LONDON EATERIES – Tempted by Tapas at Mas Q Menos
I have to confess when it comes to tapas bars I was am somewhat hesitant with my enthusiasm, as I am not really being a fan of the dishes I have experienced thus far. So I turned up to the venue with my other half, anticipating we would be exiting the evening hungry! I really wasn’t in the mood for lots of fiddly dishes, what I honestly wanted was a big stuff-my-face steak.
Situated in the heart of Soho at 68-70 Wardour Street, it’s in a prime location. Stepping inside it certainly had a bar-like demeanour with a large counter expanding along one side with Mas Q Menos in large illuminated letters, and with round tables and soft chairs opposite. The décor is certainly both chic and comfortable with a mixture of black walls and light wood fittings. Adorning part of the walls are shelves of wines and hanging pieces of ham. It’s a brilliant display of contemporary and conventional. But alas, despite these aesthetics, the atmosphere was lacking as there was only a handful of customers. However, this was the only negative element of what was a spectacular evening of tastebud stimulation.
Adorning part of the walls are shelves of wines and hanging pieces of ham. It’s a brilliant display of contemporary and conventional.
Given the menu, I ordered a selection of tapas with assistance from the waiter. Since I am no tapas expert, it was a bit of a lottery what I was ordering but I sensed this was no banal tapas bar. As promised by the décor, this tapas bar specialised in high- end jamón! I ordered some rosé wine for myself and a red wine for my other half. And I have to say the wine was perfect for my pallet, but it was the food that I was interested in trying. And the dishes started to arrive, a concoction of fine hams, cheeses and special breads. Not only did they look appetisingly delicious, they tasted more exquisitely excellent than they appeared. The stand-out dishes were the stuffed cream cheese peppers, and the tomato, asparagus and ham salad. Both had incredible intense flavours that were full of zest but not too overwhelming. In all the dishes we sampled the individual flavours were able to flourish without one dominating the other. The wine, also perfectly complimented our tapas selection. We had six dishes between us, and because the portions were generous, I wasn’t, as anticipated, feeling hungry afterwards.
Not only did they look appetisingly delicious, they tasted more exquisitely excellent than they appeared.
Now for dessert. The favourite by far was the coca bread generously covered with nutella and whipped cream. The other half was blown away by it. I had a chocolate fondant, which was no better or worse than any I had had before, but it was the dessert sherry that was recommended to accompany it that was the highlight. It had overtones of prunes and raisins, the perfect partner for chocolate.
I left Mas Q Menos happy and surprisingly full. I didn’t have to hit the fish and chip shop (done that before) on the way home! In fact we both concurred that it was an excellent evening of fine dining even though it was just TAPAS!
This is a restaurant I will definitely go back to and recommend without reservation. The whole experience was equal to a fine dinning restaurant! Well done Mas Q Menos and good luck with the future you are a sparkling new gem amongst a collection of tarnished chains.
68-70 Wardour St, London W1F 0TB, 020 7287 3773
Cuisine: Spanish Tapas
Heart London 5* rating
Darren, Heart London Magazine