Our Dinner at Clawdaddy

My mom wanted something different for dinner because it was the last night of 2011.  We decided to find that special dinner at Shangrila Plaza at Edsa because we were billeted at Edsa Shangrila Hotel for New Year’s Eve. After scouring the mall for about half an hour, mom and papa decided to put our fate in the hands of  Clawdaddy .

We had never eaten at Clawdaddy ever,  but the menu intrigued us and the atmosphere seemed inviting enough.  It looked a lot like Friday’s , with seafood decors hanging on the wall , dimmed lights and friendly staff.  We certainly had high hopes for our last meal of the year.

The waiter brought us a free basket of  boiled corn, which mom thought was quite nice, specially since we kept getting free refills.  The first to be served was my sister, Zia, who ordered spaghetti.

CLAWDADDY

The menu .

The menu :).

The Bar .

The bar :).

Since this was a special night, I ordered my favorite meal, Baby Back Ribs. As usual, it came with Fries and Mashed Potatoes. My older sister, Zoe ordered Seafood Cioppino, and my younger brother, Oz ordered Oyster Rockefeller and  Clammy Spaghetti . Mom and Papa ordered  Seafood Boil.

The Oyster Rockefeller was pretty basic. It ‘s the usual baked oyster with cheese appetizer.

Baby Back Ribs w/ Fries and Mashed Potatoes

Oyster Rockefeller

Clammy Spaghetti

Boiled Corn

The presentation of my Baby Back Ribs was pretty basic, but the color of the ribs were enough to whet my appetite. I like it slightly burned and darkish brown in color.  I found the  Baby Back Ribs to be tender  and tasty. There were about 5 or 6 bones on my plate but sadly, it was not enough to fill me up. Thus, I dug into my brother’s clammy spaghetti. This dish tasted much like pesto pasta, except that it had clams. I make pesto pasta at home all the time. But now that I tasted it with clams, I think I will do the same at home too.

Mmm.......

Since I am making a review for Clawdaddy, mom asked me to taste every dish that comes. So I also dug into my sister’s Seafood Cioppino. I found the flavors of the dish quite complementary, and the pasta noodles were cooked al dente. I found the Seafood Cioppino a bit on the oily side.

The last dish that came along was the seafood boil.  The presentation of the seafood boil was quite interesting because it came in a wooden box that looked like a  swimming pool  to me at first, but mom said it was rather a fishing boat. The seafood boil was simply a boiled mix of  mussels, scallops, shrimp, lobster, squid , baby potatoes and andouille sausage. I don’t understand how andouille sausage, and baby potatoes could be caught in  a fishing boat.

Overall, I like the presentation of the food at Clawdaddy. This goes well with what you would expect with the atmosphere of the place. The taste of the dishes were excellent. They were simple meals, but what makes them special was the freshness of the seafood.

The place was intriguing. It made the night a little more special for me. There was a washroom for our sticky hands. But I am not happy that there was no restroom. So we had to use the paid restroom outside.

The service was  good at the start. We were made to feel welcome when we ordered. But our food took too long to arrive. It took almost 45 minutes or so and we wondered why because there were very few customers. Once we started having our dinner, it was so hard to get  a waiter to our table. We wondered why because there were a lot of waiters only standing around but no one came our way. We asked for water refills around two or three times before we got some. We also waited too long for extra plates to come our way after we requested for it.

When we got the bill, my father was not so pleased. Our bill was P3,825. For the price, my parents were not satisfied with the amount of food . The problem was mainly with the   seafood boil . The menu said it was for 4 people. So my father thought that it was more than enough for him and mom. However, they were were clearly  not enough to fill up even 2  people with normal appetites. My mom and papa were not happy about this because they were pretty expensive, and yet they consisted mostly of mussels and potatoes. Yep there were  shrimp , but they were small. There was some squid, a few slices of sausage, and two small lobsters cut in half  but most are mussels and potatoes. They thought the seafood boil was not good value for  a price of P1,780.  They had to go scouting for dessert after dinner.

Here are my ratings:
Food *** stars.
Service *** stars.
Place *** stars.
Kid friendly ***** stars.

That’s it for today guys! See you next time! 🙂

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My New Year at Edsa Shangrila Hotel

My family and I celebrated New Year’s Eve at Edsa Shangrila Hotel  because my father did not  want to inhale smoke from fireworks.

When we arrived on December 31, 2011, we bought groceries at Megamall and I also bought a  Bakugan Sky Raider toy.

My new Bakugan Sky Raiders

My brother bought his favorite toy , Lego Ninjago.

My brother’s new NINJAGO

My younger sister bought a Sylvanian Families house and my older sister bought 5 books.

New Year ‘s Day 2012

We ate breakfast at Heat in Shangrila Hotel. The setting for the  breakfast buffet was inspired by the Year of the Dragon.  The carvings on the melon at the fruit station exhibited a flower and a dragon. 2012  is my year because I’m a Dragon myself.

