When I think “West End”, the hustle & bustle of soho and the theatre immediately come to mind. However, even though I’m partial to a show and a meal, I’ve never succumbed to the traditional “pre-theatre dinner”… until now. Like many people (I can imagine), I normally don’t like being offered a limited menu or eating at awkward times – but MASH completely changed this!

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After watching the first half of The Cursed Child, we made our way to MASH on Brewer Street. If you’re a fan of double puns, you will love the fact that MASH stands for “Modern American Steak House”, on top of their infamous “mash potato with onion and bacon” on offer.

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a sneak peak at the normal menu

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We started with the salad and charcuterie to share (unlimited bread was also given to us). The salad was dressed deliciously and the nuts were honey glazed, a lovely surprise.

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I chose the Uruguay Rib-eye and George had the American Steak. Even though MASH serve the finest cuts of steak such as Wagyu on their norman menu, we weren’t expecting anything special from the £22 two-course menu (when the average price for a London steak will cost in excess of £30). However, the American steak won me over! It was packed full of flavour and very tender, my Rib-eye was slightly fatty in some parts but generally an incredibly tender piece of meat. We sat there in silence, beaming from ear to ear, trying to make it last as long as possible.

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The absolute highlight of the meal for both of us was the creamy spinach. I have never had anything like it. In many of the steak-houses I have eaten at, creamy spinach is normally a delicious wilted spinach, garlic and cream concoction. MASH, however, added cheese into the mix and it was almost impossible not completely inhale it. The portion sizing of the sides was suitable due to the richness of both the spinach and the mac and cheese, but this is one of the reasons I will definitely be heading back here soon! Two two-course pre-theatre dinners (at a reasonable time) in the heart of Soho and a bottle of wine (including service) came to £75, it doesn’t get much more of a steal than that.

Next time you’re thinking pre-theatre and you’re in the mood for steak, you know where to go!

 

 

Hello, fellow foodies!

The last four weeks have been the most intense of my university life. I can finally say that as of Monday I will be done with my degree and done with university. I can’t wait to be a graduate and have time to blog again. Here are my top recommendations of the week, they’re going to include some of the best places I have eaten at over the past month. Enjoy!

The Orange, Chelsea

English classics with a twist

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Rabbit pie with asparagus. This dish was rich and tender with articulate presentation, far more artsy than your standard steak and ale!

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Tender lamb rump with potato puree, new season onion and wild garlic. This was my dish, I’ve never had pink lamb before but it was beautiful.  

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I wish I had picked this! Gnocchi with smoked garlic cream. Rich and heavenly.

Il Borgo, Kensington

A slice of Italy in London, the wall art and fish tanks will keep you looking around the room, rather than your phone!

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After craving gnocchi since visiting The Orange, I had to have the gorgonzola gnocchi at Il Borgo. Definitely worth a visit just for this.

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Calamari will always be a personal favourite, especially when served with aioli.

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Laduree, Covent Garden

Macarons are a food of the gods, the vanilla and salted caramel ones blew me away! Thanks to my bestie for getting me these for my birthday. Macarons used to scare me because I thought they were all marzipan flavoured for some unknown reason, but low and behold they’re not, and they’re awesome.

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Pix, Soho

This is something for a fun Friday night. Instead of going out for a normal meal, go to Pix in Soho and pick and choose exactly what you want to eat, the tapas style portions are so much fun and it’s great for sharing and conversation!

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With the same idea in mind as Yo Sushi, you pick as many tapas portions as you want and pay at the end. Tapas with the long sticks are £3.50 and small sticks are £2.50. It’s easy to rack up a big bill in here if you aren’t watching what you are doing, so be careful!

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The truffle oil, artichoke and parmesan toast were my favourite, closely followed by the prosciutto and quails egg. This is a great spot for people who love picky food or just want a light dinner.

So there we have it, those are my top foodie picks from the last month. I hope I’ve inspired some of you to visit these places, because they were all to die for.

Happy Friday!

Hello everyone, I’m back on the blog after a few weeks of focusing on intense of Uni work and this one’s a real corker!

What’s better than chocolate? Chocolate dipped in chocolate of course.

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‘Said’ is an exquisite chocolatier on Broadwick Street in Soho. The scent of cocoa, coffee and indulgence hits you as you walk through the door.

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Here comes the fun part! Said’s infamous melted chocolate mecca will make you lose your mind.

Choose your preferred hot drink or sweet treat including the popular “chocolate cup” (yes, thats purely a cup made out of chocolate) and have it smothered in melted chocolate. This really is a chocaholic paradise.

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There’s no embarrassment here, as you take a cheeky look around the shop you’ll notice everyone else licking their cups clean, so go ahead! At the bottom of the cappuccino was a glorious surprise, even more melted chocolate.

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I felt like I had been transported into Willy Wonka’s world where everything is edible and there are no limits to how extravagant you can make your order. However, if overindulgence isn’t your thing, then they offer unique individual chocolates such as “black tea and mint” for the adventurous foodies.

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Beware, Said is extremely popular and we were lucky to arrive before a queue started forming out of the door. Similar to a few niche places in London, you may have to wait a while for service due to it being so busy but it will be well worth it.

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So, if your mouth is dribbling and all you can envisage for this weekend is drowning in chocolate, then head to Said.

