One of my favourite things right now is meeting up with Pink Julep blogger, Ashley, for our monthly catch-ups. We normally meet in the mornings over coffee. But when I was invited to review Big Easy’s lunch menu during Ashley’s birthday week, I knew that we had to move our morning natter to lunchtime.
Big Easy King's Road

Normally we talk about all things blogging, business and of course personal. But at some point during Ashley’s birthday eve lunch, I realised that I had completely switched off. There was no business involved. It was just pleasure. Perhaps it was the margarita or …
Margarita at Big Easy on King's Road

… the steak frites, which came as part of the set-menu we tried. But it was the first time I had grabbed a bite to eat at Big Easy and I was pleasantly surprised at how relaxing the place is during the day. I’ve been going to Big Easy for a long time, usually in the evenings or weekends. Never during the working day in the week. It wasn’t empty and the atmosphere was very chilled.

Steak frites at Big Easy on King's Road

Our lunch, which I thoroughly enjoyed, ended with an espresso shot to kickstart us into the second half of our day.

Big Easy on King's Road

And as we headed out and ventured in opposite directions along King’s Road, I was already looking forward to my next meet-up with Ashley. It’s always such a joy!

Big Easy, 332-334 King’s Rd, London SW3 5UR

Chelsea Girl

The Big Easy Crabshack on the King’s Road is a Chelsea institution in itself. It’s one of the first places you go with your friends whilst growing up in the area and years later it’s still a great place to grab a bite whilst sipping on a Margarita.

Most nights are packed so it’s always best to book a table if you’re thinking ahead. Admittedly, I tend to chance my luck if I’m passing by and fancy dropping. Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn’t. The other night, after a party when most people had already eaten, we managed to grab a table and I ordered my favourite dish:

With one of my favourite drinks …

It’s always worth finding out what their Specials of the day are. Eat all you can … or set menus are great options to consider (especially when they include a Margarita!) *grins*

332-334 Kings Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 5UR. 020 7352 4071

There’s a general myth about Chelsea if you don’t know the area. It’s something to do with the correlation of wealth and having a good time. So let me clarify matters: this equation is untrue.

Admittedly, a drinking experience in The Collection or anywhere in the Brompton Cross vicinity does require financial stamina. I once spent almost £50 on two drinks in The Collection at the start of an evening. Still, the venue is great and they were cocktails.

But the fact is heading to Kilburn for a pub roast and hanging out with your starving artist friends is also a false economy.

Why?

Let’s do the math. A residential area with a generally high-income bracket means that businesses have to work harder to keep the punters satisfied. There is too much choice round here to slip up on quality and value. Therefore, Chelsea is your lobster.

So how do you make Chelsea work for you? Well, that’s simple.

The clever places such as Bueno Sierra, Sophie’s Steakhouse and The Big Easy all have delicious special deals on offer. They’re clever because they know they’re good places, they just need to get the customer through the door to show them what they’ve got.

The other evening, the bf and I popped into Sophie’s for a £9.95 steak frites deal: steak, fries and a glass of wine or beer with the meal. A few martinis and dessert later, we were laughing along with the friendly staff. We didn’t want to leave. Clever.

And this is just the tip of the iceberg.

So what else is there?

Next week, I’ll provide some Chelsea Girl tips on how to get the best out of this area.

Mina Zaher

Follow her @kingsroadrocks