[London] When it comes to macaroni and cheese, we normally associate the dish with stereotypes of TV dinners, processed fast food, and microwaves.
For some of us, we imagine the boxes of the stuff our mothers brought us from the supermarket when she doesn’t have time or is too tired to cook.
But the Mac & Cheese at The Mac Factory is no afterthought.
This tiny restaurant just around the corner from the northern entrance/exit of Euston Square station on Gower Street, dishes up little pots of cheesy pasta that attract people from all around Bloomsbury for an indulgent lunch.
You have to get there early. Otherwise the line that awaits, may not let you get back to work on time.
While you wait, there is a sign by the entrance with the different varieties on offer, each with exciting and interesting flavours for every palate.
If you want to try the original stuff, what people first think of when they hear ‘mac & cheese’ then you have got to try the Nostalgic (£6.20, SGD$11.56).
The signature includes The Mac Factory’s classic cheese blend of mature flavourful cheddar, milky mozzarella and a parmesan and thyme crumble.
This is the very basic go-to pot, but the rest of the menu is for the more adventurous.
The La Med Babe (£6.85, SGD$12.80) is topped with herby basil pesto, orb-like mozzarella balls and glistening semi-dried tomatoes, while the Super Mario (£7.20, SGD$13.40) with perfectly sautéed mushrooms, a drizzle of truffle oil and a sprinkling of garlic.
For the more Latin American take, go for the Hey Mac-Arena (£7.25, SGD$13.50) with latin style beef chilli, crisp tortilla chips, a dollop of sour cream and slices of jalapeno; and Mambo Italiano (£7.65, SGD$14.25) comprised of a simple yet popular combination of smoked pancetta, mushrooms and garlic.
I wonder how Victoria Beckham would feel about this food, but The Posh Spice (£7.20, SGD$13.40) seemed too exciting to pass up.
It came topped with crunchily charred, juicy strips of chorizo, accompanied by sweet caramelized onions and spicy harissa.
Mixed together with the creamy, gooeyness of the stringy cheese blend and wonderfully cooked pasta, it was definitely a dish to remember.
The Mac Factory is so conveniently placed that I am already thinking about my next visit.
They are doing great things with simple ingredients and it takes only one pot to get hopelessly addicted.
The Mac Factory
152-156 North Gower Street London NW1 2LU N Gower St, Kings Cross, London NW1 2LU, UK
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 8:00pm (Mon – Fri), Closed (Sat-Sun)
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* Written by DFD’s London Food Correspondent Leander Dias SaltyCritic. Leander Dias was born and raised in Dubai, a burgeoning city with diverse food culture. Since moving to London to read for his English MA at UCL, he has utterly immersed himself in the local food scene, writing extensively about everything he eats everywhere he goes. Daniel’s Food Diary pays for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.