I promised my wife that I wouldn't make our long-awaited UK vacation all about barbecue. When we discovered that world-renowned chef Gordon Ramsay had 'que on the menu at one of his London restaurants, she was kind enough to give me a hall pass for the day. I knew Gordon wouldn't be preparing my food himself, but I was still eager to sample the barbecue that his restaurant churns out.
A swarm of about eight staff members showed up to attend to us as soon as we opened the door. They took our coats and umbrellas, got our reservation, and seated us in their plush lounge area for cocktails while we waited. The ambiance and decor at Maze Grill were both very inviting. Their spacious, modern dining room was classy and trendy without being overwhelming or pretentious.
As anxious as I was to eat Chef Ramsay's interpretation of barbecue, I couldn't help trying out an appetizer first. We decided to sample the Chilli and Garlic Prawns, which come on grilled sourdough. The prawns were a little smaller than I was expecting, but were very tasty nonetheless. They definitely had some heat from the chili peppers, as well as a great sweet flavor. I also liked the bite from the garlic.
Not only do they tell you about the different steak options available at Maze, they show you the actual steaks and describe the flavors and marbling in full glorious detail. I guess steak is more of a luxury in the UK, because their selections included a 12oz Wagyu ribeye for £130.00 (roughly $218.00). In Texas, I could probably buy a BBQ pit, a bag of charcoal, and four Angus ribeyes for the same price or less. I just stuck with my pre-planned entree selection and ordered the Smoked BBQ Pork Ribs, which also come with Chilli Pickled Cabbage. Since I didn't plan on more than a small tasting of the pickled cabbage, I also added a side of Mac & Cheese for good measure.
Their pickled cabbage seemed like the Brittish version of coleslaw, neither of which typically agrees with my tastebuds. The cabbage was piled on top of the slab of ribs, so it came with its share of barbecue sauce. I found a nice crunch, as well as a pleasant acidic sweetness. The mac and cheese was delightfully creamy, and the crunchy topping added a good texture change. There was a good blend of cheeses, though I'm not sure what they were.
I assumed from the outset that my pork ribs would be baby backs, but these were larger than anticipated. There was a thick layer of sauce slathered on top, so that was sure to be the dominant flavor. The sweet barbecue sauce was ok, but I think some molasses would have made it better. The rib meat was very tender. I couldn't really taste any smoke, probably due to the sauce. I'm not completely opposed to barbecue sauce, but I'd rather see the meat shine on its own. That being said, the ribs were still pretty tasty.
There were a lot of great options for dessert, but we settled on their interestingly-named Knickerbocker Glory. I tried to listen to the description, but through our waiter's thick Hungarian accent, all I caught was "meringue," "salted caramel ice cream," and "raspberry". Good enough for me. This was by far one of the best desserts I've ever had. It was very complex: crunchy, nutty, creamy, chewy, sweet, salty, fruity, acidic, and chocolatey all at the same time. There were so many different flavors and textures going on, but they all somehow tied together perfectly.
At the conclusion of our meal, the manager came over and invited my wife and I into the back to see how a real Gordon Ramsay kitchen operates. The sweltering heat gave me much more of an appreciation for the work these guys do. It was really kind of them to give us a quick mini-tour, and it made the experience all the more memorable. If I'd ordered a steak instead of ribs, I'm sure that Maze Grill would have been a five-star meal across the board. Regardless, it was really fun trying out some barbecue from across the pond.
I'm surprised that this restaurant is so busy yet there is only one other Yelp review. I had a delicious grilled salmon with a side of fries and a green salad. It was pretty tasty. The fish was well prepared, not over cooked and juicy.
They brought toasted bread to the table which was awkward. One bite and crumbs everywhere. I liked the bread but would have preferred warmed but not toasted.
Service was friendly and inviting.
Enjoyed salmon with tangy coleslaw and a burger with fries! Very good and great service! No reservations but they worked us in and sat us at bar! Ask for special menu of 3 courses for 24$.
Worst Ramsay restaurant in London and new york! nice steak and thats it. cant even cook a proper mac and cheese! was too dry. service was even worst. they didn't make me feel comfortable or welcomed
A royal disappointment. My wife and kids are a HUGE fan of RAMSAY and have followed him on TV for years. We arranged a "once in a lifetime" trip to London with dinner at Maze Grill being our centerpiece. Upon arrival, we were very professionally treated and brought to our table. The table, directly in front of the bar, was extremely small for a party of six. It would actually have been uncomfortable for a party of 3. The apps were amazingly un-extraordinary. Nothing you cannot get at any other somewhat decent restaurant. The dinner was deplorable. Fish was over cooked and filled with bones (although listed as "fillet"). The beef was extremely expensive and just terrible. We could not stand to eat anymore of it. The quality of the beef was even worse than I had in India. I have spent years watching Gordon criticize other establishments. He ruined our trip with his expensive, over priced, typical, and under achieving establishment. SHUT IT DOWN! You should be ashamed of yourself, Gordon.
Been here a few times and we are never disappointed. The food is fabulous., the best steak i've ever had The staff are very friendly and have great knowledge on the large choice of wines available as they do with the food menu also. We have always felt relaxed and never felt pushed through our meal. The place is very modern, there has always been a great atmosphere when we've visited. very good prices., They also have an excellent choice of cocktails and other beverages in the bar area. Can't wait to go back.
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