The new Crossrail at Canary Wharf might be a station, but it also has an amazing garden area at the top where you can have a wander round, think SkyGarden but not quite as big. On the same level is also Big Easy, which after their successful restaurant in Covent Garden have opened up and are now offering American style breakfasts, afternoon teas and brunch, alongside their usual offerings. Danny and I popped down to Canary Wharf on Saturday to try out their brunch. I think brunch might actually be my favourite meal even over afternoon tea, it’s just always such a perfect selection of food.
Luckily for us one of Big Easy’s offerings on a weekend is an unlimited (up to 2 hours) Prosecco, Big Easy brew or house wine brunch for £29.50. Kids also eat for free and the brunch is from 12-5pm, which is a pretty fantastic deal and timings if you ask me.
I was absolutely starving when we got there and everything on the menu sounded good to me. The food is all American style, so think mac ‘n’ cheese, burgers, and breakfast sandwiches. I decided to go for the french toast waffles, this was waffled eggy bread with bacon and maple syrup. When it arrived it was huge, as expected and I dived straight in. It tasted amazing and I loved the bacon complementing the eggy bread. The only thing I’d say was it definitely needed more bacon and less eggy bread as it was quite a lot to stomach. You definitely need a glass of Prosecco to wash this down.
Danny decided to go all in for the brunch and chose the The Big Pig Gig – North Carolina chopped Pork, pit-smoked bar.B.Q chicken & St Louis pork ribs, slaw, pit-smoked beans, fries & fresh baked cornbread, basically a feast for one! I tried some of the chicken and ribs myself and they were cooked to perfection, spot on for smoky flavour and the meat was lovely and tender too. Danny was feeling defeated about three quarters of the way through, so note this is not for the faint hearted. He washed his down with an Old Fashioned cocktail which also had maple syrup in it.
Inside of Big Easy it has funky fittings, lots of low hanging lights and a great bar. Outside they also have a balcony and this cute birdcage style seating, which I can imagine would be perfect in summer.
Of course there is always room for dessert. Their desserts all sounded amazing. I was torn between the lemon meringue pie sorbet with limoncello or the DIY ice cream sundae, which in the end won me over for the fact it had popping candy with it (what a kid). The ice cream is whippy ice cream and comes in a pot with a wooden spoon and a flake in it. You then get three decorating pots, popping candy, sprinkles and chocolate sauce. I of course went for all three and my decorating skills really came into play, as you can see.
Danny had the more grown up option of rum and raisin ice cream with El Dorado 12 Year Old Demerara Rum. It came with a pipette to put the rum in and Danny really loved it. His favourite is rum so was definitely a perfect dessert. If dessert isn’t really your thing then they also have some fab dessert cocktails as well.
We both really enjoyed our visit to Big Easy, the food is really varied so always something to suit everyone and the service was quick even though the restaurant was full. There was quite a lot of kids, given the offer, but it didn’t affect our visit at all and was a really friendly and happy place to be on a Saturday afternoon. The food was really, really good and great value too, we would definitely go back.
For more info or to book a table visit bigeasy.co.uk.
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