The Claws.

Negombo is one of my favourite cities in the country, simply because of the sheer spread of freshly caught seafood it offers. It's hard to find a restaurant here that doesn't serve seafood, which easily makes this town a heaven – to anyone who'd like to bask in the glory of fishy goodness. 

The Claws is one of the recent additions to this stretch, which has been buzzing with the crowd. 

Food & Drinks

The Claws is specialised in seafood, but they've made sure to include a whole bunch of meat dishes on their menu too. Anyway, in this review, we decided to stick to their speciality. 

The Pepper Prawns (Rs. 1100) featured around 12 – 15 medium-sized prawns, all smothered with a spicy pepper sauce. Deliciously chewy to the bite, these peppered sea-roaches were flavoursome on its own, but when you bring the fresh crunch of capsicum, bell pepper and onions, it makes for one hell of a dish which you can pair your rice/beer with. 
Next up, we tried the Fried Whole King Fish (Rs. 2400). You can get the grilled version of it too, but we opted for the fried one, as per the recommendation of our waiter, and boy oh boy! We're glad we did so. 

Weighing 2.4kgs, this paraw fish was from the freshest catch of the day and easily enough to feed around 2 or more hungry bellies. 

Covered with a thin layer of well-seasoned batter, the fish had just the right touch from the fryer, which added a beautiful crisp to its outside, along with an addictively firm texture. What follows that is the pure white, juicy, soft, and chunky flesh. In fact, the batter acted as a supporting character, by doing a great job at luring out the rich, and fatty flavours of the King Fish. 

Resting on the bed of lettuce, cucumber, grated cabbage, carrots and tomato, it was also decorated with a side of crispy, golden yellow coloured French fries and had roast cashews and karapincha leaves scattered about. 

Seriously, you don’t need anything more than a squeeze of fresh lemon to improve its flavours. 

The Cuttlefish Rice & Curry (Rs. 690) was served with the helpings of pol sambol, chutney, papadum, batu moju, beetroot, dhal, pumpkin, and sweet potato curries. 

The undeniable star of this meal, was the cuttlefish curry. Giant rings of well-cooked cuttlefish, immersed in a gravy that's gushed with spices, this curry itself is enough to finish off a plate of white rice.

The accompaniments were well-executed as well. Carrying the proper balance between creaminess and spiciness, and a lot of curry taste, all four curries were on point, while the batu moju giving that tangy kick. Packing a heat from chilli flakes, the pol sambol featured lots and lots of umbalakada

Our drink was this Chocolate Milkshake (Rs. 300). Creamy, and thick in texture, it was a bit on the milky side. A little more chocolate ice cream or a little less milk should make it more balanced in flavour. 

They also serve beer and cocktails, if you want an alcoholic punch to wash down all that seafood. 

Ambience & Service

Decorated with a palm-thatched roof, the interior at The Claws is pretty simple. It's more of a semi-indoor restaurant which opens to Lewis Place – a street that's known for seafood in Negombo.

Inside the restaurant, they've provided a bunch of neatly arranged black chairs and tables, enough to accommodate around 30 customers at a time. It's not an air-conditioned space, but the heat won't bother you as they've got giant fans in every corner of the restaurant. 

The staff was absolutely helpful with our order. They were kind enough to provide us with recommendations and managed to bring our food within around 20 minutes. Friendly and polite, they made our experience a welcoming one. 

Conclusion

The Claws is one of the best picks for your seafood cravings in Negombo. Their food is super delicious, portions are massive and you get your money's worth. We highly recommend!

*Photographs courtesy of: @raveen.re
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on whatsapp

Highlights.

Latest.

KAMU.

A flavorful journey to the North East by Paadum Meen

An ecstatically beautiful place located down Frankfort place, Bambalapitiya has caught a significant eye for

Highlights Kamu

Hummus Festival 2022 – Graze Kitchen by Hilton

By Shamrina Carim The stunning atmosphere Walking into this masterpiece designed by an excellent interior

Kamu

A Luxury European Dining experience at 1864 Limited Edition

Ambience Intimate dining area for couples and friends Comfy lounge areas to sit and catch

Highlights Kamu

Pizza Hut – My Box Birizza Fever- review

By Sumaiya Jaleel Hurrah! Welcome back to your scrumptious feast. Pizza Hut has brought back

Highlights Kamu

The Hottest Food Fest of the Year: Eat Street Colombo

By Janani Vithanage After a 2 year (Covid induced break), Sri Lanka’s biggest, best food

Highlights Kamu

A Chocolate fantasy with Zeez Treatz

By MI The Yamu team was in for a massive sugar rush and sweet indulgence

Kamu

Trending.

Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo’s ColomBar moves to newly refurbished location

04 May2022, Colombo: Colombo’s iconic and stylish destination bar, ColomBar, has been re-located to its

Trending

Spreading Mother’s Day Love with Ramada Colombo

Treat your Mother to lavish lunch, and high tea buffets, sweet treats, and plush stays. 

Trending

Eid Staycation at Sheraton Kosgoda TurtleBeach Resort

By Janani Vithanage Heralded by the first sighting of the crescent moon, Eid-al-fitr, which translates

Trending

Eid Staycation at Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa

By Janani Vithanage Heralded by the first sighting of the crescent moon, Eid-al-fitr, which translates

Trending

Order your Ifthar Dinner via PickMe Food

By Hiruni Herath As Ramadan is a time of introspection and prayer, you can devote

Trending

7 Things you Should Know about Gotagogama

By Janani Vithanage Sri Lanka, internationally known as the Pearl of the Indian Ocean, is

Highlights Trending

Yamu Guide.

The Embazzy – a relaxing luncheon spot

By Hiruni Herath Service and Ambience Stepping into The Embazzy, it’s clear that the restaurant

Highlights Yamu Guide

What to expect at a Yala National Park Safari

Covering an extensive area of Southern and Uva Provinces, Yala is the second largest national

Yamu Guide

Everything you need at Online Kade

Located in the heart of Rajagiriya Online Kade also has a branch in Colombo 04

Yamu Guide

5 Co-working spaces in Colombo

By Tashia Ranasinghe Here are some more interesting places for all the digital nomads out

Highlights Yamu Guide

7 Buffets to Indulge In this Easter 2022

By Janani Vithanage As the youth of our nation make their voices heard, the birth

Yamu Guide

5 occasions to celebrate with Shirohana

By Rahma Rifkhar Okay, so, first question: Are you the colour-coordinated bullet journaling typa person

Highlights Yamu Guide