MASH London: where we ate like Gordon Gecko and Patrick Bateman

MASH Steakhouse has an old school masculine vibe which I like; the place is set a couple of floors underground and it almost feels like an exclusive speakeasy until you see the wall of butchered meat behind the bar. On a Tuesday night, the clientèle was dominated by suits and my inner psycho was thriving in a sea of Gordon Geckos or Patrick Batemans. An exciting start. 

I perused the very impressive wine list while waiting for my date…

…but ended up nursing an aperitif instead. Nothing like a good negroni (£9.50) to push the old school vibe further.
My super cool date (my beautiful cousin D) appeared and ordered a Morning Glory Fizz (£9.50). It’s a refreshing concoction of bourbon, lemon juice, soda, egg white and absinthe. 
 Complimentary bread basket

For starters, I had half a dozen oysters (£17). I like my oysters fat and creamy and unfortunately, the ones at MASH were rather tiny and lacking in that “sea snot” flavour.

D’s Caesar salad (£9.50) was a bit of a let down as I thought it was not too far from a shop-bought salad.

As our starters were a bit underwhelming, we decided to go all out on our mains and sides.

We both got the 300g Danish ribeye (£35) with a cheeky slice of foie gras for me (£6). The beef is dry-aged for 90 days which makes it more tender and more flavourful.

My cut was quite fatty, but cooked rather nicely for a medium rare. I think the seasoning was rather decent, so the mood was rather lifted.

The creamy spinach (£4.50) was actually good. I appreciate that it’s served in a warm skillet which kept it creamy, gooey and warm, unlike in other steak houses where the leaves are extremely wilted and watery.

The mac and cheese (£4.50) was pretty decent too, although I am still in the hunt for the cheesiest M&C in town.

D ordered some mash potato (£4.50) and it came topped with bacon bits. I loved this, because hello… BACON. That said, even without the bacon bits the mash was pretty good on its own.

For dessert, classic creme brûlée (£9.50). I thought this had good flavour but unfortunately it was overcooked. We opted for coconut ice cream to go with, because life’s too short to opt for vanilla. (and also because it was raining and we needed a bit of Summer).

Overall, MASH is a decent enough steakhouse in all its grand indulgent ambience. The sides were surprisingly good but I still prefer steak from Goodman or Hawksmoor (or perhaps even Hix across the road). The wine list is super impressive but if you’re up for a rather good time, grab yourself a negroni or two. By the bar, where it’s super fun to people watch.

Note: Our dinner was partly paid for by Zomato.

MASH London
77 Brewer Street, London W1F | +44 (0)20 7734 2608
Ave spend pp: £80
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  1. 14th April 2015 / 9:30 am

    I have a zomato voucher for this restaurant that I still need to use. I'm not a big meat eater so I was going to opt for a fish dish, it's a shame it's a little mediocre.
    Lots of love,

    SilverSpoon London

    • 14th April 2015 / 10:30 am

      If it's any consolation, sitting by the bar is good fun for old school cocktails and people watching. =)

  2. 16th April 2015 / 7:30 am

    Lovely review and pictures 🙂 It's a shame that the starters and dessert turned out to be not that great, but at least the steak came through in the end xx

    • 16th April 2015 / 12:49 pm

      Thanks Mehreen! True about the steak. Would've been a shame if their crowning glory was a let down! The sides were the stars of our meal, though!

  3. 18th April 2015 / 6:35 pm

    Haha woo, any place that makes you feel like you're rubbing shoulders with Patrick Bateman is off to a good start! I kind of got that feeling when I was researching it for Alex's birthday last year – we ended up at a Hawksmoor branch instead, and I feel like that was a good shout after reading your thoughts on MASH! The steak does look good – so maybe it's the kinda place you call in at on the off chance they've got a table when you're craving some hardcore meat? Or, as you say, for watching all the potential Batemans and Geckos from the relative safety of the bar…x

  4. 29th October 2015 / 11:20 am

    Waaa just read this, my post is ready to be published and agrees with you on all the disappointments plus more! Unimpressed! Lots of love, Andrea xxx

    Andrea's Passions