I’ve been to Mac and Wild twice now, my first visit was Fitzrovia and my second was to Devonshire Square. Sam had heard about this Scottish meat restaurant through rugby and after checking out the menu, we just had to visit. The Fitzrovia location is a smaller, more intimate setting, where as Devonshire Square is a much larger space with a games area downstairs in the bar and the main restaurant upstairs. I enjoyed both layouts for different reasons and each one felt very warm and welcoming.
The menu is a mix of wee plates (starters), mains and sides. My advice would be to share with friends – at least the wee plates and sides – to try as much as possible. The haggis pops are a must for me, but I really want to try the Scotch egg too. For mains there are lots of delicious sounding options, including the venison topside with chips and the ‘Dive and Deer’ serving venison fillet and lobster for 2 people. However, there’s one item that I can’t see past and that is the Venimoo burger. This is a delicious stack of beef patty, venison patty, cheese, bearnaise sauce and caramelised onion, served in a seedless bun (there’s also the option to add bacon or have it bunless). It’s honestly the most delicious combination (the bearnaise sauce is genius) and up there as one of my favourite burgers; it’s no wonder that it has been voted London’s and the UK’s best burger.
I’ve had the Venimoo on both of my visits, but if the meat in the burger is anything to go by, the venison steaks would also be incredible. The haggis mac & cheese is a fantastic side, along with the chips, but I also have my eye on the Wilderness chips for next time! Although, the next time I visit I really want to go for the Sunday brunch or roast menu, both of which look insanely good, especially the bottomless brunch on a Saturday!
Devonshire Square is great for groups, with a bar to grab a drink at first and plenty of space, I would recommend Fitzrovia for couples or small groups. The service we’ve had has been pretty average; sometimes a bit slow, but no major issues or anything above and beyond. The food isn’t cheap, but I also find it reasonable for London and for the quality of the food; it certainly hasn’t put me off going back! Mac and Wild is ideal for meat lovers, looking for a nice restaurant, but relatively casual too, with a good atmosphere.
Atmosphere – 4
Food – 5
Price – 4
Service – 3
Total – 16/20