The popular street food favourite The Wild Game Co. launched its first permanent home last year called Mac and Wild on Great Titchfield Street in Fritzovia. The Scottish game theme follows at the restaurant from the Highland inspired menu to the décor creating a unique dining experience. The Wild Game Co. and Mac and Wild were founded by Andy Waugh who has successfully brought the taste of Northern Scotland to London.
I know what you’re thinking – why would a vegetarian want to dine at a restaurant famous for its meat? I was interested by the Highland inspired concept and I have never been to Scotland, let alone a Scottish inspired restaurant. There is one vegetarian main meal option on the menu (Grilled Cauliflower). I love cauliflower. I was sold.
I like to do my research before trying somewhere new so I emailed the restaurant a while back to find out more about the vegetarian options. Mac and Wild replied with a detailed email about the vegetarian food available. Impressed by the sound of the dishes, the foodie in me was eager to check it out.
I arrived with a friend on a Monday evening around 6pm. I knew from the moment I saw the door handle, the Highland inspired theme has been taken seriously. The restaurant has a sophisticated, candle-lit ambience. The staff were very friendly and overall the service was excellent throughout the evening.
Pine mushroom, brown butter, spring onion, chanterelle puree – The mushrooms were lacking flavour but the chanterelle puree was delicious providing the kick the mushrooms needed.
Grilled cauliflower- centre of a cauliflower grilled with puree, swiss chard and purple potato chips. I had high hopes for this being the only vegetarian main meal, but sadly I was disappointed. I was expecting a lot more flavour. I enjoyed the perfectly grilled floret tops, however the core tasted undercooked and bland. The puree was very tasty and the most flavoursome part of the dish. The purple potato chips were a bit scarce but also delicious.
Dirty buttery mash – This was heavenly! Melt in your mouth perfect buttery mash that went well with the cauliflower. This was the highlight of the main meal for me.
Sticky toffee pudding, whisky cream, scotch toffee sauce – As expected, the pudding was very sweet and tasty! Great scotch toffee sauce but the whisky in the cream was overpowering.
Summary: A Scottish Highland inspired dining experience by Andy Waugh who has successfully brought a taste of Northern Scotland to Great Titchfield Street. Brilliant service, Highland themed décor, fresh high quality food and a calm candle-lit setting. Limited choice for veggies. One main vegetarian option – Grilled Cauliflower, a couple of veggie starters and a selection of mouth-watering desserts. For the meat eaters – Mac and Wild is known for the finest game sourced directly from The Highlands.
Reservations: Bookings can be made online via the website or call 0207 637 0510
Location: 65 Great Titchfield Street, Fritzovia
Perfect for: A nice lunch or dinner with friends/family (More likely to be appreciated by meat eaters)