If you don’t like mangos, stop reading now. Any fans of kitschy sugary treats should stay on the page.
Concept café-bar, MADD (the clue’s in the name) is a neon south east Asian inspired haven of sugar-highs and fruity cocktails.
Fluoro mannequins – a yellow man and a pink woman – hang face-down from the ceiling, and exotic fruits line the bar, tucked away on Rupert Street, between sex shops and gay bars.
It’s both the first thing you’d expect here, and the last. It’s a sugary child’s mecca, but it’s also decadent, grown up and a little bit bad for you.
The concept is simple: pick a base dessert, from a collection of mostly mango – but some non-mango – based options. Think thick and creamy baked mango yogurt, a refreshing mango passion fruit fool or a gooey chocolate tart. Then add chocolatey or fresh fruit toppings (of course, mango is one of the choices).
Alcoholic accompaniments include a cool rum-laced Mango Daquiri, a tequila-based Mango Margarita and an oh-so deadly Spice Mango, made from vodka, mango puree and Tabasco.
MADD proves that first impressions don’t always tell you a lot – this is much more dangerous, and exciting, than its brightly-coloured exterior would have you believe.
Desserts from £4.50; sharing platters £12; cocktails £6.50 and shooters £3.50.
53 Rupert Street, W1D 7PH; wearemadd.com