London: Pierre Victoire and Crazy Bear

So, I ended up eating out A LOT over the Easter weekend (not counting the chocolate eggs squeezed in in between…oops)! I’ve only just got over the excitement of it all to write it up, but sadly not the weight gain!

Pierre Victoire, London

On the Thursday The Hubbie and I found ourselves in London on appointments so decided to head to our favourite spot for a bite to eat – Pierre Victoire on Dean Street.

This is my absolute failsafe option for dining out in London. If I’m in the city for the day and haven’t booked anywhere in particular, and want a good meal that is not overpriced, I’ll always head to this cosy little French bistro. The Hubbie and I came across this little gem of a place years ago when I first started university in London. I remember trailing around at the end of a day out, not knowing where to eat, and literally just diving in here to escape the rain. It was a happy accident as it happens – it’s been our favourite ever since and I’ve lost count of the number of times we’ve returned!

If you get in before 7 pm you can enjoy a starter and main course from the set menu for £12.90, which for is really reasonable for London – and especially reasonable considering the quality of the food. The menu changes on a weekly basis so there’s always something new and interesting to try along with old favourites. You can check their menus out here.

This time, to start, we both went for the black pudding and potato cake topped with a poached egg and hollandaise sauce, which we followed with a beef bourguignon and dauphinoise potatoes with parsnip crisps. Not knowing when to stop, The Hubbie went for sticky toffee pudding to finish while I valiantly struggled through a rich and decadent chocolate mousse.

Delicious as ever!

The Crazy Bear, Stadhampton

Accidentally polishing off a three-course meal the night before probably wasn’t the best idea when we had a two-course lunch lined up at the Crazy Bear in Stadhampton the next day!

The highlight of a visit to any of the Crazy Bear locations is that each destination is really quirky and unique – as you can see here, the reception area at Stadhampton is actually a red London bus parked up outside the venue! I bought The Hubbie a voucher for a Thai two-course lunch for two as a Christmas gift, so we booked this in advance with our ten-year anniversary in mind. The voucher meant we could choose a starter and main course each from the Chef’s Recommendations menu, along with a glass of champagne.

We both had duck spring rolls to start with a hoisin dipping sauce and cashew nuts on the side. While you usually find spring rolls are mostly bean sprouts and vegetables, these were absolutely packed full of duck, and the addition of the cashew nuts was a nice touch (and as you know, I’m nuts for nuts)!

For main I went for the lamb massaman curry (one of my favourite discoveries whilst in Thailand) along with a side of sticky rice, while The Hubbie went for the beef stir-fry with a side of egg fried rice. As you can imagine after our shameless two-day food-fest we were both pretty stuffed by this stage, but there on the menu was a salted caramel confection which was just calling our names! I’m not sure they brought out we ordered actually because what we got was more of a panna cotta with a layer of caramel on the bottom, but it was enjoyable all the same.

It was a lovely meal although more costly than we were anticipating, as the voucher didn’t include the side orders of rice, or drinks, etc. so we did end up with another bill on the day. However, the Crazy Bear is lovely as somewhere a little different for a special occasion so I’d suggest going just for the experience!

And guess what we did on Saturday? We ended up having another bl**dy three-course dinner with friends. Just call us The Pigs!!


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