Mac and Wild – Upping the ‘Game’ When it Comes to Sunday Brunch
October 29, 2018
It’s not just Londoners who know how to do brunch! Smashing it for Scotland in the centre of the capital is the fabulous Mac and Wild with two of their restaurants sporting our favourite weekend feast – in Fitzrovia and in the City at Liverpool Street.
Brunch at Mac and Wild is no ordinary brunch. Where else can you gorge on delightful deep fried haggis pops with a secret recipe Red Jon sauce? Where else can you knock back countless cocktails and glasses of prosecco for only £21 when ordering a main?
Luxuria Lifestyle visited the Fitzrovia restaurant last Sunday with a table booked for 3pm when the place was in full swing! It’s a small cosy spot, with a roomier floor downstairs (I noticed there were lots of groups of men down there – think of it as a Scottish man cave…) With a simple design and subtle nods to Scotland, the interior is cool and minimal with impressive tree trunk tables and a bar stocked with more whisky than is possibly available in all of the Highlands.
You’ll find the cocktail of the month quirkily scrawled on the mirrors above the tables. The Brigadoon was a delight – a hit of whisky, the sweet syrupy almond flavour of orgeat, apricot liquor and lemon. My boyfriend necked the impressively presented Forager – Old Fashioned Stylee with Glenkinchie 12yo, foraged pine needle tincture, double infused heather, a touch of honey and a drop of barrel aged bitters. It’s basically set alight at the table and the smell is reminiscent of cold bonfire nights whilst knocking back the most delightful of winter warming whiskies. What could be better?
The brunch menu is a darn good one with tonnes of choice. Butcher’s Cuts (which you’ll find more details of, written on the windows – where else?), the mains include favourites like the Full Scottish Breakfast complete with tattie scones, venison sausage and bone marrow beans, while you’d be hard pushed to find a better hangover cure than the Dirty Scottish Breakfast Bap (washed down with a glass of fizz for some proper hair of the dog of course!)
The Mac and Wild signature Venimoo beef and venison patty is also on the list for good measure – this restaurant staple is so good, it’s even won awards.
Despite the amazing choice on offer, sometimes at 3 o’clock on a Sunday afternoon, only a roast will do and what do you know, Mac and Wild are aware that’s how we might be feeling. They have the mother of all venison roasts with more veggies than you’d find on your gramps’ allotment. Cauliflower absolutely smothered in cheese, a fantastic Yorkshire, seasonal veg which you could cook a hundred times at home, but it would never taste this good.
Of course everything you eat at Mac and Wild has been sourced for its quality. With co-owners Calum McKinnon and Andy Waugh’s dedication to champion only the very finest Scottish produce, a lot of it comes from Andy’s estate.
Without going into detail on the list of desserts, there’s one must-order, and that’s the simply divine Sticky Toffee Pud which comes with a silky, buttery, syrupy whisky, caramel sauce. So sweet and delightful is that sauce that it makes your mouth water. Desperately keen to try the Deep Fried Mars bar ice cream, I’ll have to save that one for next time.
And as if all that unlimited prosecco and cocktails weren’t quite enough, the only way to finish brunch is with a whisky flight. Indulge the bar man by asking which is which and what you should be tasting. They LOVE this.
A brilliant brunch. Mac and Wild most definitely hits the spot. Indulge in their Bottomless Brunch for just £21 when you buy a main, while Meaty Mondays offer up 50% off their butchers cuts every Monday for lunch and dinner.
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Written by Luxuria Lifestyle UK’s Ashleigh Whitfield