Big Easy's
Big Easy's
Big Easy's
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2010 Apr 5
I dined at Big Easy's with some friends for Valentine's Day.

The concensus around the table was that the food wasn't that great and the server was trying too hard.

Everyone had an appetizer. My husband had the calamari that was seasoned and crispy. The seasoning was Cajun-flavoured, as was the dipping sauce. The calamari was perfectly cooked and not rubbery at all. The dusting of seasoning however left our mouths dry and overpowered the delicate flavour of the squid. The portion size was generous.

My friend had the small bowl of New England clam chowder. It was served with oyster crackers. It was chock full of nice bite-size pieces of fresh fish and seafood. The broth was smooth and creamy without having the texture of paste like this type of chowder can sometimes have. The soup was nicely seasoned and it was filling.

My friend's husband had the Grownup coconut shrimp. It was served with orange sesame sauce. The shrimp was perfectly cooked but the coconut coating was a little greasy and heavy. The dipping sauce was tasty.

I enjoyed four raw oysters on the half-shell as my appetizer. I had one of each type they had available: one Malpeque, one Shiny Sea, one Pickle Point and one Wainno. An array of mignonettes and sauces was served to accompany them. The oysters were delicious and my favorite sauce was the Asian one. Unfortunately they were served about 15 minutes after everyone else had received their 'cooked' appetizers, and had pretty much finished them.

My husband had the 12 oz Ribeye with the Twice-baked potato as his choice of side dish. He enjoyed the steak but found it fatty, not just well-marbled. The steak was cooked to perfection.

My friend had the 6 oz Filet Mignon and the Twice-baked potato as her side dish. She had the Peppercorn Brandy Sauce as a steak enhancement. The steak was cooked to perfection. Her potato was bland yet had a spice in it that she didn't care for. I tasted it too and couldn't put my finger on what it was... but I didn't really care for it either.

My friend's husband also had the 12-oz Ribeye with the Twice-baked potato as his choice of side dish. He chose the Peppered Blue cheese as his steak enhancement. The steak was cooked to perfection but his impression of the potato was the same as my friend's and mine.

I had the Surf & Turf which was a 6 oz Filet Mignon and a 5 oz lobster tail. I chose the Peppered Blue Cheese as my steak enhancement and I chose the Coconut ginger rice as my side dish but my meal was served with the Twice-baked potato. The server quickly brought me a serving of the rice when I alerted him to this and he let me take the potato home. The clarified butter was... different. It didn't taste like butter. It actually tasted like oil with lemon in it that had been whipped in. It was very frothy. The rice was delicious - more coconutty than gingery.

My steak was perfectly cooked but was very fatty. I've never had a filet mignon cut that was so fatty. The lobster was delicious.

The atmosphere was average.

2010 Jan 11
It's been a while since we went to this restaurant, but it stood out because the other person I went with said it was one of the best meals she'd had in a long time. We had a mix of appetizers. The crab cake was full of crab almost no filler, we honestly couldn't figure out how they were holding it all together. Then the calamari which was not rubbery at all, we chose the fried as opposed to grilled which they also offer. Also had the cocounut shrimp, which was great but I didn't like the dipping sauce as it had a very strong sesame taste (and if you don't like sesame you know what I mean!!). We had the coconut ginger rice which seemed to have actual coconut shreds in it, I thought for some reason it would just be coconut milk, but it was very fragrant and tasty. Had lobster tail with asparagus and rice, it was good but for some reason very hard to get the lobster meat off the tail (almost like it was fused to the shell). Other patron had the warm spinach salad(Roasted corn & onion dressing, chopped almonds, dried cranberries, sauteed wild mushrooms) and couldn't stop raving about it. The service was great, the restaurant is very cozy. It is right beside Preston hardware and I read somewhere that if you arrive after a certain time you can park in preston hardware parking lot.

2010 Jan 10
If you're a surf-n-turf sort of person, you'll find something to love at Big Easy's.

I've been several times now and both myself and my companion(s) have always enjoyed our meals. I've often been pleasantly surprised by their Cajun take on the staples.

Steak is usually well marinated, although I find they have a habit of cooking it a degree more than you request (ie a request for medium usually gets you medium-well), so you might want to keep that in mind if you like your meat rare.

Service is excellent - available when you need them, but non-intrusive.

If you frequent Preston Street and haven't been to Big Easy's yet, you're missing out on what is probably the best venue on the street.

2010 Jan 8
Went there tonight. Me and my boyfriend shared the duck confit spring rolls. They were very well balanced with hints of mint that contrasted with the saltiness of the meat. Not a big fan of the lemony sauce that came with it but that's minor really.

The significant other had the sausage, shrimp, and chicken pasta in creole sauce. It packed quite a bit of heat but he loved it.

I had the sesame seared tuna and it was splendid. Very fresh and seasoned perfectly (which means not too much so the star is the fish and not other accoutrements. Again that weird lemony sauce was offered with it and I didn't care for it. Something milder would have been better. The coconut and ginger rice is to die for ... but I wasn't hungry enough so I ended up bringing it home.

We shared a dark chocolate and ginger pôt de crème and it was very good ... even for someone like me who doesn't like chocolate all that much. It was rich but not too sweet.

The service was beyond reproach. They were friendly, attentive but not in the way. I like that the restaurant wasn't too big with a subdued atmosphere and we were shielded from the bar side and its TV so it didn't detract form the experience.

We don't drink so this tends to lower restaurant bills. We left happy and stuffed to the gills for under $100 tips included so very reasonable. I would definately go again and as the person who recommended it pointed out, it's a good compromise when you have carnivores and fish lovers looking for a place to eat.

2009 Jul 7
Great service. Nicely laid out dining area.

Amaaaaaing crab cakes! Terrific dessert. Loved the bread.

2008 Dec 4
Been here twice now - once for dinner with my fiance and once for a work lunch. Both times it was excellent. Thank god there are non-Italian restaurants popping up all over Preston!

The filet mignon is very good, although my fiance and I both thought it a little tough. Our standards are pretty high though after ordering melt-in-your-mouth filet mignon at a high-end NYC steakhouse last year.

The sweet potato fries are amazing - don't pass up on these! and the crab cakes are very nice.

Service is friendly, quick and knowledgeable. I'm sure this will become one of my regular places to eat.

2008 Nov 21
I love this place. The service was amazing, and the food was amazing both times.

I had Halibut with mashed and the boyfriend had Steak with Caesar salad.

It is totally worth every penny.

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