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Orleans has been known as the Big Easy for years, so you know what to expect from a restaurant called Big Easy – a passion for big portions and big flavours. Located on the Kings Road, Big Easy specialises in Cuisine of the American Deep South – shrimp, lobster, barbecue and burgers and describes itself as ‘Deluxe crabshack dining’.

The atmosphere is lively and buzzing; the venue is half restaurant, half bar with live music so this is not the place to come for a quiet meal but makes it feel delightfully informal. The decor is shabby chic to look like the crab shacks of the Gulf coast with business cards pinned to the wall from previous diners. It certainly seems to attract a wide cross section of customers!

We expected the portions to be large, but what we ordered took our breath away. We started with the Grand Appetiser Plate for two which could have easily served six. Mountains of crispy deep fried calamari, fiery Voodoo chicken wings and crispy breaded chicken tenders served alongside stuffed potato skins and our personal favourite, deep fried jalapeño peppers stuffed with cream cheese, all underneath oceans of nachos and prawn crackers. This could have easily been a meal on it’s own, it’s never a good sign when you have to loosen your belt before the main course!

They say everything is bigger and better in the States, but they would have trouble serving larger portions than what was to come next – you know you’re in for a treat when the waitress gives you a bib to wear. The whole Atlantic crab was over 2lb in weight and roughly the same size as a small family car. Served in the shell alongside nutcrackers, half the enjoyment is getting at the soft white meat, the other half is savouring it.

We’ve said before that the secret to the perfect Sunday roast is the gravy and we can now confirm that the secret to the perfect barbecue is the BBQ sauce. The half chicken/half rack of ribs combo plate comes smothered in sweet, smoky sauce and both and tender and moist. Served with beans and coleslaw, there’s no need to order fries on the side, you’d be doing well to finish everything on the plate already. They describe it as ‘the only BBQ worth coming back for’ – they might just be right.

The service is friendly and welcoming and the food is both quantity and quality. Just take our advice and skip lunch before you eat here.

332-334 Kings Road SW3 5UR