Sorry for the radio silence - I managed not to blog at all in April which is some achievement, even for me... In my defence it is my birthday month and I was pretty busy! More on that later though...
We kicked off my birthday celebrations with a visit to Big Easy BBQ and Crabshack, newly opened in Covent Garden. I had never visited the other branch before and was really looking forward to sampling the food - they specialise in seafood and Deep South style barbecue- delish!
The restaurant itself is quite dark and cosy feeling despite the vast space, they even have a second bar on the basement level of the building. We were happily seated beneath a vast window though so we could fully appreciate the visions of meat being brought to our table!
Some people use the term "feast" too freely but I can assure you we truly partook of a feast that day... There were two Grand Appetiser platters to start, with voodoo chicken wings, calamari, jalapeños and a host of other delicacies. Jon and I didn't actually order these but ended up having to assist our friends as there was too much food! After stuffing ourselves with the starters we then had to somehow make room for the main course...
I ordered the jumbo deep fried shrimp basket with chunky chips - these were amazing and the shrimp were enormous, so much so that I couldn't empty the basket! The others ordered a couple of the huge BBQ platters, piled high with ribs, chicken and pulled pork. I sampled some of the pulled pork, and csn confirm it was to die for, just perfectly seasoned and melt-in-your-mouth. To go with these there was coleslaw and chips, although really you don't need sides with portions this big. You will need the helpfully provided bibs though - those ribs are sticky!
To quench our thirst we sampled the slushie cocktails which reminded me of the frozen cocktails I had in Epcot a couple of years ago, they were fabulously tasty and had little twists to make them taste even more exotic! Needless to say, we all ended the meal in a bit of a food coma, stuffed and unable to move...If you're a big BBQ fan and appreciate huge portions I would definitely recommend the Big Easy; however do bear in mind it is rather pricy, ours set us back around £70 per couple overall which we didn't really feel was reflective of the food. Saying that though, the service was good, we had a very knowledgable waiter who even offered to take our group photos for us! I would probably go back for the £10 lunch menus next time rather than the blowout meal, I just don't think I can afford that twice in one year but if you can't celebrate when it is your birthday then when can you!
Find them at bigeasy.co.uk - but make sure you don't eat anything beforehand if you want to clear your plate!
Love Dani xoxo