Bloody brilliant restaurant by Gordon Ramsay in London. Best, BY FAR, restaurant in the UK. Everything we had was full of flavor and the service was marvelous. I had multiple food orgasms during my delicious meal.
We did the Chef's tasting. Everything was terrific!
Second time at this Gordan Ramsey restaurant and did not disappoint! Awesome experience. Unbelievable service from the doorman wearing the sweet bowler hat, to the three funny and charming hostesses and of course out superb waitstaff which included a charming girl from Melbourne Australia who gave us a tour of the six meats available to be grilled and a nice gentleman.
I went with a friend and we decided to share and ordered the shrimp in garlic and chili and tuna tartar for starters. Both we're amazing. We then ordered to different Sirloins and the waiter asked whether we would like it sliced out of the kitchen which was a nice touch. They were deliciously cooked medium rare. As side dishes we had fries and broccoli which were just ok. Finally we had the special desert which had ice cream and marshmallow , nuts and a whole bunch of other stuff which was out of this world.
At the end we were invited back to the kitchen and met the head chef. Quite a delightful experience. If you can afford to go, it is a very nice experience at a Gordan Ramsey restaurant.
I'm generally not a fan of small plates, and that probably why I found this restaurant to be just okay. The vibe of the restaurant was nice- chill and casual, but classy. The food didn't blow us away.
I went with the mushroom risotto, tuna, and lobster dumpling. The risotto was okay, texture was fine, wasn't super tasty. The tuna was also not very exciting. Lobster dumpling I thought was underwhelming in terms if taste. I thought that the items I tried neither highlighted the ingredients nor showcased the preparation of the dishes. It was kind of a bore scene.
We shared a few of the desserts, but again no standouts.
I wouldn't really recommend this restaurant. The food not only doesn't justify the price tag, it's also not very tasty.
Good . . . genuinely good . . . but not even close to great.
I wanted so much more for this Gordon Ramsay restaurant. Alas - I was surely underwhelmed.
Partly it was my fault. I went without a reservation and ended up at the bar (along with three other single American men - ha). The service was - forgetful to say the least. Every item I ordered was re-requested by the server some 5-minutes after the original order. Then, after having ordered "chips" for my meal - they were completely forgotten. In defense of good customer service, the chips were scratched from the final bill - but still, a top notch place like the Maze Grill should have bar service down to a science.
Two things stick out - the bar-back who washed over 1-million glasses while I sat awaiting my food sipping my club soda was a delightful man of African decent who made every effort to make me comfortable (indeed, he was really the only one that gave me any attention); and, number two - the Austrian Pinot Noir the sommelier recommended was dynamite. Otherwise - the meal I had in Austin, Texas last week far outshines the meal I had at Maze Grill.
Parting notes - there are much better places in a foodie city like London to drop 75 pounds for a seat a the bar.
I have to say from the get go.... Please don't see my three stars as negative and I will explain why....
Maze proudly wearing the name of Gordon Ramsay is a good restaurant and worth experiencing.
Maze offers a touch of London fine dining and service. The staff are all delightful, friendly, helpful and professional. The chefs offer a great culinary experience with exciting flavors and twists....
But is it worth an M star?
In my opinion... no
Rosettes yes definately... Maze felt more like an upmarket brand than a unique experience the Michelin movement commands.
My girlfriend and I signed up for the seven course tasting menu, with a few drinks (2) the bill weighed in at a couple hundred quid.... Did I feel like I received the enjoyment Maze should offer for in its price bracket?.... Yes and No.
Worth a visit yes, will I go back.... No.
The feel of the restaurant, lacking linen on tables and scratched plates (bad lighting) made the restaurant feel like an upmarket slightly tired Cafe. Good for a business lunch or casual meal but not much more. The wine selection was extensive and well thought through so full marks there. Also we were aloud to swap a dish on the tasting menu after the chef was asked which was really appreciated.
