What will be on the menu for BOD's Bear dinner?
Published 20/03/2014 | 14:45
Brian O'Driscoll is set to tuck into Jamie Heaslip's own home made brownies at a special charity dinner in his honour next week.
The 34-year-old will join up with fellow Six Nations heroes Cian Healy, Kearney brothers Rob and Dave, and Jamie Heaslip next week for a dinner to raise awareness for the ISPCC's Shield anti-bullying campaign at Heaslip's Dublin restaurant Bear.
Jamie is co-owner of the steak restaurant with Joe Macken. Known as The Hipster's Heston, Macken approached the rugby star after he spent so much time in his other eateries Crackbird and Jo'Burger.
"I was in the other restaurants the whole time," Jamie says. "Bear has been a great experience, it's going really well."
And Jamie says the eatery has almost become his personal kitchen.
"During training I need to eat around 4,000 calories a day. So I joke that it's nice having the restaurant so I don't have to do any of my own cooking."
The restaurant doesn't take bookings, you just turn up and wait to be seated.
Reclaimed planks line the ceiling, the seating area is now filled with refectory tables -- that is, they're shared tables -- and the lighting uses unusual filament bulbs.
The tables are simple, the cutlery and napkins are in recycled tin cans, and you sit on wooden stools. The effect is one of shabby chic, very Manhattan and very busy.
And the Palelo loving rugby stars will delight at the menu, there is a lot of beef.
Not just boring old steaks, but all manner of interesting cuts with names you'll need a dictionary for -- onglet, Pope's eye, rosary cut and bavette are there, as is London broil and flank.
This is definitely a restaurant for carnivores according to Irish Independent critic Paolo Tullio.
"The menu doesn't have starters as such, and doesn't do desserts or coffees and teas, so BOD is getting the A list treatment on Tuesday with Jamie's own recipe Brownies.