Friday, July 25, 2008

The Big Easy, Chelsea

I love The Big Easy and it had been far too long since my last visit.  The opportunity to take someone who had never been was perfect.

We arrived half an hour before the 7pm booking and sat at the tall wooden tables for a frozen margherita (2 for 1 during happy hour).  The staff are great in there - friendly and competent.  They led us to our table but there was another, tucked away in the corner on the raised platform, that we preferred.  Not a problem.

They came back for our order shortly and we chose to share a starter - golden chicken tenders - and for mains I chose surf and turf (8oz strip sirloin with four shrimp) and James the chicken lux - grilled chicken breast with bacon, cheese and guacamole in focaccia with fries.
The starter was beautiful - four skewers of chicken, breaded and crisp fried.  They weren't greasy and the chicken was falling off the stick it was so tender.  They also came with some tasty nachos and a honey mustard dip.  There was more than enough to share
The main courses were similarly good: James's burger was generous and delicious (I can vouch for the fries too!) and my steak was cooked exactly as requested, topped for four huge, juicy shrimps butterflied and skewered.  Homemade creamy coleslaw and big onion rings sealed the deal.  I would have loved a pudding but as too often is the case, I was just too full!
Throughout the evening the waiter enquired about the food and offered drinks.  A live singer provided a great background of country and western music.
Lovely lovely night.

Two courses and two cocktails: £28 per head

Value: 8/10

Service: 8/10

Atmosphere: 9/10

Food: 8/10

SCORE: 33/40

The Big Easy Bar.B.Q and Crabshack, 332-334 Kings Road, London, SW3 5UR.  Tel: 020 73524071.

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