Free lobster? Check.
Free crab? Check.
A massive 7ft lobster carved from ice? ….Check!
To celebrate the forthcoming launch of its Covent Garden restaurant (Coming February 2014), Big Easy will be hosting ice sculpting with oyster and crab tasting in Covent Garden Piazza for one day only on December 11th
A 7ft lobster will be sculpted over the course of the day, and will be complete by around 5pm. The Oyster Boys will be on hand to serve up complimentary fresh oysters and crab claws at lunchtime and in the early evening.
Budding photographers in the area will be welcome to get involved: anyone who tweets or Instagrams a photo of the lobster hashtagged with #thebiglaunch will be able to view their image at bigeasy.co.uk or on the Big Easy Facebook page.
Taking inspiration from its King’s Road sibling; Big Easy Covent Garden, when it opens next year, will offer a serious evolution of the beloved ‘crabshack’ in a more urban West End setting. The new venue will provide the most authentic, American fresh-smoked Bar.B.Q, seafood, cocktail and drinks offer in the UK.
In the kitchen will be the King of Bar.B.Q, executive chef Kenny Callaghan. Kenny’s reputation in the Bar.B.Q world precedes him but he is best known as the former chef partner of legendary New York restaurant ‘Blue Smoke’. Taking the coveted and key role of Pit Master will be Pete Daversa, former pit master at Hill Country Barbeque Market in New York. Pete has also worked at Blue Smoke BBQ (NYC and opened in Hong Kong). Big Easy Founder, Paul Corrett’s design vision has been overseen by industry heavyweights Macaulay Sinclair.
A central feature will be the striking nine metre theatre-style kitchen situated on the lower ground floor. Focus will be on a ‘wall of fire’, comprising two, 2.5 metre Argentinean-style parilla charcoal grills as well as a two-metre rotisserie spit that will roast whole hogs, and a huge 2.5 metre wood burning oven. A dedicated Bar.B.Q pit area will house two, 1.5 tonne J&R wood burning smokers imported from Texas where meats will all be freshly smoked on the premises using a variety of woods, including Oak, Hickory, Apple and Cherry, for up to 18 hours to impart their unique flavours.
The menu itself will be based around the finest Bar.B.Q pork and beef cuts, rare-breed British steaks and freshest local seafood. In addition, carefully sourced beef including Wagyu and USDA and traditional-breed pork will be showcased together with what Big Easy is also renowned for – the very best and freshest lobsters. The lobsters will be sourced all year round from Nova Scotia for their consistency, flavour and quality. And to top it all off they will have a specially designed 1500kg lobster tank that has been constructed on the premises to house almost 2,000 live lobsters!
Big Easy Covent Garden are getting serious about their drinks offering too: situated on the ground floor, will be a jaw-dropping, nine-metre bar, boasting over 500 bottles on nine levels with a focus on domestic and imported premium and American whiskeys, as well as rare tequila, rum, liquor and French and Spanish brandy. Imported, purpose built cocktail machines will dispense frozen Margaritas and other well loved cocktails as well as Manhattans and Old Fashioneds on tap. The bar list will also include ‘Boozy Juices’ and milkshakes with an alcoholic twist and a great list of craft beers including exclusive brews on tap.
We can’t wait for this addition to Covent Garden and if you cant either then definitely get your arse down to the piazza on December 11th for the event
The Piazza Covent Garden, London WC2E 8RB
For more info on the new restaurant and for a chance to win tickets to the opening check out their website