Not to be confused with the clothing store of almost the same name, Bull & Bear is a steakhouse with a twist. Located in a lofty position in the impressive Waldorf Astoria DIFC. The original concept was based in Manhattan’s Waldorf Astoria, and though its long since closed its legend lives on in Dubai.
We’re greeted by brass statues of the titular bull and bear. They stand front centre of a moodily lit restaurant that takes its aesthetic from classy US eateries in the 1960’s. The vast space is a mix of blue leathers, white marble and gold flourishes that spread to the lighting and more. It smells deliciously smoky, with charred meats wafting from the open kitchen.
Our table is located next to one of the huge floor to ceilings windows, which offers the twinkling lights of Downtown Dubai and Burj Khalifa. An ideal backdrop to the feast ahead.
Starters, we’re informed, are on the large side so we should order one to share. We’d been eyeing up the intriguing Alligator Pear on the menu since we were seated. As we said, this may be prominently a steakhouse but it does things differently.