Having never been to Bear, I had heard more and more people saying how much they liked it. I’ll admit I’m not a fan of JoBurger and this may have clouded my judgement but I can say now that I’m a convert to Bear – mainly for the food. The place itself doesn’t really do it for me, I prefer more comfortable seating and layout… The staff also, were brilliant – without exception everyone that dealt with us was friendly and efficient.
We decided to go for a few dishes between us rather than ordering one thing each, starting with baby back ribs. We also ordered a bottle of white wine, a bottle of red and one of our party of 4 was having beer. The wine list was ok, nothing spectacular but you’re not really there for the wine…Although the wine glasses are pretty cool!
The ribs were a nice size to share between us as a small starter, if you were hungry between 2 they would be fine also, but we were ok to just have a couple each, while waiting on our mains. The ribs were coated in a sticky sauce and fell away from the bone exactly as they should.
From the shared steaks, we ordered the bavette, cooked medium rare. This is priced at €39.95 and on the menu it says for 2-3 ppl. This is a fair reflection as its a lot of meat. We also ordered the dry spice grilled chicken €13.95 (amazing!) and a few sides, fries, horseradish slaw, cauliflower cheese and of course, the million dollar fries. The sides vary in price from €3.95 to €6.50 (the million dollar fries) but the average is around €4.50.
The beef was tender, soft and so flavoursome, and so much of it. We all loved the chicken – we were there for the steak – but the chicken was an unexpected star and probably what I would have next time. The sides were large servings…so you definitely don’t need many!
Now to be a bit controversial – we just didn’t all love the million dollar fries – they are universally praised as divine… they were good don’t get me wrong, I did like them, I just didn’t love them. They are also very heavy, one or two would be fine so unless there’s a few of you to share the dish I’m not sure I would get them again. The regular fries were very good, skinny, golden and just crispy.
I had heard from previous visitors to Bear about the cauliflower cheese and that did indeed live up to expectations – melty cheesy gorgeous and I could have eaten the whole bowl of it by myself. The slaw was equally as good, with a definite horseradish taste but not overpoweringly so.
We skipped dessert, instead going the liquid route with more wine. And were surprised with a little glass of Prosecco from the restaurant also which was a lovely way to end the meal.
All in all, really liked it… it’s a casual place with delicious food and we will be back – if you’re looking for comfort and refinement go elsewhere but if you’re just after tasty food, and a relaxed atmosphere, this is it.
Bear | 34/35 South William Street, Dublin 2 | 01 474 4888 | firstname.lastname@example.org