Our tasting menu averaged 25 mins between courses, which is unacceptable for a 7 course tasting menu, we were glad to leave after being in the restuarant for 2.5 hours. The food was interesting but not innovative, the restaurant was very very noisy and felt cluttered...... Something is missing.... Gordon maybe?? His name is on the door and I'm sure so is his influence... The venue lacked.... plain and simple.
I recommend to go and experience "GRs" restaurant Maze... But maybe the head chef should put his name on the door... And unless you have three hours + to spend in a restaurant don't get the tasting menu, go for lunch... order what catches your eye, have a glass of top shelf wine and have a good time, but don't expect a Michelin star experience.
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.
What can I say that haven't already been said? The food here is amazingly good! There were four of us that went and here is what we ordered:
Marinated yellow fin tuna, Iberico ham, avocado purée, frozen apple, smoked ponzu
Duck and foie gras terrine, black pepper poached pear, fresh walnuts, Sauternes gel
Dumpling of lobster, tiger prawn and salmon, aromatic lemongrass broth
Pork belly, razor clams, Savoy cabbage, jalapeno and miso dressing
Scottish hand - dived scallops, crushed butternut squash, lime leaf veloute
Duck breast, steamed bun, sweet corn, fried onions and miso
Crispy chicken thigh, crayfish, charred baby gem, turnip, lettuce mayonnaise
Every dish was sooo yummy. My fav were the duck and foie gras, pork belly and yellow fin tuna. After the first round, we ordered more of the dishes we really liked.
Desert was coffee and petite fours which were all fantastic.
Walked out of there several hundred pounds lighter and full happy tummy. Next time I'm in London, I'll be back for sure!
Service was outstanding, especially Kamila! Really enjoyed the cocktails, the desserts and the ambiance. Dinner entrees very good, particularly the cheeseburger, though the USDA ribeye was not worth the money. Overall, had a great experience!
I'm sorry to leave a negative review, but this dinner was just not up to par. Fortunately, we seem to be the outliers, but it was not a great experience. I think diners have realized this isn't the best though, as when we arrived we realized the restaurant was far from full at 7:45 pm (and never got any fuller through the night). Other Mayfair restaurants were packed this night, partly why we selected this restaurant (we needed a quick, same day reservation).
The food was pretty good but:
- they forgot to prepare our meals. We had received our appetizers but nothing else. Long after our food was due we were told it would be right out. 20 minutes later and almost an hour from our first course our dinner arrived.
- for the wait we were offered a tour of the kitchen. This sounded great. At the end of the meal, excited for the tour, we were told that instead the chef had signed menus for us. I really had no need for a menu signed by a chef that prepared our okay dinner
- mediocre wine list. Yes they have the big names, Opus One, the big name grand crus, etc, but we expected a broader list for the restaurant.
- we were on the main floor. There is a level above this floor that looks over to this area. We felt a bit creeped out by the staff just standing and watching from overhead.
- when we made our reservation online it said that for our time slot there was a four course menu. It's partially why we booked the time we did. When we arrived we were told this was offered earlier, and not at our time slot. As a side note, the menu displayed outside has more offerings than the actual menu.
- some of the entrees were okay (asparagus salad), but some were very, very good (scallops) - this is why I gave it 2 stars.
- staff was very nice and dressed well
- we were seated promptly
- our drinks were full w/out asking
- they had Reidel glassware, including the appropriate glasses for our Bordeaux.
We will not go back here, and likely not to another Ramsay establishment, though understand others love this place. Hope you have better luck than us!
In general, pretty happy with Maze; great food, great service overall. Went there for a business lunch, conveniently located close to our offices in Mayfair. We went 'a la carte', and ordered 7 dishes for the 2 of us, which was PLENTY.
We started off with the 'Marinated yellow fin tuna, compressed apple, coriander, horseradish, ponzu sauce'. This was my least favourite dish... still, perfectly seared but nothing super special. Maybe too delicate for my pallet?
