Just had a Gordon Ramsay kitchen nightmares experience! I needed a quick, close restaurant before my flight home. Half a block from my last appointment was the Bull & Bear, billed as an upscale sports bar with a twist. I hadn’t eaten since 6 AM and it was approaching 2. Simple order, French onion soup with a truffle crouton and gruyere cheese, Caesar salad with grilled shrimp. Why do restaurants serve brown lettuce, would the chef want to eat that? My guess is no. The shrimp were on the down-side of fresh, with a very slight ammonia taste, slight enough that I ate them anyway because I was ravenous. The soup looked like heaven, bubbly cheese but domestic Swiss, not the stronger, nutty flavor of gruyere as promised. And, can you guess, no truffle crouton! Oh how shocking! What I can say is that I enjoyed a crisp “14 Hands” Chardonnay and good tap water. The Jazz food court at O’Hare would probably have better.
Bull & Bear