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A spin-off from the original King’s Road rocker, Big Easy Covent Garden also aims to celebrate New Orleans in all its sinful glory. Located in what was a Victorian power station, the new site
struts its stuff as a good-timing crabshack and BBQ restaurant with lots of original features intact and a massive ‘wall of fire’ kitchen below stairs featuring two Argentinian parrilla grills,
rotisseries, wood-burning ovens and suchlike. Over 500 bottles are on display in the formidable nine-metre bar, which dispenses draught negronis plus a raunchy line-up of ‘boozy juice’, pickle
backs and ‘X-rated shakes’ to get you primed for some juicy stateside hits. Pit-smoked chicken wings and spicy voodoo prawns with blue cheese dip make way for Nova Scotia lobsters, rare-breed
British steaks and finger-licking St Louis-style ribs – all served up by chatty staff. There's also live music every night at this fun feast.
Proof that big (500-700 covers on a Friday night) or informal (BBQ/crab shack) needn’t mean a thoughtless drinks list. From cocktails to Condrieu and shakes to Champagne, this list packs more of interest into its five pages than most other lists do in 50. The by-the-glass selection is short, helpful and food-friendly while the ‘full list’ is wide-ranging yet compact and, for Covent Garden, fairly priced. How many Southern grill venues, we wonder, offer reds from Etna or Croatia or Madeira by the glass…
With the original venue on the Kings Road, I've been meaning to venture over to Big Easy for quite some time now, though have never quite made it for many a various reason, including, but unfortunately not limited to, my fear of the Chelsea socialite and my woeful loathing of the District & Circle lines (sorry to all you Wimbledon dwellers!). Low and behold though, as I battled through the crowds of Covent Garden with my jaw clenched yesterday (hoping that our choice of a central location for the World Cup final wouldn't be our worst decision this year), Big Easy has infact recently landed in Maiden Lane.Before now, Maiden Lane has meant only the very sticky Canadian haunt, Maple Leaf (paying homage to poutine and wings!); an even stickier Jewel (let's not go there!), and my go-to central beer den, the Porterhouse (a multi-floored beer haven, not necessarily home to the best pub grub you've ever had, but absolutely brimming with brews from around the world and one of very few places I can rekindle my Cuban love fest with Palma Cristal!)...
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Stop two on my BBQ tour took me to Covent Garden's Big Easy Bar B.Q & Crabshack last Friday night. Ed was running a little late so I took myself inside and downstairs to the bar and quenched my thirst with a delicious raspberry mojito. The place was rammed and pumping. Big tables of big men had giant platters of ribs, smaller tables in the corner were overflowing with plates of food, waiters were either running around like crazy or struggling under the weight of their trays, and the queue of hungry diners snaked down the corridor. I camped out in the quieter bar tucked away under the stair until Ed arrived and we could brave the crowd and find our table together! The vibes very much reminded me very much of Bubba Gump Shrimp; not just the nautical, rope-heavy decor but the rowdy crowd and the larger-than-life portion sizes...
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To say that I wasn’t expecting much from Big Easy is an understatement on par with saying Stalin was a bit naughty – the pork ribs at at the original Chelsea branch were very average. I was therefore pleasantly surprised by the tender, fruity sweet bark of the St. Louis cut spare ribs. The thick, intimidating layer of fat held a lot of the mild smokiness, which verged on being too artificial at times, but was nonetheless pleasurable. Even so, the ribs teetered on outstaying their welcome. When ordered as part of the Taste-o-rama, you get three ribs which, along with the other meats, is a life threatening amount of flesh...
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The thought of barbecue meat for dinner always gets me excited but almost always ends inevitably in disappointment back home in the North West. Since my visit to the excellent Pitt Cue Co last year nothing I have had since has compared to it, let alone be fit enough to lace its boots. Therefore I was on the fence pre visit to the Covent Garden branch of Big Easy, not knowing what to expect.The restaurant is spread over two floors and we were led to the basement where huge smokers and grills on display as you descend the stairs, so far so good with huge slabs of slow cooking meat on show. I don't tend to pay attention to surroundings and decor and even less so here as I was just looking forward to some ribs. It was quite dark in the basement with dark wooden fixtures and fittings. The wall behind us was filled with various business cards of customers, I strategically placed mine over a competitors from my profession...
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My good friend A wanted to check Big Easy's sophomore restaurant in Covent Garden for her post-birthday tete-a-tete. Quite apt, because I honestly think everyone should have steak or lobsters for their birthday.There was so much buzz about the new opening so we tried to book a week in advance only to find out they were full. Walk-in status it is then. We arrived at 6.30 and the hostess told us we would be seated at 8.15pm the latest (they had to turn people away as the wait list was so long). I was ready to walk across the road for some sushi and yakitori but A really wanted to eat there, so despite the massive protest from my hangry belly I cheerfully said "That's fine! We'll wait by the bar!" (God knows I needed a stiff one.)...