If you want to visit: 41 Broadwick St, London W1F 9QL

 

My exciting first blog post will be about the best steaks I have enjoyed in London! Here are my top 3 restaurant’s based on service, food and atmosphere…

3. SOPHIE’S STEAKHOUSE 311-313 Fulham Road, London, SW10 9QH

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In third place is Sophie’s Steakhouse in Chelsea. In terms of service, Sophie’s Steakhouse was down-to-earth and positive. It was very busy and buzzing in here, meaning our waiter was slightly frantic, definitely more of a young person’s restaurant. The fillet steak (£30) was cooked well, very rare yet very very tender and incredibly generous with the portion – the phrase “melt in the mouth” has never been more relevant. The Rib eye comes in at £25 and the sirloin at £29. The creamed spinach side (£4.50) works stunningly with the steak. The steak also come with a bernaise sauce (in a separate pot), dripping fries and a house salad, so it is the best value for money out of of my top 3 restaurants. Sophie’s Steakhouse is great for a mid-week dinner outing with friends if you want to wine & dine in Chelsea.

I would also recommend:

The thick cut onion rings (£4), if you’re in the mood for pigging out with your meal then definitely get these as an added side to your steak.

2. HAWKSMOOR SPITALFIELDS 157A Commercial St, London, E1 6BJ

In second place is Hawksmoor Spitalfields, self proclaimed as “the best steak restaurant in the UK,” the fillet comes in at £34 which again I had, the ribeye is £30 and the Sirloin is £27.50. The creamed spinach (£5) is incredible here, by far the best side I have ever had! Once again it was very busy and loud in here due to the tables being relatively close together, that’s the reason why it has come in 2nd place (the steak was just as mouth-watering as 1st place). However, the service was amazing. My boyfriend and I were offered a free starter due to our main only being slightly delayed (it was hardly delayed). I would definitely recommend Hawksmoor if you don’t mind the noise. It’s a thriving and buzzing atmosphere on a Friday night, so head here with some friends or maybe an exciting date if you want a lively atmosphere!

I would also recommend:

Puddings: The Peanut Butter shortbread (£7.50) and Salted Caramel Rolo’s (£4), both to die for if you have a sweet tooth.

2. MAZE GRILL 10-13 Grovesnor Square, London, WIK 6JP

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Maze Grill, Mayfair

The winner has to be Maze Grill in Mayfair. The fillet steak (rare breed) comes in at an eye watering £40, but it is worth every penny, I have accompanied it with the blue cheese sauce for an extra £2.50 both of the times I have been (yes, I had to go again!). In terms of flavour, texture and size, Maze Grill ticks all three boxes.

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Medium rare fillet steak with peppercorn sauce and garlic

If you opt for the Mac & Cheese, be warned it is a little on the salty side but still incredibly delectable. The service was attentive and polite, and it wasn’t too noisy as the tables were spaced well apart. We were given iPad’s in which to choose our wine, wine boff’s like my father could sit there for hours trying to choose a suitable bottle. I would recommend a Malbec with the steak as it compliments it beautifully, a bold Syrah also hit’s the spot. If you fancy a cocktail before you dine then enjoy one (£13-£15) in Maze Restaurant, (not to be confused with Maze grill) which is in the same building but on the left, rather than the right, as you enter. Maze Grill has been filled with an eclectic crowd both of the times I went; tourists, families, young couples, old couples and groups of friends. It seems like a wonderful setting for a birthday or for a special occasion. The restaurant is also notorious for its sushi and sashimi so if you’re more of a fish lover then Maze Grill can accommodate you too.

I also recommend:

Small Plates – Buffalo Chicken Fillets (£5)

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Buffalo chicken fillets

If you’re into bold, spicy, punchy flavours then this is the perfect starter for you, I could eat this all day, it also comes as a main course and it is exactly the same in terms of flavour.

One other restaurant that I would recommend is Flat Iron (9 Denmark St, Soho, WC2H 8LS). If you’re on a budget in Soho and want a steak night then this is the place to go! The only steak they serve is a “flat iron” steak for £10, also known as the “butler steak” or “oyster blade steak.”

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Flat Iron steak

The cut is from the shoulder of the animal and it is slightly tougher than the average fillet or rib eye, however it is packed full of flavour and the sides are marvellous. I had creamed spinach (£3) and dripping cooked fries (£2.50), all sides are between maybe £2.50-£3.50. The atmosphere in Flat Iron is great for a date night, the lighting is slightly darker and it’s a rather small area, however if the tables are full then you could be seated at the bar which actually makes for a very intimate and fun dining experience. Be warned it is an incredibly popular restaurant and they don’t take reservation’s so you could have to wait upto over an hour on a Friday or Saturday night.

I would also recommend: The salted caramel sundae (£3.50) is deceivingly delicious,  it erupts from what appears to be a whipped cream dispenser into a small cup, however once the mousse is sprinkled with sea salt it becomes a scrumptious, light dessert. If you’re with a partner who has a big appetite I would recommend getting two as they can disappear incredibly quickly.

If you want to “do it yourself” with steak then Wholefoods (Piccadilly Circus, Camden, Kensington, Fulham & Clapham Junction) do an incredible Wagyu steak for £10.

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Wagyu Beef

Simply season with salt, pepper and garlic paste and cook on an incredibly high heat in a pan full of melted butter for 2 & a half minutes on each side to accomplish a medium rare steak. Beautiful!