A Birthday Meal @ Big Easy Covent Garden

Saturday, 17 January 2015

For Danny's birthday meal we headed to Big Easy in Covent Garden. An American restaurant that I'd been hearing about non stop recently, so we had to give it a go.

For starters we had the Deep Fried Voodoo Shrimp and it was great! Huge pieces of battered shrimp with a side of hot sauce and blue cheese. I didn't try the hot sauce but the blue cheese was great! and I don't even like blue cheese! 

For drinks I ordered the Strawberry Daiquiri Slushie and Danny went for the Miami Vice which was a Pina Colada Slushie with a Strawberry Daiquiri Slushie on top, literally. Both drinks were fantastic! Proper cocktails where you could actually taste the alcohol rather then a just cup of purees and juice. The only issue was Danny's Pina Colada half of his drink was quite chunky and wouldn't come up through the straw. So we left it to stand until it melted a bit and then it was fine.

The decor is great. It's a really fun restaurant with a brilliant theme that spreads throughout the whole venue from the entrance to the bathrooms. I can't fault them on appearance! The fridges behind the bar menus was a great touch too. As a former bartender I thought that was brilliant use of space.

The mains arrived and were huge. You definitely get your moneys worth! Danny went for the Lobster Fest and I went for the Taste-O-Rama which was a mix of Pit-Smoked Bar.B.Q Chicken, Dry-Rubbed St Louis Pork Ribs and Carolina Pulled Pork. Basically a mini buffet of meat and lots of sauce for dipping! Sound's like my perfect meal right? Well, think again...

The sauce was so spicy! Like I could not actually eat my food spicy, as were the beans. Huge disappointment as there was no warning of this. I attempted to salvage some of my meal by asking for mayo for dipping but it just wasn't working out. The meat was too dry to eat without sauce and the BBQ sauce tasted like a heap of hot sauce was mixed in. I thought it was just me but Danny agreed that the sauce was deceivingly spicy and I ended up not eating my meal as after the first few bites my mouth was burning.

I got to taste some of Danny's lobster and it was so good! If we return I'll be ordering only seafood as both the shrimp and lobster were great. I ended up just eating some of Danny's chips which were crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside and tasted like tiny bites of heaven. I also ate a side of red skin mash potato which was AMAZING (a total must have!) and a little pot of coleslaw which for american style slaw really wasn't too bad. Most American style slaw tastes like crap, I'm not even going to try and be polite about it, Americans just cant make coleslaw the way us Brits can!

It's worth a visit. There's a really fun vibe, great decor and tasty cocktails. But if you're not into spicy food stay away from anything involving their signature BBQ sauce or you may end up being let down and envying your fellow diners who went for seafood dishes. At £75 for 2 mains 1 starter and 2 drinks it's not the cheapest place in town, but for special occasions it'll be a fun night.

If you've been before let me know what you think! Especially about the BBQ sauce. I cant help but feel like I was served a bad batch as I've never had BBQ sauce (and beans) that spicy.

Until next time, J xx

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