Our group executive chef Mike Reid talks to the Caterer about staying true to his food philosophy.
M Threadneedle Street; our multifaceted venue, houses the award-winning M GRILL restaurant, a private members lounge, destination cocktail bar, wine-tasting room and a secret den, in addition to flexible private dining and event spaces.
M Victoria Street, our second award-winning venue is home to M GRILL; serving the best steaks in the West End, M RAW; our 100% gluten-free restaurant, public and private members bars, a wine tasting room, private dining rooms & event spaces.
M Wine Store; our retail boutique shop, from which you can purchase unusual and premium quality wines, (typically only found in restaurants) in person, or from our online store. Winner of ‘Newcomer of the year 2017’
We are very excited to have opened M Twickenham! A new modern take on a Bar & Grill venue; we hope to have created the perfect home from home for both the residents and businesses of Twickenham. Bookings are now open.
Best Use of TechnologyThe Cateys 2016
Best UK Sommelier, Zack CharilaouHarpers Awards
Best New RestaurantHarpers Awards
Top 15 UK Healthiest RestaurantsMen’s Health ‘Epicure’
‘Diner Choice’ Award, 8 times WinnerOpen Table
Best for Steak and SeafoodTatler Restaurant Guide
Best New Opening (Shortlisted)Restaurant Magazine
Winner Best Newcomer 2017Drinks Retailing Awards
Best Young Chef UK & Ireland 2016San Pellegrino Awards
by Michael Reid
A FOREWARD FROM MARTIN WILLIAMS
CEO and Founder
I’ve always loved cooking: at the age of three, ‘our Mam’ used to dig out a heavy, sticky, well-used cookbook and I would spend afternoons baking with her. By the age of five, I had advanced to devising desserts suitable for our family Sunday lunches. A few years on, Saturday nights would be a medley of board games and dinner in the Williams household: my four siblings and I would take turns to cook a family dinner after an evening trying to rule the London property market via Monopoly, or conquering the world playing Risk. People ask where my ambition came from…”
The cooking and enjoyment of food played a large part in my childhood and family life. Now, I find few things more exciting than a rare night at home conquering a new recipe for my amazing and beautiful wife Claire, whilst Hudson, our chocolate Labradoodle, lies hopefully by the fridge. I hope this book brings happiness to you in the same way, as you work through M’s Executive Chef Michael Reid’s brilliant recipes.
At the start of my career two of my favourite books were Restaurant by Terence Conran – a book that goes through the design detail
behind great restaurants and brands – and Entertain by Ed Baines – a cookbook, which, as the name suggests, proved useful for all manner of entertaining of friends from breakfast to dinner. M: A 24 Hour Cookbook takes inspiration from both: it provides dusk till dawn recipes and also a little coffee table reading, taking you behind the scenes of restaurant life.
Moving to London at eighteen, I fell in love with grande dame restaurants such as Mezzo, Quaglino’s and The Ritz. Throughout the book, you will see that both M venues enjoy a sense of theatricality inspired by these and similar venues, and you will also find notes on the attention to detail that goes into creating the perfect restaurant experience: the quality offering and understated luxury (whether one wants to enjoy a burger and beer, or wagyu and a bottle of Screaming Eagle).
With the (hugely appreciated) encouragement and backing of my in-laws, Stuart and Susan, followed by a small group of fabulous and supportive like-minded investors, I opened M Restaurants London. The first was M Threadneedle Street in November 2014,
followed by M Victoria Street and M Wine Store in December 2015, next came M Bar and Grill Twickenham. M is the culmination of sixteen years of inspirations and ideas. These have burst out into each M venue, which house multifaceted offerings to create a ‘home from home’ so our guests can enjoy both heightened hospitality and the finest foods and beverages from breakfast through until the early hours – just like this cookbook aims to do.
I have been privileged enough to have two of the best leaders and personalities in the industry heading up my M family and creating it with me from the outset. Andre Mannini is our Operations Director and the epitome of charm: he leads by example and his knowledge and passion for every element of hospitality is second to none. Another great leader, our Executive Chef Michael Reid is the most intelligent chef I have ever come across and has both maturity and talent beyond his years.
I have long admired the writing of Nick Savage, whose words always bring restaurants to life. When I read his articles, his innate knowledge and love of food, dining and travel jumps
off the page in a colourful and vibrant narrative. I was delighted when he agreed to pen the words throughout the book for us and I am sure you will enjoy his writing too.
The M family is huge (sadly too big to mention each key individual) and when we have won awards (most recent accolades include Winner of Best Restaurant in London, Winner of Most Stylish Restaurant in UK, Winner of Best for Steak UK and Winner of Best Steakhouse in the City of London), I have always been keen to emphasise that each member of the team has played a major part in our success. From kitchen porter to wine director, no success has come, and this book wouldn’t have been created, without personal sacrifice. I am beyond grateful to all at M and their families and friends (including my own) for the amazing support and encouragement they have given in the past years.
I hope this cookbook, our story and Michaels amazing recipes inspire and accompany you through many happy moments at home and the cookbook provides an interesting insight into M along the way.