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American barbecue and seafood restaurant Big Easy Bar.B.Q & Crabshack is a relatively new addition to the Covent Garden restaurant scene. Housed in a former electrical power station, the place is huge and spread out over 2 floors. The décor is crab shack-meets-industrial, but it works.We popped in for lunch at around noon (coincidentally it was the 4th of July, Independence Day) and were fortunate to get a table without a reservation. The place did fill up quickly soon afterwards. I was really pleased that our servers were helpful and friendly. In fact, all of the staff were just fantastic!...
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If you have even glanced at The Big Easy's Twitter feed, you'll see that it has a legendary status amongst its devotees who post photos of plates (full and empty) of food hashtagged things like #gobig or #meatcoma.Previously, its only branch (on Kings Road) wasn't exactly my at end of town so I'd never quite made it over there. But they recently announced the opening of a new branch in Covent Garden, which is a lot more convenient for my East London-dwelling self...
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We really enjoyed our visit to the original Big Easy in Chelsea so when I heard they were opening one in Covent Garden (opposite Rules), I was moist with anticipation. The new place has got the same ethos; lobsters, pulled pork, ribs and so on but they’ve brought in a new chef (a chap from America) to take things up a gear.It’s a seriously big restaurant; I’m talking humungous. And that’s not the half of it; you’ll need some hiking boots and a bar of Kendal Mint Cake with you for the walk to the gents – it’s quite literally miles away...
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After another invigorating morning of dancing, I was really looking forward to getting my lobster fix at Big Easy in Covent Garden.The original Big Easy located on Kings Road was opened 22 years ago, inspired by the 19th century crab shacks and Bar.B.Q. of the American Gulf Coast.With its new second home in Covent Garden that opened in February, it has become more easily accessible to those yearning for more of London's American dining scene. Formerly an electrical power station built in 1883, the restaurant which measure 10,000 sq ft and set over 3 floors has retained much of the original building aesthetics. We started off with some drinks at the bar, and a rather impressive bar it was... Stretching over 9 metres in length and boasting over 500 bottles!There are also purpose built cocktail machines that dispense frozen slushies and other cocktails. I've always wondered how they remember where the different bottles of spirits are located.Then again, it's probably the same way I can remember where each drug is located in the pharmacy!| Old Fashioned | 'X-rated shakes'...mmm... The menu is based around Bar.B.Q. pork and beef cuts rare breed British steaks and fresh local seafood.We all opted for different individual lobster dish options.Their lobsters are sourced from the icy waters of Nova Scotia, which are flown in 3 times a week, with this branch housing more than 2000 live lobsters.Each of us were handed a plastic bib - knowing me, things were definitely going to get messy... | Lobster Fest |- Whole fresh lobster served with fries, house salad & a free slushie cocktail or ice cold 'Big Easy Brew' (ale or lager) -Compared to Burger & Lobster, this sounds like a better deal considering you get a drink included as well, all for the price of Â£20. | Lobster Salad | | Lobster Bake |- From their Wood Burning Oven: Half 1.5 lb lobster, peel 'n' eat jumbo shrimp, mussels, crab claws & new potatoes, hot 'n' spicy or garlic white wine sauce -This was my dish...and I didn't hesitate to get down and dirty with my hands as I wrestled each and every part to get some juicy meat!Both my hands were smothered in juices as I used the lobster claw cracker and pick to extract the meat from those hard-to-get places - I felt like one of those chimpanzees fishing for ants and termites with their sticks. I think I also had some sauce dribble down my chin in between, and my bib was as messy as that of a one year old child... - definitely not somewhere I'd bring a first date!Or any date for that matter. Unless it was their ...'thing'...Okay, that sounds a bit gross now that my mind has started to process it, I'm going to stop that thought now.Just LOOK at that plate... And even better...everything that we had was 50% off! (excluding the drinks at the bar)Which meant that my Lobster Bake came up to less than a tenner - BARGAIN!For those interested to grab this offer, you have until 17th April to book a table by telephone and quoting the newsletter. The offer is apparently available from Monday to Friday between 12noon to 6pm, and Sundays after 6pm - but always best to double check.I probably still need some time to recover from yesterday, but I'd be happy to go back.Besides serving great food, they also have live music playing 7 nights a week, with 2 or 3 sets nightly, for those who are into the music scene.Address: 12 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7NATel. No.: 0203 728 4888Opening hours: 12:00-23:00 (Mon - Sat) ; 12:00-22:30 (Sun)The Cheekster, signing out x
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Since the Big Easy opened its Covent Garden branch it’s become a bit of a regular haunt, serving hearty American style food inspired by 19th century crab shacks and BBQ of the Gulf Coast. Of all the dishes I’ve tried, the crab shack combo picture above has been my favourite by far. The dish comes with shrimps, crab claws, mussels, clams and new potatoes in a creamy garlic wine sauce, enough to satisfy a serious shellfish craving! The battered jumbo shrimps and calamari were both deliciously crispy fried in a light batter, not to mention their large American sized portions! On a separate visit I had the lobster fest, the lobster came with fries, salad, garlic butter and a cocktail. Again the seafood did not disappoint, it was cooked to a perfect degree and I only wish I’d ordered a larger size from the black board options...