The dashi braised octopus, heirloom tomatoes, rocket, ginger and soy dressing was super lovely.... the dashi is nicely umami, and the octopus has a beautiful crunch, the tomatoes taste fresh, and feel unworldly; best way I can describe it, sorry, it kind of left me speechless.
The red mullet, crispy squid, garlic and lemon purée was also very good, and there was a nice playfulness between the mullet and the squid; great combination.
The scottish hand - dived scallops, smoked bacon, black quinoa, broccoli and lemon was a highlight for me. The scallops were perfectly shallow fried, and it was a beautiful dish to look at; A+ for presentation, and A+ for taste.
The dumpling of lobster, tiger prawns and salmon in aromatic lemongrass broth was an excellent choice, very delicate, but for 14£, I would have wanted more than 3...
We had the Brill, brown shrimps, salsify, ginger,jalapeno and miso dressing; although the fish was perfectly cooked, and lovely, the shrimps were meh; the miso dressing was fantastic!
The epic part of the meal was the braised beef feather blade, pomme purée, shimiji mushrooms, togarashi spice; the beef was soooo tender ! And the pomme puree was perfectly dense.
We ended the meal with lemon tart, toasted meringue, crème fraîche sorbet,
lemon sherbet. This dish is foreshadowed by a stunning teaser of lemon in nitrogen... the meringue is surprising... laid very flat, super delicate, and great taste. Perfect zing. Went down fast.
The entire meal was supported by a bottle of Sancerre: Sancerre "Vignes Blanches", Henri Bourgeois 2011 for £45.00; crisp, fresh, and a beautiful wine to accompany our mostly sea food/fish centric selection.
All in all, MAZE is a great place to take clients. Would I take someone there on a date? Probably not, there are funner, cooler places to have a social 1:1 (Texture, Dabbous), but for business and good food, this place rocks it.
Had the set menu consisted 7 courses. Loved the foie gras and the lamb. My friend ordered beef tataki and It was the softest thing ever. Great dishes but not too spectacular. Good wine list we had two different Riesling to try priced at £125 and £58, pretty good right!? Good value food and services.
Maze was my first Gordon Ramsay restaurant - it was located in the hotel I stayed at for about a week. I will give 3 stars for the breakfast and 5-stars for the dinner for an average of 4 stars.
Breakfast is fairly casual here - you can order off the menu or go for the continental buffet. I had the ricotta pancakes with sliced bananas. Although they were nicely presented I found them somewhat bland and wound up adding more syrup than I would have liked. The black coffee was also somewhat bitter and grainy - surprisingly the free coffee in the hotel lobby was much better - dark roast but smoother.
Dinner was an entirely different experience - the restaurant got darker and the ambiance became more formal. Specialty items are sushi for appetizers and their amazing selection of steaks, ranging from the least expensive Aberdeen cuts to the most expensive Wagyu cuts. Note that regardless of cut, all meats are aged over 28-days. They even bring out some demos so you can choose between sirloin, filet, rump, or my favorite, rib-eye.
Our group ordered the sushi combination platters, calamari, and grilled shrimp as appetizers. The sushi was amazing - loosely packed rice that was seasoned, and fresh fish. The California Roll was a bit unusual in that it had additional stuffing over the top, rather than the flat disk-shapes we have in the USA. For entrée, I ordered the Aberdeen 10-oz Ribeye cooked medium with a side of spinach. All steaks were presented in a nice wooden cutting board with a knife labeling the doneness. My steak was cooked medium and very juicy. It also came with a head of roasted garlic which went well with the bread.
Dessert was a bit unusual in that the entire menu had fruity items (Strawberry Trifle, Rhubarb, Tarts, etc.) but zero chocolate. One of our colleagues jested with the waiter and was able to convince the kitchen to produce a chocolate brownie with ice cream. It was one of their lunch menu items but the funny thing was many of use ordered it and really enjoyed the sweet dark taste of chocolate to finish off a heavy steak dinner.
This is probably one of the best dinner deals in London! We came here for the summer set course menu of 4 courses & a Bellini for 25£.
