Published on August 12th, 2014 | by Sophie Coulthard0
Mas Q Menos, Holborn
Summary: A jack of many trades, but has really mastered the informal open sandwich down to a tee
Having recently landed in the UK from native Spain, Mas Q Menos is hoping to make waves on the tapas scene here in London. Aiming to offer authentic Spanish taste in a friendly and informal atmosphere, the chain, which boasts 25 other branches in Europe, serves a variety of tapas and wines perfect for an after-work bite.
First impressions are that Mas Q Menos is a smart, slick-looking addition to High Holborn, with large windows, sleek, dark colours and attractive wooden bar. The walls are lined with legs of cured ham and bottles of wines, showing off the restaurant’s wares, and staff are attentive and efficient.
The drinks menu is a little limited; focussing on a couple of select wines and a few token spirits, it feels like Mas Q Menos is missing a trick when it comes to cocktails and sparkling wines, which have increasingly become the post-office tipple of choice. That said, the wines are well-picked from Spanish vineyards, reasonably priced (starting at just £3.90 a glass) and easy to drink – highly recommended comes The Flower and The Bee Rias Baixas Riberio.
The food at Mas Q Menos is perfect if you’re after a few sharing platters over a glass or two of vino; less perfect if you’re after a full three-course menu to impress a date on, though diners seemed to have grasped the informal concept quickly during our visit. A smattering of suits and briefcases chowed down on some ham whilst number-crunching, whilst a jovial group celebrated a friend’s birthday over a plate or five of cheese and pig-based deliciousness.
Signature dishes include its salty Superior Iberian ham on delectably chewy coca bread brushed in fresh tomato and oil as it’s served in Spain, as well as a rich, impressive cheese plate served with walnuts and a fruity accompanying dipping sauce. Other dishes weren’t such a hit; the slightly overcooked roasted veal and tomato didn’t quite go down as well, but Mas Q Menos redeemed itself with the outstanding, fresh-tasting Bresola, rocket salad, seasonal tomato, parmesan cheese, pine nuts and vinaigrette on coca bread.
Vibrant salads, fruit, pastries, cakes and sorbets are also on offer for breakfasts, lunches, with coffee or to take away and eat on the go. Mas Q Menos is a jack of many trades, but has really mastered the informal open sandwich down to a tee.
Mas Q Menos, 272 High Holborn, WC1V 7EYShare This Post