The folks who brought us the hit seafood restaurant Rock Lobster are opening a new seafood bar in Temple Bar this weekend called Klaw.
First things first, if you're expecting a big restaurant where you can book a table for you and a large group of friends, you'll need to reassess your expectations.
"I got a message earlier from someone asking could they reserve a table for eight this weekend," said owner Niall Sabongi. "I was like 'Ummm, you can definitely rock up with eight friends, but we don't do reservations here.'"
Reservations would be hard at Klaw, since Niall himself describes it as the "tiniest seafood in the world." The narrow space, bar refurbished with salvaged steel, can accommodate about 16 seats outside while another eight can sit outside.
As you can see in the pictures below, the Klaw team are still hard at work getting everything in order for its opening weekend. While there's a chance it'll open its doors briefly tonight, the seafood bar will definitely be open for business tomorrow.
So what kind of offerings can we expect from this new seafood joint? While many aspects of the menu are still up in the air, between figuring out what their new customers what and what seafood's in season, oysters, chowders, crabs of all types, crab BLT, the only lobster rolls in Ireland, Papa Reuben and Shooter sandwich are all in the offing.
The seafood bar will be offering doing a happy hour between 4pm and 6pm where customers will be able to wash down their oysters with a nice Bloody Mary.
This idea behind Klaw is that it's super chill, we wanted to knock the posh out of seafood. You can rock up with mates after work and enjoy some really fresh seafood over drinks.
Niall Sabongi, owner of Klaw
You can check out Klaw this weekend at 5A Crown Alley, Temple Bar.