Photography by Chris Osburn
If you like your grub served in a rockin' (eg too loud for quality convo) “crabshack” atmosphere, Big Easy is the place for you.
Londonist ambled down the King's Road last night to have a taste of this Deep South kitsch eatery's Daily Lobster Festival. For £14.95, diners can feast on a half kilo of Maine lobster, French fries and salad with a Jose Cuervo Gold frozen margarita. The fries and salad were okay while the margarita was mediocre. But the sustainably sourced and rather plump lobster was delicious!
During our crustacean-y din-din, Londonist sampled some “Voodoo” chicken wings as well as the chef's special lobster gazpacho. The chicken wings were tasty (but not nearly as hot as our friendly waitress warned). The lobster gazpacho just seemed like a waste of good meat. The cold tomato soup served with some tortilla chips was decent enough but the delicate flavour of the lobster drowned in the mix. Still, any misgivings yielded with the arrival of our succulent main from Maine.
Big Easy is the sort of place you'll either love or hate. Based on the full house of our Monday night visit, lots of folks seem to love it very much. With its “biggest and the best” AYCE Americana approach to face stuffing (one of the dessert dishes is a basket of four Krispy Kreme doughnuts with hot chocolate fondue), Big Easy leans heavily on the “more is more” philosophy when it comes to serving its patrons. We were glad to see the Big “E” didn't overdo it with the lobster.
£14.95 for a half kilo of lobster et al is good value in our book. If you're in the area, you could do a lot worse.
Big Easy is located at 332-334 King’s Road (SW3 5UR). Visit the restaurant online at www.bigeasy.uk.com.