MASH London follows the rather awesome American tradition of a steak house, where steaks come chunky and desserts come sweet.
Quality is the name of the game here, with steaks from some of the best cattle in the world. It can make it difficult to decide, if it wasn’t for the American standard service that comes along side, guiding your choices towards your carnivorous preferences.
It actually has a Danish team behind these restaurants (the first MASH we discovered was in Copenhagen). I think, perhaps, the Danish sense of humour has turned a great steak into a great experience.
Inside, it’s giving out a glamorous and elegant American Art Deco vibe.
If you are lucky, you’ll meet Miroslav who greeted us on this oddly hot and humid Autumn day with chilled water in stylish glasses.
Feeling recovered from the tubes and typically hectic streets of Piccadilly we got to picking a cocktail each from a fabulous Prescription Book, with ‘Prescription for Medical Liquor’ written on the front and unique MASH cocktails in it’s pages. Such as Danish Crown which promises to ‘give you a hint of how it is to wear a crown on the top of your head’.
Andy ordered a Vodka Sour with egg whites (which he crooned over) and I ordered ‘one of this’.
We loved the packet of sweets, giggling at how fabulous it is to mix classy and quirky.
You may catch Miroslav cutting large ice-cubes from one giant glassy block.
I just love the detail! Spot the branding on the ice placed neatly by the bartender.
I think he could make a pretty impressive ice sculpture with a that kit!
One exceptional cocktail you should try when you’re here is the NYC Cola with pure old Bourbon Whiskey.
Neither I nor my husband knew we even liked whiskey that much. Now, we would go back for this cocktail!
Besides you get a hand cut branded piece of ice. Not convinced?
And it tastes as good as it looks!
Now settled in we are led to our table. Even though we are having an early lunch the restaurant is wonderfully lit.
Booths are everywhere. We love a booth, finding it gives a more intimate experience. Whether you are dining in a party of two or six, you can be in your own bubble.
Andy loved this menu. Happily discussing the virtues of American steaks (very soft) to the Danish (more texture/flavour) to British (well known and loved) to Wagyu (hand picked by a master, but concerns regarding heart attacks) and so on…
I actually had my eye on the burger, feeling a little rebellious doing so, but you can’t help your cravings, can you? I sort of expected to sense a little disappointment from the waiter, but he looked at me with an eye of confidence. Great. This could be really good.
The wines can be pricy here, but there are also some very good slighter cheaper ones. This one a very good Russian River.
The bread. Oh the bread. It’s crunchy, with a salted crust and incredibly difficult to stop eating.
Serrano ham. Very flavoursome.
MASH salad: Chicory, baby gem, grapefruit, beetroot, soy, peanuts, candied pecans. A lovely balance of flavour and textures. Surprisingly satisfying.
Danish dried aged rib-eye steak. A revelation to Andy who learnt he liked more texture and loved the full on beef flavour.
Sides. Chilli cheese balls, packed a punch (actually a bit spicy for me, but just right for Andy).
Vegetables. Green salad with vinaigrette, very good (perhaps a bit lighter on the dressing for me tho’). Sautéed Jalapeños, enjoyed by my chilli lovin’ hubby. Sautéed corn with bacon, where has this been all my life?
THIS burger. This MASH burger with bacon, cheese and chilli fries (actually has more than that going on including a chunky onion ring and a gaggle of sauces). It’s one of the best, maybe the actual best, burger I’ve ever had.
It’s everything (and I normally save this kind of talk for the desserts!).
Andy wrapped his chops round it and exclaimed ‘wow!’. We were both very happy.
We were actually satisfied and didn’t need a dessert, except to say, we were intrigued as everything else had been so good. Plus, I’m a serious blogger and I couldn’t just leave you hanging.
We ordered the MASH cheesecake with rhubarb compote and rhubarb sorbet, and the MASH dreamcake with vanilla ice-cream.
Both were very good. Just not as great as the rest of the meal. The dreamcake was a new dessert for us, with it’s mushroom fancy dress. It has gentle coffee flavours.
Typically of MASH the bill came with a sense of humour. This made us smile and it’s another thing we love about MASH restaurants.
MASH combines brash and brand with elegance and flair. You get an American experience with a Danish poke of fun. We were busy planning which table would be good for when we return with our kids and co. We can’t say better than that.
77 Brewer Street
W1F 9ZN London
Find it here.
It’s open every day except Sunday lunchtime.
If you are heading to Copenhagen see our experience here.
Thank you to our daughter and her fella for buying us a gift card for this lunch date. We had a really wonderful time.
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