Scottish game, seafood and whiskey champions embark on the City
Category : Restaurant
| Cuisine : British
Address : 9A Devonshire Square , The City , London , EC2M 4YN, UNITED KINGDOM - Directions
Web : www.macandwild.com
Opening Times : Mon-Fri: 12pm-10.30pm
Closest Tube : Liverpool Street
The original Mac & Wild in Fitzrovia is just around the corner from our office and one of our perennial faves for team dinners, so we were pretty excited to hear that they were opening a second restaurant in the City. We weren't let down. Situated on Devonshire Square in the building that formerly housed Hixter, the restaurant is perfectly situated to draw in a fun-loving, meat-loving, whisky-loving crowd looking to kick back with pals or celebrate with workmates. Founded by Andy Waugh, a native of the highlands whose family has run a game-butchering business north of Inverness for donkey's years.
The dining room exudes the old world charisma of Devonshire Square - former warehouses for the East India Company. It's been given a rusticated refit with bull's blood leather banquettes, pressed tin ceilings, pendant lighting fashioned from whisky decanters, wooden tables and wooden chairs and enough frosted glass to keep an eye on the good-looking diner on the opposite side of the room.
We ordered a bottle of Hesketh 'Midday Somewhere' shiraz from southern Australia and began to avail ourselves of the many delicacies on the menu. A visit to Mac & Wild wouldn't be complete without deep fried haggis pops served with a dulcet red jon sauce. The butter soft meat offers a pong of offal flavour without overwhelming in the slightest. The venison tartare is another beauty, however the venison scotch egg has to rank as one of the finest in the city, served with a ruthlessly sharp English mustard.
We segued into our mains with a deliquescent venison chateaubriand that almost melted on the tongue and a fat ramekin of béarnaise sauce that was really rather good, as well as a miniature casserole dish teeming with haggis macaroni and cheese. For dessert we enjoyed the Broke Millionaire's Shortbread - crafted with dark chocolate parfait, homemade shortbread, caramel mousse and cocoa soil. We felt obliged to accompany this with a flight of Speyside single malts.
We'd be remiss not to mention the other attractions at Mac & Wild City. Downstairs you'll find a full-sized bar where whisky masterclasses are offered, as well as a craft beer bar outside, and even a gun room with tweeds and pine trees where you can test your shooting mettle - it's like an upscale, drunken version of duck hunt. All of the ingredients for a great night, then.