While trying to track down a good American BBQ joint in London (suggestions welcome) I stumbled across a lot of rave reviews for ‘Big Easy’. Situated on the Kings Road it was very very close so I pulled up the menu, I had a table booked within about ten seconds.
The premise is very simple – American crabshack in Chelsea – and the decor reflects that. On a Sunday evening it’s busy and the gentle strains from the live band downstairs add to the atmosphere rather than drowning it out. There’s a small bar with a dazzling array of margaritas (my sister assures me the passion fruit is spectacular) and a strong lineup of bourbons.
The food is very American – big, bold, brash and un-apologetic. Starters include potato skins, crab claws and jumbo shrimp. Mains consist of seafood or a variety of items from the BBQ, with ribs being a specialty.
Feeling decadent I went for the large lobster deal – £20 gets you a fresh 2lb lobster, sauce, side salad and chips. The all important plastic bib is included too.
The lobster was sublime – tender, buttery and helpfully laid out, with the minimum of demolition work needed to release the meaty goodness.
Throughout the evening the service was attentive and polite with courses arriving promptly despite the packed dining room. By 8pm there was a sizeable queue outside so booking is a must.
It was a great experience and I’ll definitely be going back – if only to attempt the enormous ribs and properly explore the very extensive wine list!