Oh you Crazy Bear!

Last week I headed to one of the infamous ‘Crazy Bear’ venues for mid-week dinner. The Crazy Bear group, originally founded in 1993, is a collection of outstanding hotels and restaurants, acclaimed for its Thai cuisine and dramatic decor.

Myself and a few friends headed to their restaurant in Fitzrovia. Most convenient for us as its positioned between Goodge Street and  Tottenham Court Road, and easily accessible after a day of working in the city.

The establishment is lavish, sophisticated, and the perfect setting for a night of epic celebrations.


Of the 4 of us, 2 had just had birthdays, I was celebrating my recent promotion in my business and the last was a bittersweet farewell to my friend Michaela who is moving to Oz next month. So cause for a special occasion I would say!

From the outside you wouldn’t know what this place was. There is no sign on the building; just a plain black canopy across the top. How very mysterious.

The look of confusion at my GPRS instigated a friendly woman at reception to shout,

‘Are you looking for the crazy bear?’

A place so elite that it doesn’t need it’s name on the door perhaps? Or based on an assumption that people who come to dine here should know exactly where it is?

Either way, if you head here, keep an eye out for the Spaghetti House next door, thatll be much easier for you to find.

I waited in the bar downstairs, cocktail in hand for everyone to arrive. The ambiance is very mellow but the decor is edgy yet classy. Red and white leathers and a copper bar.

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Upstairs, where you dine there’s a slightly warmer vibe. Subtle mood lighting and dark oak interior that creates a very relaxed and romantic atmosphere.

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Thanks to bookatable we got a sweet little deal: 12 courses and a glass of champagne for just £38. Winning.

There are lots of deals for the Crazy Bear Group on groupon too, if you’re anything like me and like to fine dine at a set price.

Often on these multiple course menus, in these more ‘upper class’ restaurants you tend to expect very little food. So the thought of 12 courses didn’t scare me; as i imagined 12 plates of different ‘courses’ that consisted of a singular piece of meat or palm of veg. This was not the case.

There are two simple options for you to choose from, vegetarian or classic.

There is such a variation over the 12 courses. There has to be something you like. The lobster pad Thai was my most favorite and those caramelized courgettes. Wow. If all vegetables tasted like that, no one would ever struggle to eat well!

 

Each course was rich in taste and cooked to perfection. And well worth the cost of the deal! Just be aware that the cocktails are not included. At £12 per pop on average, they can soon sky rocket your bill.

Overall great food, great company and somewhere i’d definitely recommend. The Fitzrovia venue has won The London Lifestyle Awards Best Restaurant, The Evening Standard’s Best Bar of the year, Theme Magazine’s Best Designed and Best Operated Bar, and The Times’ runner up for Best Bar in Southern England. So its fair to say its well sought after.

My next trip to the Crazy Bear will have to be in Beaconsfield, to one of their famous pool parties! See you there.

LwL x

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The Montagu @ Oxford Circus 

For our one year anniversary last week Liam and I headed to The Montagu in Oxford Circus.

The lavish food is sourced from independent British farms and local award-winning suppliers. This means that while eating their beautifully presented and great tasting food, you can also feel very satisfied that you’ve helped many of our countries businesses. Winning!


As you walk through the revolving doors of this plush hotel, you are faced with a clean and modern, spacious setting and just to the left resides their impressive 4* restaurant.

Mood lighting to perfection, crystal chandeliers and a romantic ambience set the scene. Not to forget the live music – a pianist playing beautiful renditions of popular chart songs.

We went all in; as we were celebrating and all, with a 3 course meal and lots of wine.

Starter: Pea & Ham hock soup


Mains: Roast chicken with swede sauce & veg

Dessert: caramel ganache & popcorn ice cream

Quite possibly the best dessert I have ever had! (And that’s a big statement). I absolutely love caramel and the biscuit and popcorn ice cream complimented it perfectly.. I was so excited I almost forgot to take a picture!

All of our food tasted as good as it looked and the white wine went down a treat.


The real highlight for me was a front-row seat to observe the exhilarating, fast-paced life of a chef in the open plan kitchen!

The Montagu has menus for breakfast, lunch, traditional afternoon tea, dinner and weekend brunch. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone for a special occasion as its relatively priced for what you get and makes for a really enjoyable evening.


I’m pretty sure I’ll be taking up the weekend brunch offer soon too so watch this space!

LwL X

 

Sunday Jazz Lunch at Shaka Zulu

This extravagant restaurant, bar and club in Camden Market pays homage to the nineteenth-century reign of the King of the Zulus, Shaka. Boasting 3D wall carvings, warrior king statues, intricate murals and water features, from the moment you step in its like walking into Africa. The spacious establishment is decorated from head to toe, down to the detail of the engraved chairs, making the atmosphere and experience truly magical.

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3 things I learnt last week..

1. I only eat ‘posh’ fish I have a hatred for fish. From a young age I just couldnt seem to stand the stuff, like literally can’t sit next to people eating it (especially really fishy fish like mackerel or tuna). It isn’t so much the taste but the smell of it really puts me off! I went to Buddha Bar in Knightsbridge this week and the food menu didn’t look to appealing to me. The majority of the list was fish, so I left it to the others to order and expected to stay hungry. To my surprise the food was actually amazing!     I had tuna for the first time. I usually want to heave every time I smell it. However this was sliced tuna, it looked like ham and had no smell to it so was bearable for me.  

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Ice Bar – London

It’s been around for years but it’s still a hotspot. Whether it’s for date night or a night with a big group, Ice bar in Regent Street is great entertainment. glasses This cocktail bar is made completely from of Swedish river ice, and the -5 degree temperature ensures that the den stay frozen. Even the cocktail glasses are made of made of pure frozen water! To ensure the warmth of all those who enter, a hooded ‘designer thermal cape’ and gloves must be worn, creating a room full of super fashionable Eskimos.    

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ICEBAR is operated in 40 minute time slots to ensure your safety (after all, no one wants hypothermia).

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