Mother Mash, Soho, London
My friend Davina, from Canada, but these days Melbourne, was in town for the week. We had spent a busy Monday morning being tourists around London, checking out Buckingham Palace and Egg Break earlier in the day. And like many tourists we were after a lunch with that British edge. Something traditional, something local. We ended up in Soho. I’m always magnetised to that place. And we found ourselves at Mother Mash.
Mother Mash is a venue that celebrates the humble mashed potato. And a major way. It’s a three step process but your first big decision is what type of mash to go for. There’s eight (!), and the mashes are made to order. Some include vege, cheese, or are of the sweet potato cut. I liked both the Cheesy Mustard and the Colcannon ones that we got. Cheesy mustard is exactly as it sounds whilst the Colcannon is a traditional Irish style with milk, butter, cabbage and onions.
These are some fun and worthwhile twists on the regular. And your other choices are for the main (sausage or pie) and one of five gravy options. There’s eight meat sausages available and six different types of pies. The vegetarian sausages that we are ordered are executed well. This is a good thing, as there’s not too many other vegetarian options. And the gravies are delightfully savoury and there’s plenty of it.
My pie was the special Lamb Hot Pot and this was tasty. It’s meaty, chunky and some awesome flavours. The only downer is it might be ordered in rather than homemade and tasted as such. For £9.25 – £9.95 the price is reasonable and I can easily understand it being a popular haunt for the work-time lunch. Our sweet server was very friendly on our visit but remarked she had a very busy shift as the wait team was only her! Give that a woman some mash already.