Course 1: duck & foie gras terrine, cherries, wet almonds, Sautemes gel. Delicious!!!!! It paired well with the Rosé the sommelier recommended.
Course 2: crispy chicken thigh, charred baby gem, turnip, lettuce mayonnaise. I loved the tenderness of the chicken & the crispy skin. It paired well with a sauvignon blanc.
Course 3: braised beef feather blade, pomme purée, shimiji mushrooms, togarashi spice. Super tender. I hear they braised it for about 10 hours!
Course 4: frozen banana, milk ice cream, banoffee caramel. A great way the end the meal. It was the perfect amount of sweetness.
I also had a taste of the pork belly, razor clams, wasabi, crushed peas & the yuzu tea cake, mango & lime jam, lemongrass ice cream. The pork belly portion was huge! The skin was nice & crispy. I wished I had a choice to pick a 5th course! Pork belly is a must next time. The tea cake was light & reminded me of a moonpie.
Overall I really had a good experience at the Maze. The service & staff were superb. I highly recommend coming here regardless if you get the summer deal or not. Make reservations!
The food is off the charts - excellent - tasting menu is wonderful includes all the top dishes mentioned in the reviews excellent service - great night! / lobster dumpling is awesome and pork belly too . Go there - Gordon has got his kitchen humming!
This restaurant is pretty pricey, not somewhere you would eat everyday but it is an excellent place for a special occasion! From your welcome to when you are leaving, you are treated royally. You are greeted with a smile and seated in no time (with a reservation, never been there without one). The food is devine...It's so good!!! When you are leaving the person at the first helps you to put on your coat. The ambiance of the place is warm and welcome with nice house music that's is not too loud that you can't talk but loud enough to give you a nice buzz. I would definitely recommend this restaurant for a lovely evening out in London!
Nice place and meal. £30 for 4 course is very good, we booked a table by the window, and will go there again!
The Foie Gras dish was the best i've ever had, it's a must. Not as amazed by all the other dishes. Also, a bit pricey. But, what isn't in London?
The atmosphere is really good. Probably the best service we have had in a while. The food even though small portions was fantastic. I truly was amazed at the cost as it was not as expensive as Petrus but I personally like this better. I would come back here for a date night dinner as both my wife and I liked it. Nice job with this one Gordon!
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.
Lunch for one. Nice atmosphere. Was a bit turned off that my server took so long to great me, but the food made up for it. I ordered the Dumpling of Lobster and Sushi Platter. Both were very good. Loved the Tuna and Salmon. I'm not a dessert fan, but ordered the lemon tart that was very refreshing!
I've wanted to try a restaurant by Gordon Ramsay for a while now, seeing as how he's such a TV personality. I had the 4 plate prefix meal.
The first course was a spiced butternut squash soup with shredded pork and a parmesan crisp on top. By far the best dish of the meal. The soup had so much flavor--rich and hint of smokiness and spice. The pork was tender. Great!
The second course was a roasted poison breast on a bed of ratatouille. This was just OK. No interesting flavors, but everything was cooked perfectly.
The third course was a crispy pork belly with kale and grilled pears. Was just OK. The pork belly was cooked to perfection and the skin was delightfully crispy, but the sweetness of the pear really distracted me from the richness and savoriness of the pork.
The last course was a pineapple tart. Light and not too sweet. Great way to end the meal.
I had the meal with a wine pairing, and discovered a new favorite white wine: tariquet! The service was exceptional. The staff were very attentive without being overbearing. Would definitely come back again!
First time in a Gordon Ramsay restaurant, and will not be the last time!
Food was great, service was superb and it wasn't that expensive.
We ordered a la carte, and each had 3 dishes and 1 dessert and drinks and paid around £180 for two people.
Definetely worth an experience! :)
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$.
This review is for Maze Grill - I've never been to Maze.
Best steak I've ever eaten in the UK and really not overpriced. Last time here I had the the Dedham Vale Sirloin (£33) - just amazing.
