Big Easy Bar.B.Q & Lobstershack

Kings Road | London

Ribs ribs ribs! Think blues music, messy eating and frozen margaritas! Big Easy has long been my go to place for special occasions, or when friends have been in town, and now I get to tell the world about it!

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Big Easy have three sites in London; Kings Road (the original), Covent Garden and Canary Wharf. They each have their own style and individual touches. Kings Road (my favourite) has the look and feel of a rustic crab shack with wooden panelled walls and fishing nets strewn from the ceiling. Their signature ribs are baby back, coated in smokey BBQ sauce *salivating as I type*.

Covent Garden feels more like an exposed warehouse with a huge library of bottles on the bar (they even have the sliding ladders to reach the top shelves), whereas Canary Wharf has a New York loft apartment vibe – a result of the location I suppose. Both Covent Garden and Canary Wharf smoke and dry rub their ribs, they are also the bigger, longer ribs (ladder I think they are called).


All three restaurants have menus as big as a tourist map! A sample of my favourites can be seen below:

Starters:

Voodoo chicken wings, Jumbo shrimp, crispy calamari

Voodoo Chicken Wings!
Mains:

Full rack of ribs, Whole lobster, Lobster roll, BBQ combo (ribs, chicken, shrimp)

Whole Lobster
Full rack of ribs – heaven on a plate
Desserts: (I think I have only managed a dessert twice)

Waffles with chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream

Each weeknight features a ‘special menu’. For example, Monday – all you can eat BBQ, Tuesday – all you can eat fried shrimp, Wednesday – unlimited fajitas etc… They have also rolled out the infamous bottomless brunch at all three restaurants over the weekend! I believe it is available until 15:00 on both Saturday and Sunday and costs £29.50 – a bargain if you ask me! The brunch menu features all you can eat BBQ, or the option of a lobster or lobster roll and all you can drink Prosecco, Big Easy beer or frozen cocktail! Hell yes!

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This place is always busy! So don’t expect a table without a reservation – you’ll be disappointed! Meals can get a little pricey once you add starters, sides and drinks, but the best way around this is to book for brunch, order the nightly ‘special menu’ (which also comes with a free drink), or go for lunch or late night (after 22:00) when they have a £10 express menu!

On reflection:

Big Easy is the perfect place for a lively, fun filled, hands on dinner! Probably not so good for a first date, however a great place to go if visiting London, or if you have visitors. Like I said, Kings Road is my favourite as it feels more intimate and cosy, they also have live music most nights.

Live music at Kings Road restaurant
However you will not be disappointed if you go to one of the other sites (unless you particularly wanted the baby back ribs). Wherever you go, be prepared for the feeling of being so full you struggle to finish your plate, followed by the joyous meat sweats!! Awesome, amazing, wonderful!

Address:

Chelsea: 332-334 Kings Road, London, SW3 5UR

Covent Garden: 12 Maiden Lane, London, WC2E 7NA

Canary Wharf: Park Level, Crossrail Place, London, E14

 

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