Harden's survey result
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Fans report “an adequate meat-fest” and “great lobsters and shrimp” too at these “fun” US-style BBQ shacks, although “given the proliferation of other smokehouses nowadays” even supporters acknowledge “there’s better BBQ elsewhere”. Both Covent Garden and the Chelsea original outscore their huge new Canary Wharf sibling, which divides opinion; enthusiasts say “it’s a great night out, with a stunning bar and top live music” – sceptics just feel it provides “horrible everything”.
“Chaotic” service can add to the “buzzy” sense of “mania” at these fun (and kid-friendly) crab shacks, where the lobster, shrimp and other fare come in “massive portions”; there’s quite a feeling, though, that the less established Covent Garden branch “isn’t a patch on Chelsea”.
Chelsea’s long-established and “fun” US-style ‘crab shack’ now has a Covent Garden outpost; the new branch has its fans (“like I was back in New Orleans!”), but expansion seems to have strained standards overall – some “awful” meals have been recorded in both locations of late.
“New Orleans was never closer!”; in the face of all the upstart competition, this ever-“lively” Chelsea surf ’n’ turf shack still offers “excellent ribs and burgers, and other stuff that isn’t too healthy either”, plus the “best-value” lobster in town.
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Monday to Thursday: 12noon – 11pm; Friday & Saturday: 12noon – 11:30pm; Sunday: 12noon – 10.30pm