Saturday, March 24, 2012

Italian Flavor at Its Finest at ClawDaddy Shangrila Plaza Mall

The ClawDaddy at Shangri-la Plaza Mall recently hosted a special degustation dinner featuring Osteria Italiana—a fantastic array of dishes perfectly paired with different varietals of wine. Security Blanket was invited to the restaurant’s Shangri-la Plaza mall branch to witness the unveiling of its redefined look and philosophy. Spearheaded by brazen entrepreneur and owner Mr. Raymund Magdaluyo, ClawDaddy is moving towards becoming a premiere destination for consistent and excellent dining experiences as they take things even further and now introduces Italian cuisines as part of their well-loved American dishes. He spoke about ClawDaddy’s updated look, while the kitchen gave the bloggers a taste of ClawDaddy’s new and exciting flavors.
These are actually part of the restaurant's ceiling.

Unique ceiling speaks on the resto's take on Italian food.

Italian cuisine has been well established since the 4th century B.C., as the most popular and widely favored cuisines in the world. Pizza and pasta are among its most famous dishes, with each region in Italy having different interpretations and variations. So it’s no surprise that ClawDaddy owners wanted to modify their Shangri-la Plaza mall branch, giving it an Italian touch.
Fish decorations can be seen on the resto.

Executive chef and owner Peter Ayson helm’s the ClawDaddy kitchens as well as the entire The Red Crab Group of restaurants such as Patio Carlito, ClawDaddy, Crustasia and New Orleans. He gave diners a taste of flavors from Italy starting off with linguini pomodoro, pate de foie, Italian eggplant casserole, moules mariniere, proscuitto, al forno, freshly made thin pizza, fritto motza-herbed bread crumbs made into mozzarella sticks and marinara sauce, their well-loved fish and chips with fries on the side and mouth-watering white tiramisu and pana cotta for dessert.

Long couches and comfy chairs in pastel green for that chic look.
Security Blanket had a full pot of Moules Mariniere, some crusty bread and a sweet wine followed by a glass of chardonnay. The shrimp linguini pomodoro tastes a whole lot better because of the perfect pairing with the wine.
Pretty nice interiors with my fave lighthouse figurine on the right.

The restaurant had its own bar where you could order wine.

Chiffon white chocolate cakes

panna cotta in chocolate and caramelized toppings.

Moules Mariniere--Mussles stewed in White Wine

The basket/pail bin for mussels.

Italian Eggplant Casserole

Wines and spirits

pate de foie

fritto motza-herbed bread crumbs in mozzarella cheese and marinara sauce

Thin Slices of herbed pizza

Lovely music wafts in the air.

My share of plate.

Shrimp Linguini pomodoro
The ambience of the restaurant had predominant hues of greens, reds and sunflower yellows and the light aromas of the cuisine of the South. There was even an onstage live performance by a singer for that jazz, R&B kind of thing—a romantic balladeer perhaps. It actually felt like it was Valentines sans the date and the flowers. But the soothing songs made me more relaxed with the company of other bloggers.
Mr. Raymund Magdaluyo, owner talks about his restaurant.
So if you guys are looking for a place to relax, indulge in glorious Italian food, wine, and conversation with friends, ClawDaddy Shangri-la is the best place to go!
The owners of the Red Crab Group (with owner/executive chef Peter Ayson on the right)

White Tiramisu

The author with former high school classmate, Ms. Janice Manansala-Crisostomo, Operations Manager of The Red Crab Group.
We spent a good six hours tasting all we could possibly sample. Au plaisir de vous revoir, ClawDaddy. It would be a pleasure to see you again!

Special thanks to Ms. Janice Manansala-Crisostomo, The Red Crab Group’s Operations Manager for the invite and Ms. Noria Adam-Lim for the company.

Disclaimer: I am not compensated for this blog post. Opinions expressed are 100% my own.


The author with a glass of chardonnay. Cheers!


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