(The Commodores) – The Big Easy, Canary Wharf
I was due to meet some Kit & Elaine for lunch at Canary Wharf; recently they’d mentioned enjoying drinks at The Big Easy, and it was their recommendation that encouraged me to enjoy an excellent lunch at The Big Easy in Maiden Lane, Covent Garden.
The Canary Wharf branch is located at the top of the new Crossrail Garden, we arrived slightly early for our lunchtime booking, but there was a queue of around fifty people ahead of us.
The greeter reminded us that we only had the table for two hours, I’d already been reminded the previous day when they’d confirmed my booking by phone. A bit over the top for a Wednesday lunchtime, methinks.
The décor is very similar to the Covent Garden restaurant, all industrial heritage, and reclaimed wood. That works in a former Victorian power station, it works less well in a plaza that’s less than a year old.
We were shown to our table and presented with a selection of menus, after reading through we decided to try the Express Lunch, a main course or appetiser, with a drink, for a tenner. Guaranteed to be at your table within fifteen minutes or it’s free.
I ordered the ’Home-Smoked Bar.B.Q Taste-O-Rama’ – which comprised “Brisket, Pulled Pork, Chicken, Pork Rib, Texas Link, Beans, Slaw and Cornbread” – with a ‘house’ Beer, my friends ordered a ‘Double Bacon Cheeseburger’ and ‘Chilli Dog’ with house beer and Prosecco respectively.
The food arrived just within the guaranteed fifteen minutes and was, frankly, delicious. My ‘Taste-O-Rama’ was really tasty, everything was simply delicious, although once again I didn’t manage the cornbread.
Kit & Elaine reported their dishes to be equally delicious.
Elaine ordered a single dessert (an extra course costing £2 on top of the standard tenner deal, a third course would be another £3) and a couple of pints of Heineken for Kit and I at a fiver a pint. Add an ‘optional’ 12.5% service charge and the final bill came to just under fifty quid which, for a delicious and filling lunch for three – within a stone’s throw of Canary Wharf – was excellent value.
I’ve written before that there are there are more than a hundred and fifty restaurants in the Canary Wharf campus, I wouldn’t have a problem going back to The Big Easy.