On a recent “Girlfriend Getaway” to the Walt Disney World Resort, my friend Zannaland and I decided to splurge on a three hour dinner at the Bull & Bear Steakhouse inside the Waldorf Astoria Orlando. My first visit to this restaurant was back in July of 2011. You can read my very first Bull and Bear Restaurant Review here. That first visit won me over and I have been back to dine at the steakhouse several times since then. It’s a special treat.
Suzannah and I started our dining experience with an exquisite cheese board. This is actually something on the dessert menu, but it worked well as a starter and complemented our white wine.
Artisanal Cheese Selection ($19) Assorted Accoutrements. That night’s offerings were Pleasant Ridge, Taleggio, Roquefort, Fontina, Petite Munster and Vermont Bijou.
Not so much a bread as this is a cracker. My heart goes a flutter when the Feuille de Brick is part of bread service. Feuille de Brick is a pastry similar to phyllo. It’s crisp and buttery and sure to make your mouth sing. Suzannah opted for the monkey bread. Yes, monkey bread and fine dining go together like hand and glove.
The Wedge ($14) Smoked Bacon, Chopped Egg, Red Onion, Russian Dressing. This was the first time that I had ordered a salad at Bull & Bear. Normally I opt for the Shrimp and Grits, but sadly that is no longer on the menu. This salad did not disappoint and showed off the extraordinary knife skills of the chef. The salad wasn’t overdressed and portion size was controlled so that the main entrees could still be enjoyed without that uncomfortably full feeling.
Bull & Bear offers an extensive selection of wine to pair with each dinner course. The restaurant has moved from boring paper menus to iPad menus. This gives guests the opportunity to preview what each dish will look like and gives a suggestion of proper wine pairings for each offering. Suzannah and I started our dinner service with a Schloss Vollrads Riesling ($17) which complemented our cheese board. I then switched over to a crisp Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc ($14) for my salad course and made my way into reds for the meat course where I opted for a Goldeneye Pinot Noir ($27).
Beef Short Rib ($48) 8 oz. Prime Slow Braised on the Bone, Syrah Wine Braised. I pray that this never goes away. It’s the only cut that I order when dining here. It’s literally like candy. Fork tender. Unctuous with the wine glaze and top on my list. I’ll be attending a special wine pairing dinner this month at Bull & Bear which will hopefully push me out of my comfort zone and force me to try something different as a main course. No doubt I will like it just the same. I have never tried anything here that I haven’t liked.
Bull & Bear Frittes ($18) 100% Idaho hand Cut tallow Crisp, Organic Garlic Aioli. I think these are the things I dream about most when planning a visit to Bull & Bear Steakhouse. Big, thick, salty and crisp. THE perfect french fry. Cooked in the drippings from the seasoned cuts of meat served that day. I picture an angel and devil sitting on both of my shoulders while I’m eating these crispy potatoes.
Mac and Cheese with Applewood Smoked Bacon (Complements of the Chef) When the manager found out that I had never tried the signature mac and cheese he brought over a dish for us to enjoy with our meal. Perks of being a regular. Creamy and delicious. There’s also a version with lobster.
We were both so stuffed at this point that we were going to forego a sweet ending but for research purposes, and so that we could share the photos with you, we were offered two complementary desserts.
Chocolate Bar – Made with the Most Velvety Smooth Valrhona Chocolate, Chocolate Vodka Syrup. This dessert has been a mainstay on the dessert menu since my very first visit. The chocolate bar is a smooth mousse which contains small crispy chocolate cookie pearls and a well of chocolate syrup. Use caution when ordering this to share as a fork battle may ensue.
Chocolate Cigar – A novelty dessert. Most novelty desserts are nice to look at but lack any real flavor and are hard to eat. Not the chocolate cigar. This sweet treat is a crisp cookie shell with decadent rich chocolate filling. The ash is comprised of a meringue powder which was so tasty, Suzannah and I would dip a bite of the chocolate bar into the powder for added flavor and texture.
The Bull & Bear is located within the gates of the Walt Disney World Resort at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando. The Waldorf is adjacent to Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. Valet service is offered at a reduced rate when dining here or you can choose to self park in the Hilton Bonnet Creek parking garage and walk through the convention center space to access the restaurant. If you are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel you can take a taxi or use the free bus service. Buses run to the Waldorf Astoria from the four major theme parks and Downtown Disney. Reservations are not required but are strongly recommended.
Bull & Bear Steakhouse
Inside the Waldorf Astoria Orlando Resort
14200 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane
Orlando, FL 32821