two highlights were the snapper cheviche which was light, fresh and tangy and came with thin crispy tortillas to scoop the cheviche onto and the southern fried jerk chicken which had a crisp, crunchy coating with a good kick of spice and was accompanied by a chipotle lime mayo.
The only disappointment was the pulled pork. Although it tend soft and tender, it was a bit bland for me, especially compared to most of the other dishes which were very flavoursome.
We also tried the desserts, as they had cinnamon beignets with butterscotch sauce which are always a favourite and a key lime pie with torched meringue which I’ve always wanted to try. The key lime pie was thick and gooey but not too tart, with the lime flavour being a bit more subtle than a traditional lemon meringue pie and the cinnamon beignets were soft in the middle and crispy on the outside with a thick coating of cinnamon and sugar.
Miss Clawdy’s isn’t the kind of place to go if you’re watching your waistline as its comfort food. However its a great place for lunch or a casual dinner with a group and offers something different to other restaurants around Auckland.