The Crazy Bear, Fitzrovia.

I spent a few days on business in London and the first night I met some colleagues for dinner on recommendation at a Thai restaurant called The Crazy Bear. I did think that this was an unusual name but I cannot fully describe my surprise as on arrival the place looks like an upmarket Brasserie with wall to wall wood. The staff were all cool funky young things! We were seated upstairs in the restaurant and decided on a 12 dish fixed menu with  mid priced bottles of Malbec and Chardonnay to accompany the inevitable spicy food. Lots of fish, duck, beef, chicken dishes that were absolutely superb in taste and presentation.

We retired to a really atmospheric bar space downstairs that was full of an eclectic mix of media, city and tourist types. Cocktails were bang on the mark. Price wise you’re looking at £100 per head for a good night.

However the the washrooms were just unbelievable, wierdly cool glass floor to ceiling automatic lighting, waterfalls a sink that allows hands to discreetly be positioned from both the ladies and gents sides….don’t ask as for a northern boy it’s hard to understand the detail.

I can’t wait t take D. You’ve got to go!


Ps Jenny reminded me that she had sent a link to this place to…….kids know everything! Crazy Bear is a small select Group with 2 hotels, restaurant an private members clubs.

Breakfast at Smiths of Smithfield.

Mr Masterchef John Torrode was in his legendary establishment although I must say he didn’t look like a morning person!

If you find yourself in the City you would find it hard to beat this place for breakfast. Smiths is a 3 floor restaurant with the top floor being the “posh”, second floor is “Geri” and downstairs is “sporty”  so Breki is downstairs. A real mix of workmen, bankers and us enjoying builders tea mugs sarnies, full english or eggs benedict and the like. Top place!

Zianni’s (off the Kings Road), Chelsea.

Met some old friends/business associates at my favourite Italian in London. The food here is just superb. Perfect home made pastas with rabbit/game/truffle or meat and fish dishes that are just simply cooked with a few herbs. Sublime and that’s why you gotta book.


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