REVIEW: The Big Easy, London, W1

I was ridiculously excited about trying this restaurant after hearing really good things about it from people I know and seeing it massively bigged up on Trip Advisor as well.

The Big Easy has been open for 15 years and models itself on the simple crabshacks that popped up all over the American Gulf Coast in the 1900s… simple the decor and concept may be but it’s actually in one of the most salubrious areas of West London and very nice it is too.

About 15 minutes down the Kings Road from Sloane Square tube station it’s not an unpleasant walk at all but we opted to get public transport back due to the enormous food babies we both aquired during our visit!

The only negatives I’d seen in the reviews were the fact that it was stressed to you at the start that you only had an hour and a half for your “sitting” and also that the proximity of the tables to each other was almost claustrophobic.  We were seated immediately with no suggestion that there might be a time limit on our stay, but, the table we were given was almost excruciatingly close to the one beside it.  I spotted a free table (with loads more room) in the bar area and asked one of the waitresses if it we could sit there and she moved us immediately.

We’d already scoured the menu on the website so we knew what we were having.  They do a variety of specials, dependent on the day of the week, that day (Thursday) was steak and lobster night. Sirloin steak, whole steamed lobster, fries, salad and a frozen margarita or beer… for £19.50.  So ridiculously cheap we thought there had to be a catch.
To start we had the Grand Appetizer Platter for 2 Which included “voodoo” chicken wings,  stuffed Jalapeño peppers, calamari, chicken tenders, loaded potato skins, corn chips, prawn crackers, all of which were delicious, and a selection of to die for dips. (Apologies for the poor quality of the photos, but you get the general idea).

For those of you that know Mr P&P and I you’ll know that we made short work of that little lot….

Our waitress was absolutely charming, I wish I’d asked her name now cos I’d post it on here, she was attentive, gently made suggestions for extras but with no pushy sales techniques that are prevalent in so many restaurants and made sure our glasses were never empty.  She even tied our lobster bibs on for us!

Unbelievably this was Mr P&P’s first time eating lobster and it certainly didn’t disappoint.  The steak was larger than I’d anticipated and cooked to perfection and the fries and salad were really generous sized portions.  With the price being SO reasonable I was kind of anticipating a compromise on either quality or portion size so I was more than pleasantly surprised!

For the first time in the history of our relationship neither of us had room for a dessert.  Well actually, I quite fancied the “sharing icecream sundae” but would have had to have consumed it unaided so I passed, we both agreed that we would starve ourselves all day the next time we visit so we can manage all three courses!

I can usually find some sort of fault somewhere with a restaurant and I suppose if there was a gun to my head and I HAD to be pernickety the only (tiny) negative was the volume of the music… but maybe that’s just me being old before my time! Other than that it was a 10/10, I would, and have, recommend it to everyone and I can’t wait to go back.

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3 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    January 12, 2012 / 1:24 pm

    I was all excited at the start of that article Rose, having seen the resto's sign, but looking at the photos (and allowing for lack of light/proper camera) it just doesn't look as fabulous as you are reporting! xP

  2. January 12, 2012 / 2:00 pm

    I can assure you it absolutely is! All of the platter was outstanding, quite standard "sharing platter" offerings but made spectacular by the way they were cooked and the quality of the ingredients. I am ULTRA fussy when it comes to restaurants but this honestly didn't disappoint me in any way whatsoever. The photo quality doesn't do the food justice, we were sitting at a high bar table so I couldn't take the photo from a proper angle and TBH was more concerned with the getting down to eating the food as I hadn't inteded to do a blog post, I just felt I had to due to how good it was! I will be returning, with my proper camera (not my phone) in tow so I will do a follow up post with better photos and hopefully confirming that my positive experience wasn't just beginner's luck x

  3. January 12, 2012 / 2:57 pm

    Love this place – always amazing food!

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