332-334 Kings Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5UR
So I love BBQ and American food in general so this sounded right up my street. With all-you-can-eat specials Monday to Wednesday each week it didn’t take a great deal of persuasion to get me there.
Getting to Big Easy isn’t that easy compared to most places in London as it is a good 15 minute walk from either South Kensington or Sloane Square tube stations.
The place itself looks like it has been transported straight from the States with America music playing throughout and a relaxed atmosphere helped by the larger than life personality of some of the staff. The restaurant has a bar area as you enter and was busy despite us getting there at 7 on a week night. I fully recommend booking at any time which is easy to do online and they even call to verify your booking.
I have visited Big Easy on 3 occasions in the past 6 months and have enjoyed my visit on each occasion. Below is a brief review of each visit and I’ll update when I complete the all-you-can-eat set hopefully sometime soon.
Mondays – All-you-can-eat chicken and ribs (£15 including a small beer)
Mondays all-you-can-eat offering is chicken (on the bone) and ribs. Both were very tasty however the BBQ source is extremely rich and a little overpowering, especially after a little while. The quality is good however having been previously for fajitas (below) I didn’t think this was in the same league and despite being a big fan of both chicken and ribs I would rather visit Bodeans for this. I would imagine that the quality of both chicken and ribs off the main menu would be much better, it did feel a little like food that was being produced for the masses which is probably to be expected for a daily special however after the exceptional quality of the fajitas this wasn’t quite a good.
Overall reasonable quality food but the BBQ sauce is very overpowering.
Tuesdays – All-you-can-eat Shrimp (£15 including a small beer)
Wednesdays – All-you-can-eat Fajitas (£15 including a small beer)
With 3 choices – Steak, chicken and shrimp, eating far too much turned out to be very easy. When ordering you are asked which filling you would like first, I decided on steak and shrimp and Emma chose chicken so we quickly covered all bases.
The meat, peppers and onions come out on a sizzling plate that is accompanied by a basket of warm flour tortillas and a bowl of cheese, guacamole, salsa and sour cream. The quality of the food was excellent and the shrimps were a good size a very tasty (looking forward to going back for all you can eat shrimp sometime soon). Despite being full after the first round that easily made 3 fajitas each we ordered a second round of steak and chicken. The second round of meat came on a regular plate which was slightly disappointing but yet again the portion sizes were very generous and again came with a new basket of tortillas and guacamole, cheese, sour cream and salsa. Another 3 fajitas later each and we staggered out of the door full but very satisfied.
Overall exceptional value and excellent quality – we’ll be back another Wednesday for sure.
Thursdays – Lobster and steak (£19.50 including a small beer)
Having never eaten lobster straight from the shell I was both looking forward to trying but also a little concerned that I wouldn’t have a clue what to do! The lobster and steak deal is made up of a 1lb lobster, a 200gm sirloin steak and fries.
I wasn’t sure what to expect but was a little relieved when the food arrived and I saw that the lobster was cut in half making the whole experience much easier (although I would reluctantly admit that Emma was much more adept with the claw crackers than I was!). The lobster was really succulent, the steak (200g) which was cooked medium-rare as I asked for was very tasty and the fries we nice and crispy.
The lobster included in this deal is a 1 lb lobster, which on its own wouldn’t be enough for someone with an appetite such as mine but when part of a meal including a 200gm sirloin steak and fries was enough to fill me although unusually for me I did have a pudding on this visit, a very nice and generous sized chocolate fudge cake.
Overall I really enjoyed the lobster and steak deal and will be back again one Thursday night. My only complaint is that the deal is advertised including a small beer on the website but this never materialised for us, we have to take some blame for not asking (I didn’t know at the time) but it would have been nice had the staff brought this after we ordered.
I really like Big Easy, the food is great, the atmosphere is relaxed and the service is friendly although at times feels a little too rushed. With a new Covent Garden location coming this summer I will continue to be a regular customer and look forward to further visits.