Veni-Moo 3

Review: Mac & Wild

65 Great Titchfield Street,
London, W1W 7PS
020 7637 0510

Mon –  Wed:
Lunch 12:00pm – 3:30pm
Dinner 6:00pm – 11:00pm
Thu – Fri:
Lunch 12:00pm – 3:30pm
Dinner 6:00pm – 12:00am
Lunch 12pm-5pm
Dinner 6:00pm – 12:00am
Lunch 12pm-5pm (roast)

We have to be honest: we don’t know much about Scottish food. We’ve of course had black pudding and haggis (and have more specifically drooled over Deeney’s Macbeth grilled cheddar sandwich with haggis, caramelised onions & rocket more than once) but other than that, we still have plenty to learn. So when we made our way to Mac & Wild, we were pretty excited.

Launched last autumn by Andy Waugh, the man behind street food sensation The Wild Game Co., Mac & Wild offers meaty dishes in a hipster-cosy setting. The crowd, which ranged from guys in their twenties in beanies and buttoned up shirts, to women in their sixties using their i-Phone light as a tool to examine the menu, was buzzing. We instantly felt at home.

“What would you like to drink?” asked an incredibly beautiful waitress who wasn’t wearing a hint of make-up. Quickly skimming through the menu (as we never quite have time to check the drinks list whenever they ask this question), we opted for a “local” cocktail: Auld Pal. Now whisky isn’t usually our beverage of choice (although it’s slowly starting to grow on us) but this drink was absolutely fantastic. Ancnoc 12 Highland whisky blended with chamomile & gorse glower tincture, dandelion & burdock bitters and Bianco vermouth & suze liqueur: simply incredible. The light floral flavours really softened the spirit while adding a quirky kick to it. Needless to say we ordered more than one.

As for the food: options were limited, but to be honest we’d rather that than too many. Nothing is worse than having to spend 30 minutes examining a menu as thick as the bible. The single paged A4 sheet enabled us to make a choice in less than 5 minutes and get back to our conversation. We opted for 2 starters and a big fat steak to share, and we were not disappointed.

The roasted Portobello Mushroom served on a dill cake with a poached egg, fennel slaw and whiskey dressing was incredibly tasty while the perfectly seasoned venison tartare with turnips and fresh yolk had us licking our plates clean (£9). Their beef Chateaubriand came medium rare (we did notice that they did not ask us how we liked our steak done, which is fine by us as medium rare works for us — although it could’ve been a tad rarer). Either way, the meat, which we dipped into a béarnaise sauce, melted in our mouths.

We ordered a side of Haggis Mac n Cheese to go with it, as we absolutely loved the way it was displayed on the menu with a *may contain truffle asterisk – and damn do we love truffle.

When it was time to order dessert, our stomachs were jam-packed and we unfortunately had to give it a miss but we will without a doubt be back for more. Our only regret: not having ordered the Veni-Moo burger (£10). Served in a brioche bun with both a beef and venison patty, béarnaise sauce, cheese, and caramelised onions, this baby was voted Britain’s best burger 2016. Now that alone is a reason to come back.

Recommended: for small groups or dates

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