Big Easy (Covent Garden)

12 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 7NA - View on a map
Telephone: 020 3728 4888

Big Easy (Covent Garden) Restaurant In London
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Overall 4.6
Food 5.0
Service 4.7
Atmosphere 4.7
Value 4.0
Based on 3 reviews

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Following the success of the King's Road original, the Big Easy team have opened a second restaurant in Covent Garden. The huge Maiden Lane site features a nine-metre long bar, two Texan smokers, a rotisserie spit, and two charcoal grills overseen by pitmaster Pete Daversa (ex-Hill Country, NYC). The kitchen team will be led by executive chef Kenny Callaghan, the former chef-partner of New York BBQ restaurant, Blue Smoke. Diners can feast on top quality barbecued beef and pork, Nova Scotia lobsters, cocktails, live music and more.

March 2014

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So....Great bar with great mixologists. Good front of house. Average service at the tables - tend to forget to take away things and you have to try to get their attention - especially as the night wears on and the place fills up.

The food is average. We had wings, crab, the BBQ platter/combo and 'Limitless' shrimp. The crab was great (but let's be honest, its quite hard to balls up boiling a crab). The BBQ chicken wings were a bit of a non-event - bland really. BBQ meat was a bit dry and had been over-smoked. The meat was not soft and did not fall away from the bone as one expects with good BBQ. The BBQ beans were unpleasant - very sour. The BBQ sauce was also overly sour. The coldslaw was okay but tasted of cream cheese for some bizarre reason - wasn't unpleasant but was just a bit off-putting.

The Limitless Shrimp (a Tuesday event) was a nonsense. They serve 8 large shrimp in a basket with chips and coleslaw. The chips aren't great - reminded me of oven chips. The shrimp were great - big and juicy in a light crisp batter. However, upon asking for a refill - its Limitless Shrimp night after all (for £18), I had to wait 15mins for the waiter to return with 3 shrimp. I thought maybe this was just a 'glitch' in the kitchen, so ordered again from a different waiter.....nope, another 15minute wait and another 3 shrimp brought to the table. It transpires this is policy. So, in actual fact the Limitless Shrimp deal for £18 is utterly disingenuous - its irritating in the extreme to have to eat 3 shrimp and wait 15mins for another 3 shrimp every time when you've come to feast on the little blighters! Not to mention impractical - I'd have been there all night to have my fill. So, I didn't pay for the limitless shrimp and to give them their due, they agreed to only charge me £8. The waitress was in complete agreement it was a stupid policy though - management need to wise up.

On balance, there are better BBQ places and better seafood places in London. I'd go back to the bar but I'd eat elsewhere in the future.
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Vavau
Overall rating 4 stars
Food 5 | Service 4 | Atmosphere 4 | Value for money 2
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

We were all served starters separately, 2 had mussels which were stone cold and then reheated, not a good idea with seafood. They were sent back yet again. Three had steaks, one without chips as requested. Two steaks were cold, one was incorrect and not what was ordered. Again they were sent back. Half our party ate their main courses while the other waited for the steaks which came back, one being incorrect again. Two hours after arriving, our steaks appeared but to be honest by then, we had lost any appetite and were completely amazed by the woeful service, dreadful food and complete lack of any professionalism. We are all in our 50's, are not quick to judge but cannot say anything other than how unbelievably bad this 'Restaurant' is....DO NOT waste your time, effort and money. AVOID!!!
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Overall rating 0 stars
Food 0 | Service 0 | Atmosphere 0 | Value for money 0
Sunday, June 22, 2014

Went there on the 29/3/14 for a birthday treat. We had been to The Chelsea one which was cramped. This new big easy was wonderful. The food was good, promptly served and the staff were friendly and accommodating.. we weren't rushed at all which made us spend more !!!!! Would highly recommend for meat and seafood lovers who want decent portion size. Remember what you don't eat you can take home !!!!!!!!
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Christine
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 10
Sunday, April 06, 2014

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