Step through the doors of this new North Wharf located eatery, and you are immediately transported to the Creole influenced state of Louisana.
Housed in the new ASB Building in Wynyard Quarter is the newest addition to North Wharf’s eateries: Southern-inspired restaurant Miss Clawdy – a soul food haven inspired by the late Lloyd Price’s 1952 New Orleans hit single ‘Lawdy Miss Clawdy’.
Upon entering the vibrant dining room we were engulfed with the heady aromas of chilli and spices, and were immediately welcomed by the Wiley boys, a father and two-son trio, whose obvious passion for good food and drink had us in high anticipation of the meal to come.
The interior is an eclectic mix of dark wood and deep red hues,with splashes of pastel shades. Low-hung lights in hand woven baskets sit above a collection of bar leaners and brightly coloured stools at the front of the room, while the open kitchen sits centre stage before the rows of tables. We happily occupied the banquet seating that faces the bustling kitchen and watched the flurry of shared plates leave the pass.
The drinks menu offers an enticing selection of cocktails, available either by the glass or jug. We opted for the Old Fashioned Cherry Lemonade: a tangy concoction of Ketel One Citron vodka, Briottet Creme de Marasquin, orange bitters and lemonade, poured over handmade lemonade ice cubes. This ensures that as the ice melts, the cocktail doesn’t become watery. We deemed this feature redundant – musing that the cocktail was so delicious there would never be time for the ice to melt before every last drop was gone.
From the menu, we were advised to order a variety of dishes, and happily obliged. To start, we sampled a grilled fish taco topped with pico de gallo shredded iceberg lettuce, a punchy mix of fresh tomatoes, onions, and chilli. The fish was delicate and flaky, the taco homemade and charcoal grilled to serve. We also couldn’t look past the Jamabalya – a traditional Louisana Creole dish with cajun-spiced rice, shrimp, andouille sausage and chicken finished in a crayfish bourbon butter. Intensely aromatic and lip smackingly good, we greedily finished it in the blink of an eye. Next up was the Ya Ya Gumbo; beautifully fragrant with generous amounts of prawns, andouille sausage and Alaskan crab. The crab was displayed in its spiked legs and helpfully pre-cut lengthwise, which allowed us to access the tender meat with ease. On the side we tried the Southern fried jerk chicken, the heat from the spices cooled with the accompanying chipotle lime mayo. And to balance the meal out, we ordered the baby beetroot, quinoa, and chargrilled zucchini salad, dotted with goat’s curd and crunchy lavender pumpkin seeds.
Although suitably stuffed, we’re never ones to shy away from dessert. We opted for the Cinnamon Beignets – soft balls of homemade choux pastry, gently deep fried and served alongside lashings of butterscotch sauce. We also sampled the Dark Chocolate Cookies – sandwiched in between a scoop of vanilla ice cream and served with a decadent chocolate milk on the side.
Open 7 days from 11.30am until late (with the full menu available throughout the day), Miss Clawdy is a welcome addition to North Wharf. We’re certain it will become an Auckland favourite faster than you can say “lawdy”.
12 Jellicoe Street
(09) 969 6986