Big Easy: Go big or go home – Texan BBQ & seafood in Covent Garden

Familiar with the phrase “Go big or go home“?  Big Easy embodies this.  I hit the Covent Garden branch, set inside the former electrical power station that used to power the bright lights of the West End, for dinner last week.
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Big Easy Bar.B.Q and Crabshack is so American – so Texan, in fact – with supersized portions of fresh-smoked barbecue and sea food, washed down with plenty of bourbon.  The bar is impressively stocked, boasting over 500 bottles on nine levels, with a whiskey focus.
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Discovering they served Four Roses bourbon Old Fashioneds on tap (£8.50) was the first gold star for me – it tasted damn good, and cutting out the never-ending stirring step in favour of the ‘on tap’ version meant my liquor reached the table that much faster.
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The spacious interior honours the building’s heritage, maintaining original brickwork, steel girders and concrete, and adding huge industrial pendant lights, huge hanging sheriff-style stars, neon lobster lights and tonnes of Americana.
Big Easy: Texas-style BBQ & seafood in Covent Garden | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? London bar & restaurant recommendations
Big Easy: Texas-style BBQ & seafood in Covent Garden | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? London bar & restaurant recommendations
Big Easy: Texas-style BBQ & seafood in Covent Garden | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? London bar & restaurant recommendations
In the kitchen, there are a couple of massive Argentinean-style charcoal grills, rotisserie spits large enough for whole hogs and a gigantic wood burning oven, plus a dedicated barbecue pit housing two 1.5 tonne smokers imported from Texas (complete with oak, hickory, apple and cherry woods for smoking).  Since Big Easy puts a focus on crustaceans too, there’s also a specially designed lobster tank that can house almost 2000 live 10lbs lobsters.  I did tell you this place was larger than life!
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And the menu really is all about meat and lobster – fine cuts, rare-breed steaks and fresh seafood.  Richard’s questionably named Taste-O-Rama! platter  (£22) featured pit-smoked BBQ chicken, dry rubbed St Louis pork ribs, Carolina pulled pork, Texas sliced slow-smoked brisket, BBQ pit-smoked beans and slaw.  It was certainly meat-sweat-inducing stuff.
Big Easy: Texas-style BBQ & seafood in Covent Garden | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? London bar & restaurant recommendations
Big Easy: Texas-style BBQ & seafood in Covent Garden | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? London bar & restaurant recommendations
We’d lined our stomachs with some excellent Voodoo chicken wings (£9) and deep fried Pickle Chips (£6.50), so after our massively meaty mains, there was sadly no room for pudding – the baked cheesecake, Red Velvet, and “Boozy Soft Serve” (with a double measure of Tennessee bourbon in every serving!) will have to wait till next time.
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In the Quality vs Quantity debate, Big Easy is managing to win on both fronts.  Portion size could certainly be cut by about a third – and the prices with it – but the quality is there.  In a relaxed, loud and vibrant setting, these guys are going big all round – and diners’ waistbands are likely to do the same!
Big Easy: Texas-style BBQ & seafood in Covent Garden | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? London bar & restaurant recommendations
Two-course dinner for two including service but not drinks is around £75.
Big Easy
12 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, WC2E 7NA