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|Address:||332-334 King's Road, London SW3 5UR|
|Tel:||020 7352 4071|
|Price: £44.00||Wine: £15.00||Champagne: £29.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 12N-11pm (Fri-Sat -11.30pm) (Sun -10.30pm)|
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The Big Easy on the King's Road reminded me and my girl friend of a “restaurant” we used to go to in the Middle East where we were always plied with tequilas aplenty thanks to the female-starved servicemen from the nearby American airbase: the same checkered, wipe-clean table clothes; same menu stuffed with BBQ ribs, slaw and skins, and battered seafood; same yeehaw-ing, humming, “we're on day leave, let's have beers!” atmosphere. Sadly (but not surprisingly) no airmen in this Chelsea version though. Despite the incongruous chi-chi location, this place is always filled and you'll wait 30 mins for a table for 2 even at 7pm on a Tuesday night so book ahead. I don't mind waiting in the cramped bar: it's buzzy, barmen are friendly and the waitresses make sure you get taken to a table as soon as it's available. The atmosphere is high-octane and there seems to be a live band on most evenings (stay upstairs to avoid your ears bleeding!). Service is “Have a Nice Day” friendly and you can grab one of many staff dashing around when you're ready to order food or more margheritas. The food is exactly what you'd expect: ribs were big, fat and juicy (but it's worth ordering the meatier ones); they don't mind substitutions if you want to swap slaw and salad for fries on the side if you're determined to eat a week's worth of calories in one sitting; jumbo prawns were indeed jumbo (although we would have liked a few more given we were sharing them as a starter). The daily deals (like all you can eat battered prawns with a drink) look good value and I'd probably go for one of those next time although the £25 a head bill we had was fair enough as it was (couple of beers, shared starter, enormous main). My neighbour's teenage kids tell me they insist on going here every birthday so it really is good, clean family fun for everyone. But I suspect you're welcome to get smashed on tequilas too if you bring your own servicemen.