The Melon

I ate hash brown, bacon, chicken, eggs cooked sunnyside up , french Toast, waffle, dragon fruit, watermelon and kiwi. I also drank hot chocolate.

Me and my family eating breakfast at Heat

The next day, I ate meatloaf, hash brown, longganisa, plain rice, and a mix of fruits -dragon fruit, watermelon, melon and pineapple. I also ate sushi, frozen yogurt and drank hot Chocolate.  I saw a real honeycomb exhibited at the bread section. It was unbelievable!

Here are some photos of the breakfast buffet.

some spreads

Omelet on demand

Pickle it just a little bit!

Get into the meat

I love cheese!

Cereals and toppings

Crepes with your choice of fillings

My sister loves taho

Sago at gulaman

Berry Banana, Berry Orange Blast and Banana Coffee!

Delicious noodles with your choice of soup, noodles and toppings

Egg sandwiches

Meats and Marinated Salmon

Parfait

Congee toppings

Breads , Pastries and cupcakes

Beverages

Ham

Congee

Toppings for noodles

The breakfast buffet at Heat at  Edsa Shangrila Hotel is amazing. They make omelet just the way you like it. They have noodles with your choice of toppings and broth. They serve congee , dimsum, filipino breakfast, various breads and pastries.   I was surprised that they even have taho , sago at gulaman and even bibingka.

Because I want to be a chef someday, mom tells me to always take this opportunity to taste as much food as I can and write about them in this blog. Last time, she told me taste the cheeses and meats. But I was too caught up with my usual favorites that I totally forgot! I guess we have to go back, mom!

My ratings are:

Food 5 stars *****
Service 5 stars *****
Kid-friendliness 5 stars *****

Overall, breakfast at Heat, Edsa Shangrila was incredible. There were plenty of  delicious food  . The staff was very kind and made us feel welcome. They changed our plates quickly and gave us water as soon as we ran out. The place was clean and smelled really nice.

We keep coming back to Edsa Shangrila for vacations. It was not just the swimming that we love- it was the breakfast too!

Thumbs up for breakfast at Heat

What I Am Thankful for in 2011

I am thankful for everything I had in 2011.

I turned 11 on April 10, 2011.

My b-day cake

My b-day

I joined the Junior Master Chef competition and made it to the top 30 finalists.

My plaque from Junior Master Chef

I went to Treston International college and  learned knife skills, the difference between pots and pans , the  cooking hazards, about FATTOM and how to make different kinds of pasta sauces.

I went to Treston International college

My brother and I went to basketball classes last summer.

My brother and I with Coach

My family and I went to Avilon zoo.

We went to Avilon zoo

I learned how to cook restaurant recipes in Sylvia Reynoso Gala’s Culinary Arts school.

Me and Chef Ernest Gala

Me and Chef Ernest Gala

I started a web show called “The Adventures of a Junior Chef” on YouTube.

I also started this blog.

The Junior Chef - my blog

My family and I went on a few vacations….Malayan hotel, Diamond hotel, Discovery suites, Linden suites and Edsa Shangri- La hotel.

I saw my old friend , Andres  again on his b-day.

I met my old friend ion his b-day

I met some real chefs. I met Chef Laudico, Chef Ferns, Chef Jp, Chef Ernest and his mom Tita Sylvia. I also learned that Chef Ernest started cooking when he was my age :D.

Me and Chef Roland Laudico

Me and Chef Roland Laudico

I learned how to cook Mediterranean dishes, Filipino dishes, salads, steaks, pastas and snacks. I also learned how to debone and stuff a chicken.

My deboned chicken

My deboned chicken

We  went to the Lantern Parade in U.P.

I’m thankful that I was a finalist in the Philippine Blog Awards.

I am thankful that I met many great new friends-  Pinoy Food Writer, Ms. Chun Valencia, sisig lover, Mr. Fred Briones , Mr. Martin Banana from Bacolod Food Hunter, Kat from she cooks, he eats, and the nice lady from Love2Type. I also met new friends from Junior Master Chef.

I’m thankful that my new friend,  Mr. Martin Banana , drew a picture for me. It made me happy on New Year’s Day.

Martin Banana's picture for me

I am thankful that we went back to our lola’s old house at Sunnyside Heights to do a rummage sale.

I’m also thankful for our charity named the Healthy Kidchen.

The Healthy Kidchen

What I learned about myself and my family

I learned that I’ll be a great chef someday. I learned that I love cooking and I hate baking. I like to be with my friends and my family.   I also like to learn more recipes.

I learned that my sister wants to be a pianist when she grows up. My brother wants to be a drummer, an artist, a waiter, a basketball player and a chef.

We want to help people. We like to be together. We all want to learn new and wonderful things. We always want to be happy. We want to see everyone really happy. We want everyone to be healthy, too.

What I want to do this year

This year, I’ll complete all of Sylvia Reynoso Gala’s Culinary Arts courses and I’ll join another cooking contest. I’ll cook all the dishes in my cookbooks.

My cookbooks!

That’s it for today everyone! Happy New Year!