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The Big Easy Restaurant, Chelsea

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by John Burns (subscribe)
I am a writer and teacher, out and about in the world but with Nottingham never far from my heart.
Published September 16th 2012
Delicious food, unpretentious atmosphere and fun times
Despite being one of the most intensely flavoured, instantly recognisable and downright tasty of all the world cuisines, cajun is also one of the most often overlooked. Head out in search of a cajun restaurant and you're likely to be disappointed. However, The Big Easy on Kings Road is on a mission to put that right.

Don't let the Chelsea address fool you; The Big Easy is a world away from the posh frocks, snooty doormen and exclusive reservation lists associated with some restaurants in the area. Both types of establishment serve lobster, but only one will serve that lobster with fries and beer by the bottle.

With a name that conjures up images of New Orleans, the Mississippi and the Deep South, any preconceptions you had of The Big Easy are instantly confirmed upon entry. Festooned with authentic cajun decoration and Americana curios, the Big Easy's décor sets the scene beautifully for the food that is on offer here.

Despite the delightfully ostentatious surroundings, it is the food that takes centre stage here. Barbeque smoked baby back ribs, fine Scottish steak and filet mignon are just three of the menu's many highlights, and all score big with the restaurant's adoring clientele. Cajun, southern and even Mexican flavours are all found here in abundance.

My personal favourite? The Big Easy's famous chargrilled fajitas; particularly on Wednesdays when the 'all you can eat fajitas' challenge is laid down. Served sizzling at your table, The Big Easy's fajitas come stuffed with chicken, steak, shrimp or vegetables, as well as shredded cheddar cheese, spicy salsa, guacamole and a whole range of other delicious fillings.

At £14.95 including a free Jose Cuervo margarita or ice cold beer, who gets the best deal depends on how many fajitas you can put away. Great food, great fun, highly recommended.
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Why? Excellent food, unpretentious dining
When: Monday to Thursday 12 noon - 11pm; Friday & Saturdays 12 noon - 12.00am; Sunday 12 noon - 10.30pm
Phone: 020 7352 4071
Where: 332-334 Kings Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5UR
Cost: All you can eat fajitas - £14.95; 1 1/4lb lobster - £14.95. Other offers available
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