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Mac & Wild

Restaurants, British Fitzrovia
Recommended
4 out of 5 stars
Mac & Wild
Venue says Try our Venison topside steak, chips & glass of house wine or beer for only £19 pp (available 7 days/week, can't be used with other offers).

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4 out of 5 stars

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Venison is the star at this Fitzrovia deer-fest.

Veniphobia. It’s not an official phobia, like arachnophobia, agoraphobia or my personal favourite, omphalophobia (the fear of belly buttons). But it should be. We all know someone who suffers from it: an irrational fear of venison.
 
Mac & Wild is the cure. A cosy Fitzrovia newcomer with a Scottish heart, it specialises in wild deer that has none of the off-putting ‘gaminess’ people associate with venison -- it also happens to be mind-bogglingly tender. Most of the meat comes from co-owner Andy Waugh’s father’s estate, the rest from other trusted highland hunters, all of whom use state-of-the-art refrigeration techniques. On our visit we watched a waiter convince a table of fashionistas to go for venison, rather than beef chateaubriand: ‘if you don’t like it, I’ll take it off the bill.’ They devoured every morsel. 
 
Mac & Wild’s origins date back to 2010, when Waugh drove down to Borough Market with a van-load of raw deer meat. This led to him selling venison-based street food (as ‘The Wild Game Co’) at markets and pub residencies, before finally opening a 2014 pop-up. It was so popular that within weeks Waugh and his team were looking for a permanent site. 
 
The result: Mac & Wild, a stylish place filled with rough-hewn wood tables, bare bricks, and modish lighting. The Scandi-leaning Scottish food it serves (the chef is Danish) is mostly sensational. In addition to terrific venison ‘steak frites’ (£11) and order-by-weight chateaubriand, there are beefy alternatives and other wild things: a giant pine mushroom, cleaved in two; a grilled mackerel, served cold with a sticky soy sauce and parsley ash-coated cucumber balls. Best of the all was the ‘venimoo’ (£10): a double patty (one venison and one beef, as the game on its own would be too lean), melted cheese and pickles in a sesame bun. 
 
Only our desserts – an under-boozed cranachan, and three cloying chocolate teacakes – disappointed. But service was exceptional and the ambiance lively. Grab your nearest veniphobe and get them into rehab.


Mac & Wild says
Scottish Champions Mac & Wild take diners on a journey to the Scottish Highlands, enjoying the finest wild venison, game, seafood and whisky in a rustic setting.  

Mac & Wild Fitzrovia, just a short walk from Oxford Street, was founded by Andy Waugh, who hails from just north of Inverness. The majority of Mac & Wild’s meat is sourced and then butchered with care by his family’s game-butchering business, which has been in existence for over 30 years.

The menu features their award-winning 'veni-moo' burger, venison chateaubriand, haggis pops, Scottish smoked salmon, dirty buttery mash, haggis mac and cheese, whisky sticky toffee pudding, deep-fried mars bar sundae(!) and Irn Bru Daiquiris!

There are over 100 varieties of whisky and a selection of Mac & Wild's very own Scottish cocktails.

Come in for a taste of the Highlands... without leaving Zone 1.

Mac & Wild began its journey as a Scottish street food sensation, serving up one of Scotland’s finest exports to London’s everyday people. From a market stall on Whitecross Street, to a pop-up on Charlotte Street, Mac & Wild now have two permanent restaurants in London, Mac & Wild Fitzrovia and Mac & Wild Devonshire Square.

Mac & Wild continues to feed Londoners with some of the wildest, most delicious meat in the world, along with a carefully selected variety of seasonal Scottish produce from handpicked suppliers and producers from the Highlands.

Details

Address: 65 Great Titchfield Street
London
W1W 7PS
Transport: Tube: Oxford Circus
Price: Meal for two with drinks and service: around £70.
Menu: View Menu
Contact:
Opening hours: Mon-Fri noon-3.30pm, 5.30pm-11pm, Sat 11am-4pm, 6.30pm-11pm, Sun 11am-4pm.
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