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31 July 2014
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Big Easy Covent Garden

12 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7NA

£35.00 North American Covent Garden

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  • Wine: £15.00
  • Champagne: £41.00
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 12N-11pm (Fri-Sat -12M Sun -10.30pm)

Square Meal Review of Big Easy Covent Garden ?

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.

Wine List Of The Year Finalist

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…

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  1. Big Easy Covent Garden

    12 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7NA
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    Chris R.

    Bigger not always better...

        (3)

     
    • Food & Drink: 6
    • Service: 6
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 7

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  2. Big Easy Covent Garden

    12 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7NA
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    The Stranger

    How to destroy a winning formula

        (11)

     
    • Food & Drink: 1
    • Service: 1
    • Atmosphere: 1
    • Value: 1

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  3. Big Easy Covent Garden

    12 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7NA
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    Patrik

    Disappointment

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    • Food & Drink: 4
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 6

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  1. 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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  2. Published : Tuesday, 15th July 2014

    Nomface :: Big Easy, London

    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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Published : Monday, 9th June 2014

    Samphire and Salsify :: Big Easy, Covent Garden

    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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  6. Published : Tuesday, 27th May 2014

    Hungry Hungry Panda :: Big Easy Covent Garden

    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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  7. Published : Tuesday, 20th May 2014

    The Hungry Porker :: Big Easy, Covent Garden

    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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. Published : Saturday, 5th April 2014

    Not Quite Enough :: Big Easy London - Covent Garden

    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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  12. Published : Wednesday, 2nd April 2014

    Frenchy love food :: BIG EASY B.Q & CRABSHACK

    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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  13. 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...
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  14. 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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