Dinner at MASH
I like a lot of things about the Danes. Their capital city, their eye for design, their cool, laid-back attitudes and now, it seems, their steak houses.
MASH - Modern American Steak House - is by no means a newcomer to the London foodie scene. Opening back in 2012 in Piccadilly, it's an impressively grand restaurant housed in a former ballroom on Brewer Street. One drizzlesome Tuesday evening in January, we shed our outerwear and left our bags at the reception, before making our way down the glossy, dark spiral staircase which lead us down two floors into the pit of the magnificent restaurant.
Greeted firstly by the bar, a grand sight to behold, and behind it, the vast, art-deco styled restaurant filled with booths and banquettes, cloaked in mood-setting low lighting. We settled in to a cosy booth and got to ordering.
For starters, we opted for a bold flavoured Tuna Tartare served with plenty of light and citrusy avocado, chili and a Japanese dressing with hints of wasabi, and the Dry-aged Croquettes, heavenly beefy balls served with a spicy salsa.
It comes as no surprise to anyone I'm sure, but it’s all about the steak at MASH. From the display fridges in the middle of the restaurant to the extensive menu, filled with cuts from around the world. From Uruguay to Japan via, of course, Denmark, MASH showcases the very best of the beef world. The Scottish Rib Eye was a heavenly piece of meat, a juicy, tender, flavoursome cut of prime Black Angus grass-fed beef from the Scottish highlands. As was the American Rib Eye, a delicious corn-fed beef from Nebraska that packed all the flavour. Of course, no steak would be complete without a few sides so dishes of creamy spinach, sautéed mushrooms and green beans complemented the main attractions perfectly. Washed down with a bottle of Bodegas Roda Sela 2013, a beautiful Spanish Rioja hand-picked by the Sommelier.
If you have the room - which you should make - then have desserts as they're worth it. The Chocolate Fondant is deliciously melted in the middle and served with the most decadent vanilla ice cream whilst the Crème brûlée is DIVINE. Thick and creamy with the perfect layer of hard caramel on top, making that satisfying cracking sound as you break into it. I think it was genuinely one of the best brûlées I've ever tasted.
And with that (and a generous pot of fresh mint tea), we finished off a truly delicious meal. MASH was everything you expect from a steak house. Big and bold with a focus on good service and good steak. Guaranteed to please any steak lover in your life.
77 Brewer St, Soho, London W1F 9ZN