Whilst Bea Vo is most strongly associated with the delicious sweet creations she sells in her Bea”s of Bloomsbury shops, she is also a talented professional chef. Born to a Vietnamese family in Washington D.C., married to an Austrian and living in London, she spent holidays visiting family in Louisiana.
There are so many diverse influences on her cooking. But her latest offering – a Summer Crawfish Boil – is 100% Louisiana!
On Thursday evenings throughout summer a hundred or so eager customers take their places at long rows of bench tables in Bea’s Maltby Street Diner.
The menu is short and sweet: garlic bread to start and then as much as you can eat of spiced crawfish, potatoes, sweet corn and Polish smoked sausage served with cocktail sauce, salsa and Bea’s special Cajun butter sauce. Dessert, if you have room, is a refreshing ice lolly – I went for raspberry margarita flavour.
The bar menu includes local London beers, pitchers or glasses of margaritas or lemonade and a short list of wines.
Some diners were done within an hour but our table ploughed through 8 enormous buckets full before we finally admitted defeat. You won’t be rushed out and Bea will keep serving until you’ve had your fill.
At just £24 per person, this is a great value evening and the perfect outing for a bunch of greedy friends. Bibs and copious paper towel provided!
(More dates to be added soon).