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Contrary to what some may tell you, American cuisine is extremely diverse and goes way, way past just a burger and fries. The Fat Bear London is a flying example of this. It’s a small restaurant in the very centre of London that doesn’t skimp on flavour and offers genuine American food. The Fat Bear can be found on Carter Lane in St. Paul’s – just above The Rising Sun pub – and given this fantastic location, as well as the food, you’d better believe the place is wildly popular. Oh, and there’s also a stellar drinks menu so you really can’t go wrong there now, can you. Ideal for a get together with old school friends, coworkers this spot ticks all the boxes and the food offering and drinks menu will keep just about everyone happy! Get a table reserved and head there no matter your occasion.
Quite often the best restaurants are the ones that don’t scream from the rooftops. The Fat Bear London, we’re pleased to report, doesn’t scream from the rooftops. Instead, the small but fiercely dedicated team behind the wheel do everything they can to make sure this St. Paul’s place churns out American food to make their diners grin every single time. The Fat Bear London’s location above The Rising Sun on Carter Lane is humble, too, and these surroundings make a damn good space for enjoying real American food. Speaking of which…
The Fat Bear’s main menu, whilst not huge, offers favourites from around the US that go past burgers that are ridiculously tall and too hard to eat. Begin with devilled eggs (an American classic), pimento cheese (the caviar of the south), or a luxurious chicken, andouille and shrimp gumbo. For your main we’d certainly recommend the seafood jambalaya complete with prawns, catfish, crayfish and sausage, or the southern fried corn-fed chicken with waffles and maple agave syrup. London, St. Paul’s, prepare to fill your boots...
Lovely food and atmosphere, drinks were exceptional too and not at all expensive. Chicken and waffles was amazing and I was amazed I didn't even have room for dessert, definetly a must next time!
Great food, great atmosphere. The cocktails here were also surprisingly good. Small, but super. I would definitely come back here again. The staff were also really lovely and friendly, and all in all exactly what one would look for when going out.
Lovely atmosphere, brilliant food and lovely staff. Would definitely go back.
Booked a table however my friends were running late the staff was very patient and accommodating when they came. Had great food and amazing service (plus really good cocktails) made for a nice birthday treat.
The Fat Bear is a funky, fabulous find. Situated a stone's throw from St Paul's Cathedral above a pub, the small dining room feels intimate without being cramped. The staff are friendly, and willing to help - my dining partner has dairy allergies, and our server was more than happy to go talk to the chef to get recommendations on what would suit her. Drinks are good - a fantastic selection of spirits and cocktails. We didn't look at the wine list, but if beer is what floats your boat, then they have a choice of Brew Dog Kingpin Lager or Punk IPA - both excellent beverages. The server brought iced water to the table without being asked as well, which was a pleasant surprise. Food though is what this place is all about. They specialise in American soul food, and the menu left me drooling and struggling to choose. In the end, I selected the gumbo, which was superb - very tasty, full of generous amounts of sausage, chicken and prawn, with a nice, gentle spice level (no need for copious amounts of milk or iced water to soothe the burn!) with a side of cornbread. The cornbread is baked to order, so takes around 15 minutes, but was delicious and worth the wait. I also plumped for the fried pickles, which was a portion big enough for at least two, but still nicely moist in the centre (i.e. not deep-fried to oblivion). My dining partner went for the brisket, which was also a generous portion, and very tasty, just falling apart. The bill overall was very reasonable - just over £30 each including a gin and tonic each, so quite reasonable for Central London. All in all, an excellent dining experience, and one I hope to repeat in the future - I have my eye firmly on the jambalaya next time!
Catches you off guard as you enter via the side of a busy City pub, decor was classic and smart, the food was simple - but restaurants can be quite excellent when focusing on the simple things and doing it well, and that is exactly what happens at The Fat Bear. The buffalo wings were faultless, the best I’ve had. The chicken sandwich boasted the biggest piece of fried chicken I had ever seen, despite its size it was tender throughout, accompanied with perfectly cooked fries. As my guest added, when your main course was excellent, you felt compelled to taste one of the puddings, and the Oreo cheesecake was an absolute dream. Excellent restaurant in an area full of not so great restaurants.
What a fantastic find! The ambience and atmosphere is so enjoyable, you feel like you are in the deep south of USA in someone's living room! It was our first visit and hopefully the first of many, we live in the north west of UK but on our next visit we have said we will definitely be visiting The Fat Bear. The staff are so friendly and helpful. We had Gumbo, corndogs, seafood jambalaya and chicken & waffles - Wow!! Make sure you go here on your next visit!! Thank you so much for making our visit so enjoyable!
I really liked the decor and location, something a bit different. I dropped a mark because I thought the gumbo was a tad bland , with a bit of extra kick it would have been much better. Wings and chicken tenders were very good but with such high competition in London , I wouldn't say they were outstanding. Courgette fries were really delicious, as was the Oreo cheesecake desert. Plenty of other dishes I saw people around me having that looked really great and the drink selection was good. Overall a solid place , worth a visit.
From the pub to this very cool, high-service focused dining experience, we had a great night of great dining. One exception: the dipping sauce for the fried pickles were wrong. wrong sauce for this delicious dish...so upon dipping the pickle into sauce, the pickle's taste was way off. w/out the sauce, pickle was excellent. surprised this excellent kitchen misses this...and it's not a cultural difference: it's just off. otherwise, it would have been a "6" experience ps: i will happily return to TFB...and recommend it highly to others
Great food. Loved the burger and service. My only grumble is an operational one that you can order the food from the restaurant when down in the pub 'The Rising Sun' (and have whatever pub beverages they sell) but when up in the restaurant you can only choose set drinks from their menu which only includes two beers and the rest is wine and cocktails. Would be good to make it reciprocal between the two.