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.
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.
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.