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This Sunday dining experience was born on the Bayou

Capture the spirit of Mardi Gras in south-west London's Bayou Bar

On Sunday, March 29*, in celebration of its roots, Bayou Bar is putting on a Crawfish Boil.  For just £27.50 the Bayou team will offer Londoners the chance to experience the flavours of New Orleans with an indulgent three-course feast in Broadway Market, Tooting.

The Boil will take place a little more than a month past Mardi Gras in New Orleans (today, February 25) but, for those who couldn’t fulfill their Bucket List desire to get to the Louisiana city, the south-west London event will do its best to capture the carnival excitement.

Guests can enjoy a three-course deep south-inspired Sunday feast… so forget your classic Sunday lunch and try something a little bit different!

Kicking off with a delicious gumbo, paired with corn bread and a greet pepper salsa, this will be followed with the main event; locally caught sustainable crayfish with Andouille sausage, corn on the cob and broth-cooked potatoes. Then to round it off, if you can squeeze any more in, the team will be serving up freshly friend beignets with powdered sugar!

Need more to tempt you? As a little extra why not add a trio of chargrilled Oysters to your meal to make the celebration just that bit more indulgent. Also, there will be live music throughout the day.

With a year-round focus on New Orleans cocktails and food the Bayou Bar team are the experts. Having visited New Orleans on multiple fact-finding missions they pride themselves on offering the true ‘dive bar’ feel with a focus on delicious and authentic New Orleans cocktails and food.

Crawfish Boils are one of New Orleans’ most celebrated foodie traditions and while we might not be able to offer the Louisiana weather, they can definitely make up for it with piles of freshly cooked crawfish, a carefully selected menu of drinks to wash them down and the all-important carnival vibes.

Nick Willoughby, founding member of the SFU team, said “We’ve hosted a few Crawfish Boils at Bayou now and have had brilliant feedback from all who have joined us. In tribute to Mardi Gras we want this one to be even bigger and better than before and can’t wait to serve up not just delicious food but a fantastic Sunday celebration.”

*Note that Tooting outfit had intended to hold the Boil earlier in March, but to be able to ensure crawfish supplies it was moved to the 29th. Time to update your diaries.

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David Buckley

Dave Buckley is a career journalist. “I once went painting girders for a week and discovered I didn’t like heights,” he says. “Apart from that it has always been journalism for me in one form or another.” Past publications worked for include the South-East London Mercury*, Kent Messenger, Daily Express, Today*, News of the World* and Hong Kong Star*. All those marked with an asterisk no longer exist (trend emerging?). He owned and edited a Thailand-based property magazine before returning to England and currently works as a production editor for an East Midlands-based publishing group.

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