Saturday hubby and I decided to visit Big Easy Bar.B.Q & Crab Shack in Covent Garden. With our impending US trip in less than 3 weeks we decided we needed to acclimatise our palates to American Fare. Plus we absolutely love BBQ, Seafood and American cuisine – this place had all 3.
We booked a table via TopTable.co.uk for 4pm, when we turned up we were promptly shown to our table. Note: if you have a big butt, lots of shopping or just puffy clothes the tables are tightly packed and you could end up dragging people’s dinner off their tables, or your clothes through their actual dinner. I was lucky that the table next to me was empty – not that I have a big butt mind (see my running posts as proof!)
The décor inside was great, very well designed and very in keeping with the crab shack feel, nice touch were the neon lobster signs in cages hanging from the ceiling. Music was a rousing mix of bluegrass, jazzy Americana, not too loud but enough to get your toe tapping.
I’d already spent a constructive afternoon before we booked looking at the menu to decide which cocktails to try, I’d whittled it down to 3 and started with the Margarita Slushie that consisted of Cabrito 100% agave white Tequila, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, Briottet orange liqueur, lime & white sugar. The tequila had quite a kick, but this was a nice refreshing start.
Hubby started with a Big Easy Larger, which was actually Scottish even with the name Harviestoun Schiehallion.
For food we decided to share some Deep Fried Voodoo Shrimp with Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce to start. The sauce was red and this confused me, couldn’t tell what it tasted like as was too scared to try too much in case it was spicy ;)
The prawns were good – juicy & tasty, a great way to start.
For main we decided to go seafood, as we do BBQ meat a lot, but we love Crab & Lobster too, so we opted for the Lobster Bake consisting of Half 1½ lb Lobster, Peel ‘n’ Eat Jumbo Shrimp, Mussels, Crab Claws & New Potatoes cooked in Garlic Sauce, and hubby had Crabshack Combo consisting of Peel ‘n’ Eat Shrimp, Crab Claws, Mussels, Clams & New Potatoes cooked in Hot ‘n’ Spicy Sauce. We also ordered a side order of Mash & Gravy – just because!
At this point I also ordered my second cocktail – Boozy Juice Calle 23 100% agave white Tequila with Watermelon juice, fresh-pressed at the bar.
When the main dish turned up it was a little overwhelming and I was worried I wouldn’t even make a dent. I shouldn’t have been concerned!
The Jumbo prawns were MASSIVE, the two in the dish would have been a meal in itself. Everything tasted great.
The plastic bibs came in handy given the amount of claws we had to crack.
Phill needs protection!
This dish was very reminiscent of paella, but it had new potatoes and it may have been good to offer rice as an option. The potatoes were the only thing I left.
We demolished the main course easily. Waiting staff were good at emptying the shell bowls, as we filled them to brimming!
When it came to dessert the menu was a little limiting with not a lot of choice, but this was a perfect excuse for cocktail number 3.
X-rated shake Grasshopper comprising of Mozart Dry chocolate spirit, Edmond Briottet mint liqueur, milk & chocolate ice cream.
This was delicious but it pushed me offer the edge from being pleasantly full to stuffed and I couldn’t finish it.
At just over £100 for a starter, 2 mains + a side, & 3 drinks each it wasn’t bad value. If I hadn’t had the cocktails it would have been super value, but not as fun!
Definitely plan to go back as there were lots of other exciting dishes to try – I have my eye on the Taste-O-Rama!
Note: if one of your male party need the toilet they may be gone for some time, apparently it’s halfway to china or something ;)
Big Easy Bar.B.Q & Crab Shack is located at 12 Maiden Lane, London, WC2E 7NA
Telephone 020 3728 4888
For reservations only – email firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday to Wednesday
Restaurant 12 noon – 11.30pm
Bar bites until 12am
Thursday to Saturdays
Restaurant 12 noon – 12.30am
Bar bites until 1am
Sunday 12 noon – 11pm