Monday 3 March 2008

Review - Big Easy

[Disclaimer: I know that the pictures accompanying this post isn't all that sharp when you click on them and zoom in. I had to pap them in the restaurant so the quality and sharpness is lacking a bit but they do give you a bit of an idea of what the dishes looked like.]

Yesterday I tried out Big Easy on Kings Road in London. Here's my review...

The exterior

I was tasked with finding a nice restaurant to chill in after some shopping. Once I found the site for Big Easy I knew I had to try it.

Since it was mothers day I thought it might be a good idea to book a table. Normally I don't bother booking but this time it was needed. When we turned up the place was packed. We had to wait for our table, which wasn't that much of a hardship since we sat in the bar.

Once our table was cleared and re-plated we sat down and started study the menu. Since I like to be prepared I had already downloaded it from their site and was pretty clear over what I wanted. My dining companion had soon decided too.

Detail from the interior

I couldn't make my mind up over which of two starters I wanted the most so I decided to go for both. My first choice was half a dozen of fresh shucked Pacific oysters. They came served on an iced platter with shallot vinaigrette and Tabasco. As oysters go, these were up there with the best I've had. The vinaigrette had a nice bite and the Tabasco added some heat.

The second starter was Florida Jonah Crab Claws. They were steamed and was served chilled with a house made honey mustard dipping sauce. It was the first time I tried really chilled crab and I must say that I was very pleasantly surprised. The subtle flavors of the crab set off very nicely against the dipping sauce.

Crab claws

My companion selected the Voodoo Chicken Wings that came with aged blue cheese dip. We both agreed that these were probably among the best, if not the best, chicken wings we've ever tried. They were cooked until crispy and with a nice hot bite to them. The blue cheese dip worked beautifully to accentuate the flavors.

Voodoo Chicken Wings

It was tough to decide between the different mains but in the end we had to make a decision. My poor cohort went for the 8oz/225g Wagyu Rump Steak with creamed mashed & whipped potatoes. The meat was so tender that you could just put your fork on it and it slowly cut through the meat. It both looked and tasted excellent. The mashed potatoes was another highlight. I think the quote from my friend was: "If I could eat this off myself I would do it". Smutty? Perhaps, but honest and true. ;)

Wagyu Steak

I found the Double Thick Cut T-Bone Porterhouse on the menu and just had to go for it. The fact that it weighed in at 32oz/900g was a bit scary, but fear is good at times! As usual I was a bit worried how much the kitchen could screw up a order of blue steak. No need to worry, the steak was perfectly cooked. Or not cooked since it was perfectly blue. The steak wasn't as beautifully tender as the Waguy steak of my dining partners but it had a very 'steaky' flavor. A manly steak if I ever seen or tasted one. It was hard work but I managed to finish it, together with the basket of fries that I ordered with it. The fries was crisp and flavorsome so there was nothing to complain about with them either.

32oz/900g of the steakiest steak you can imagine

Both steaks came with lettuce and onion rings. The lettuce was crisp and had been dressed with a vinegar based dressing that wasn't bad nor anything special. Normally I get disappointed with onion rings but these were cooked to almost perfection. They had a nice crispy coating and the onion itself was also crispy.

Drinks? They had a nice selection of cocktails for the women or the limp wristed. They had a respectable list of bottled beers, of which I went for an old favorite - Dos Equis.

By now you might have figured out that I really enjoyed this restaurant. It was quite cramped, very busy and a bit chaotic at times. Something that made me like it even more. The food was amongst the best I've ever had in England and the overall experience was of the highest class. The only thing I must warn you about is that it is located on Kings Road in Chelsea and that is reflected a bit in the prices. But as a special treat? It's well worth it!

Mikey's verdict: Go there and try it, you won't regret that decision!

1 comment:

  1. Mmmmmm... num num mashed potato, so should've asked for a doggy bag for them...
    Drool... have to go back...


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