If you're in the market for an exceptional new dining destination, Bull & Bear in DIFC may be the answer to your gastronomic fantasy
The city’s discerning power lunch brigade may have a new spiritual home in Bull & Bear, a sleek, soaring cathedral to gastronomy where a magnificent palette of night-sky blue, gold and black with accents of timber and metal offers up a setting worthy of the transcendent dining experience that begins as soon as you step through the door. Head past the hand-forged iron sculpture of the restaurant’s namesake creatures and your experience begins.
Greeted with warm smiles, we felt instantly at home, because the service, style and substance is top-tier, setting a new standard for slick city steakhouses. Its 18th-floor location means city views accompany your experience, and there’s a terrace which will come into its own once summer ends.
First up on the menu, a fantastic Burrata artfully decorated with a medley of tomatoes; basil-pesto infused divineness. The ginger soy glazed tuna with avocado mousse, white radish and pickled cucumber elicits soft moans of pleasure, while the prawn cocktail – a Bull & Bear signature – is presented as a work of edible art, with a trio of sauces hand-painted around the pile of crustaceans. Jackson Pollock has nothing on this.
We make our way gratefully through seared scallops and a john-stone dry aged beef tartare and yet feel surprisingly able to face mains – tenderloin steaks grilled to order in the Josper charcoal oven. Those open flames sure know how to give meat a good licking, and the full array of sauces and sides plays an impeccable second fiddle to the black onyx pure Angus. Its exceptional marbling is as impressive as the miles of polished stone that lends the restaurant such an elegant, upscale ambience.
“Bull & Bear is a breath of fresh air in the city’s financial district. Head Chef Giovanni Paolo Pintore helms the kitchen, which serves a menu to cater to all taste buds,” says Victor Chalfoun, GM of Waldorf Astoria DIFC.
Its business lunch offers two courses from AED105 or three for AED135, but in either case to try and save space for the desserts.
Ring The Bell is a halzenut and chocolate creation, whose chocolate sphere is melted tableside thanks to a pouring of warmed bitter chocolate saunce. The Big Apple, meanwhile, infuses green apple flavours across a range of textures, all served up in and around a frozen fruit.
If that sounds like too much for a lunch sitting, then come back for dinner, because no matter how your working day may have closed, there is salvation, comfort and joy to be savoured at Bull & Bear. waldorfastoria.com