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Getting to the Big Easy on a Friday night reminded me why I always try to avoid eating in Covent Garden. It’s a certain type of tourist who crowds to this part of London. A bit like the ones who go to Camden. What exactly is it they are going to see? The central arcade is boring after 2 minutes, just like the trashy Camden market is. Instead they all just crowd around snapping photos of everything and getting in the way of the unfortunate Londoners who have somewhere to get to. Big Easy fits perfectly into the Covent Garden mould. It’s huge for one, and also the perfect mix of completely false with quite trendy. It’s very much like Balthazar in this respect, another restaurant in the area which is trying to be the authentic New York-French brasserie, and has spent millions trying to achieve this look, but in the end just falls short...
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Building on the success of its original Chelsea site, Big Easy has brought its brand of American BBQ more central with a new site in Covent Garden. All in all, a good addition to the CG food scene or rather it will be once it irons out the remaining kinks. For now, it feels a bit like the second spot is trading on the rep of the original and it remains to be seen if it can live up to its older sibling.The décor and general atmosphere leans more towards the whiskey and ribs joint found down in Texas rather than the crabshack theme in the original and the menu follows suit with plenty of BBQ choices and one hell of an impressive whiskey selection. On the whole, the staff are friendly and welcoming although lean a tad away from professional when out of immediate sight (though not hearing) of customers...
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Barbeque is given a fresh injection of life at the new branch of Big Easy in Covent Garden. This is thanks to its newly acquired talent in the kitchen – Kenny Callaghan and Pete Daversa, formerly of the celebrated Blue Smoke and Hill Country Barbecue Market of New York. Their BBQ offensive is a clear winner from the get go, with the essence of slow smoked meat in the air and the grim satisfaction that can only be had by consuming a lot of melted fat and singed flesh.The sheeny surface of a sharing steak is characterized with the appropriate marks of a BBQ...
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It was Big Easy’s founder, Paul Corrett who threw open the original King’s Road Crabshack and shared his love for all things American and his desire to offer ‘Good food, served right.’ Fast forward twenty years and the Covent Garden branch is finally ready to rock and lobster roll, and finally that invite arrived.The new restaurant is in the original home of the Charing Cross & Strand Electricity Supply Corporation (click here for a history lesson.) Where as the original Big Easy modelled itself on simple a Gulf Coast crabshack, the new one is a lot more refined, the King’s Road branch looks like it evolved whilst Covent Garden was designed. Very well designed. Many of the Victorian power station’s features have been kept, the copper conduits, heavy girders, exposed brickwork and concrete floors all remain. And industrial lighting, planked walls and aged leather chairs and banquets have been added. The two bars are spectacular, hundreds of bottles backlit for a stunning effect...
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Plaid Boy flew to London wanting to try Big Easy after I raved about the lobster bake I had last month. I was happy to oblige.Of course, we had to have some good ol' Yamazaki while waiting for our table and for our favourite (wholesome) threesome dining date, G. 15 minutes later (as opposed to the two-hour wait last time), we were escorted to our table and were given menus.Our food arrived and it felt like Christmas morning in big ol' Texas. The table was covered with plates and trays of barbecued meat and baked seafood...
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Big Easy opened a new restaurant near Covent Garden on Maiden Lane few weeks ago. I wasn't sure it will be the perfect place to have lunch for me as I am allergic to crab and I heard their signature dish is crab. But I am very lucky they do lobster too! I went for lunch with a friend, we both shared a grand appetizer, it has Voodoo chicken wings, pit smoked chicken wings, hush puppies, calamari and deep fried jumbo shrimp.I really enjoyed every thing in this platter, all sauce goes very well with everything. My favourite dish in this platter was deep fried jumbo shrimp, they were perfectly cooked, kind of juicy...
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Walking in, its clearly a much bigger space than its Chelsea sister but the atmosphere and decor is very similar I particularly loved the bar with its endless bottles. The even had a sink out to wash your buttery, lobster covered mitts in. We grabbed a drink at the bar as we waited for our table. Strawberry Daiquiris with cinnamon sprinkles. Those faces say it all really.
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