We ended 2015 by celebrating Xmas eve as a double date at the Crazy Bear Restaurant in Fitzrovia. And we were not disappointed.
As soon as we arrived we were greeted by a lovely welcome and guided to our table. Crazy Bear in Fitzrovia is a plush restaurant, dark interior and lighting cushioned seating areas very elegant. Whilst we waited for the other couple to arrive we ordered a few cocktails from there drinks extensive menu, these were lovely.
Once the other two diners had joined up we were given a dedicated waiter for the night you was very helpful. The food menu which was also extensive is inspired by Thai and Japanese cuisine; we took a while to decide what to eat.
We decided to start with a few dishes of the menu to share and food arrived in good time, not at all rushed or waiting in-between our courses. The dishes included: steamed edamame with Japanese chilli powder and salt:
Next was a selection of assorted vegetarian Dim Sum, which included; shitake chive and carrot har gau, crystal har gua, bamboo and taro har gau. These were all delicious.
My husband favourite; soft shell crab but in tempura which was served with Japanese chilli powder and garlic mayonnaise, was excellent.
We also opted for Thai style chicken wings served with a sriaracha dipping. Steamed Scottish diver scallops with glass noodles and garlic and my favourite the crispy pecking duck roll with a hoi sin dipping sauce.
So far we were pretty impressed with the food and of course the service. The drinks and conversation also kept flowing which is always nice.
Onto the mains, where we all opted for individual dishes these included a lobster pad Thai, a green Cotswold chicken curry with Thai baby aubergines, these were delicious I especially enjoyed the flavours of the green curry.
I decided to pic A Massaman lamb cutlets with peanuts, isle de noir potatoes, onion and crispy which unfortunately wasn’t great and decided to send this back, which they did without hesitation was great.
Lastly which were both delicious was the Cotswold chicken stir-fry with roasted cashews and peppers and a green papaya salad with long beans, cherry tomatoes, chilli, garlic, peanuts and fresh lime.
Couple of coffee cocktails and a lovely bitter chocolate soup with Tonka bean and ice cream dessert later we were still at the restaurant till closing time…oops.
Overall Crazy Bear in Fitzrovia delivers a wining dining experience, fabulous food, very friendly staff and lovely decor and atmosphere. I would highly recommended this restaurant for a date or a group dining experience, prices are steep but well worth it.