There is something raw about going to a steakhouse. It’s the ultimate place to go for the feel of being on top of the food chain. The interior of MASH definitely fuels on that feeling. Although being Danish there is nothing modest about the restaurant. Upon entering the restaurant you’ll be directed down the wide red carpet spiral staircase which takes you two floors down to the actual dining room preceded by a bar of equal grandeur. The sight of the dining room is quite impressive with lit up columns in Art Deco style. The dining room can host over 300 carnivores at the same time. The red colour continues into the dining room through the red carpet and red leather chairs accompanied with dark wood floor and tables. It can’t be a coincidence that the last restaurant here was named Titanic. Many of the tables are fixed to big red leather sofas similar to those typically found in American Diners. The table was surprisingly spacious for a restaurant that seats 300 people. Once at the table you don’t actually feel the size of the room because of the semi-transparent glass panels on the sofas cutting off the view.
MASH (Modern American Steakhouse) originated in Denmark 2009 and this is their first restaurant abroad. The menu is fairly straight forward. They offer meat from four countries, Uruguay, Denmark, US and Australia. We chose to share a selection of cuts from Uruguay, Denmark and the US. For sides we had onion rings, chips and green salad.
We had a no nonsense Danish waiter leading us swiftly through the meal. Each piece of steak was quickly sliced up by the table.
We shared four steaks: three ribeyes from Denmark/Uruguay/US and a Danish sirloin. It was interesting to try them side by side. My favourite was the Danish ribeye which I think was most flavourful. The steaks were well prepared and juicy. They were lightly flavoured and topped with a rosemary garnish. Together with the steaks we had a range of sauces from Bearnaise to red wine sauce. The Bearnaise was very good but for the ribeye I preferred the lighter red wine sauce.
Not much to comment on the onion rings other than the size of them. I expected thinner slices but was presented these donut-like things. The chips were the weakest link of the dishes we had. I found them not crispy enough and dry. I guess the lack of a photo on them is an evidence that they didn’t made a strong impression.
The green salad had only one function: to make us feel less guilty. This plate of vegetables had a hard time to compete with the steaks but it did its job well.
It was a pleasure to see coffee served in the familiar Bodum Coffee Maker, in fact expected for a restaurant from Denmark.
By the end of the meal the bill was delivered in a witty envelope. The damage was not too bad compared to similar restaurants in London. I believe that MASH will carve its niche in London’s steak scene. There are flaws in side dishes but the steaks were a joy. For those who wants to splurge a range of vintages of Screaming Eagle and Harlan are offered (yes, it’s an “American” steakhouse).
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77 Brewer Street
Tel. (+44) 020 7734 2608