Crazy Bear, W1

You know a restaurant is worth a visit when it is tucked away on a side street with little visual clue of its raison d’etre, yet is bookedcrazybear Crazy Bear, W1 weeks in advance.  Moreover, this is no uber-exclusive celeb hangout, but an extremely cool and relaxed restaurant/bar. 

 

You could therefore call me somewhat ambitious for attempting to chance my luck on a Friday evening, but I arrived at 6pm and they fortunately had a couple of tables free.  The stylish restaurant features chocolate brown leather banquette seating and dark wood whilst the downstairs bar has the cutest furry cowhide stools and plenty of alcoves to hideaway in. 

 

The menu provides an interesting variety of pan-Asian and Thai dishes. We started with some lightly fried, tasty Duck rolls and a range of extremely fresh, flavoursome dim sum; the Steamed prawn and chive dumplings were particularly impressive.   Mains were exceptional, with plenty of dishes to excite the palate.  Miss Pancake went for a Red duck curry and they also accommodated my request to make the Massaman curry with chicken instead of sirloin steak.  Both dishes we perfectly spiced, leaving my taste-buds tingling long after we’d devoured them, whilst the Pad Thai was light, fragrant and full of plump prawns. 

 

The desserts were more Western in style but equally interesting, including Vanilla cheesecake with Thai water chestnuts and Bitter chocolate soup with tonka bean ice cream.  The buzzy bar served as a fun place for post-dinner drinks, and the endless list of cocktails were clearly good enough to keep the local media types coming back!

 

Food: 4/5

Venue: 4/5

Value: 3.5/5

 

Cuisine type: Pan Asian

Dinner for 2 (excluding drinks):  £65

Cocktails: £9

Wine: £5

 

Crazy Bear

26-28 Whitfield Street,

W1T 2RG

Tel: 020 7631 0088

www.crazybear-london.co.uk

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