The night before Burns night we skipped across puddles through the rainy back roads of London to dine at Mac & Wild. The Great Titchfield location is nestled in a right foodie area, so great for an wander about on days when it’s not quite so damp!
We bundled in just as it opened for dinner servings, as due to the Burns week festivities, bookings were few and far between.
It’s such a cosy place, with tables snuggled closely, whisky clad bar, and upcycled beer cans decorating each table with a posy of flowers!
There was a fun selection of extra’s in celebration of Burn’s night, so I had to order the Haggis, neeps and tatties burger of that menu.
Whilst their classic veni-moo burger won the best burger of 2016, so Patrick wen’t for that.
We went for a side of chips with both, and the great thing is they have a lunch and early dinner deal of highlander burger, chips and drink for £15. An additional side you should consider, but we weren’t quite hungry enough to justify on this occasion is the truffle Mac-n-cheese, one of their renowned dishes, with good reason!
The veni-moo was delicious. Perfectly cooked, but be warned, this isn’t one for eating tidily. The patties don’t hold together well, but absolutely delicious. The brioche bun tries to hold this all in with a slick of bernaise, caramelised onions and cheese to try and keep the contents in.
The Haggis, neeps and tatties burger was so so good. The neeps were pureed down and spread across the bun, the tatties wedged in with the haggis patty and caramelised onions make for a mouthwatering combo! All crammed into a white muffin and a pot of gravy to ladle over or use to dip your burger in, the choice is yours…
The chips are, and this is intended as a compliment, like that of your first time visiting Maccy D’s, crisp, gloriously bad for you and super salty, the key difference, super potatoey. Sounds weird right, but the skin on fries make them taste more like an actual crispy potato, which is rather welcome to the nondescript fry front of days gone by.
This was all rather filling. As we didn’t want to skip dessert we decided to share a sticky toffee pudding with a milk ice cream scoop on top. Now I like cream as my usual go to with sticky toffee pudding. But the ice cream was a perfect accompaniment, cutting through the rich sticky toffee sauce and the pudding was steamed well, without becoming dry, keeping some moisture and rich, to some degree stodgy comforting flavours.
Then when the bill comes, a fancy phone/tablet comes alongside to rate your experience (spoiler, top marks all round!)