Only thing that could have made this 5 star is if they had a better range of veg on offer for those of us who don't always want chips with our steak - only spinach on the menu.
I was really impressed by the entire chef tasting menu at Maze. A few of the more memorable courses:
Starting with the broccoli stilton soup - the broccoli wasn't overcooked, just al dente so there were big chunks, and there was a sharp bite from the stilton foam on top
duck foie gras - extremely smooth and luxurious and I loved the sauternes gel
Lobster, prawn, and salmon wonton soup-smelled absolutely wonderful and really warmed the heart. Great flavor in the filling and nice delicate noodle wrapping
Venison with risotto and butternut squash- it was cooked to perfect at a medium rare to rare temperature. It was a healthy portion and very tender. The accompaniment of the butternut squash went perfectly
Dessert - don't remember exactly what it was but it was like a dark chocolate mousse with mango ice cream. It was extremely rich and wonderful though
The service was great. The people very nice. The atmosphere was cool, not too loud. I really enjoyed me meal here.
Food exquisite, deserts good, wines very good except the red on the classic flight. Attention was very good. Coffee and tea a bit disappointing due to quality of coffee and lack of non-dairy milk options for tea.
I was here last year around this time of year. The only thing you should be getting at the Maze is steak. I made a slight mistake of ordering the lobster and bone marrow dish (don't get me wrong, it was still yummy. I also don't think this is available anymore...), but when I had a bite of my friends Wagyu '9th grade' Gold style steak...the lobster couldn't compare. Grilled to perfection, that was one handsome piece of steak!
Dessert was so-so, it was pretty hard to be impressed with anything else after that beef. The only cravat was that service that day was a little rude, I don't think they approved of us going family style and moving the plates around. Otherwise, gold claps all around.
'The Dangerous Type'
My dad suddenly developed an adventurous side and is rampantly living it out by exploring new restaurants, one of them being Gordon Ramsey's wacky 'Maze'. We were rather shocked soon after opening the menu:
-Chinese style pork belly, braised pig's head, crackling, jasmine tea
-Irish ox 'tongue 'n' cheek', caper raisin and ginger carrots, horseradish pomme puré
Right...well then...I guess Gordon Ramsey was like, "Just how off the rocker can my menu possibly be whilst still enticing Londonites?" Apparently, you can never go too far if you're a celeb chef and his scheme totally worked. I was just a hamster in the maze, or an ox, or a skate, or a monkfish? Maze's stylish décor creates comfort in an other wise strange environment of audacious food and too many servers standing around with fancy dishes on their trays. The logo is very cool and can be seen everywhere from the floor pattern to the tables.
To start off I had three scallops topped with granny smith apple, bacon, and butterscotch. WTF Gordon! I had the lamb dish with some other type of meat, and some other things on my plate I couldn't describe the taste or tell you the point of. The mashed potatoes were a cross between pudding and potatoes. I wasn't sure if they were the best potatoes I've ever had, or the worst.
And The dessert. Oh the dessert! Definitely the best part, since we'd come this far I felt we had to see what the finishing touches were all about. And glad we did too because warm delicious chocolate cake thang with vanilla ice cream and some pistachio madness was smashing in top british style. Without ? the best 24 seconds of my day.
Top chef? hmm if you're into the wacky side of chef-ery then...sure.
Eeeeeiiiiiii!!! I had three deliciously tasty courses for dinner all for £23.50. No mistake £23.50...AND guess what else..Gordon Ramsay was casually walking around too (cue fainting and cooing) He was looking as delicious as the food (hmm is that wrong?)
Anyway at prices like this what is not to love!!
Oh - and when you choose your dessert make sure you go for the peanut butter and jam sandwich..yeh yeh i know it sounds vile but trust me it really is suburb..nothing like a sandwich at all actually - get it, you wont be disappointed..
BTW- i booked it thru top-table for that cheeky deal
First, I must clarify that this review is for dining at Maze Grill and drinks at Maze.
After watching what seems like hundreds of episodes of Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares I was expecting everything to be even better than perfect although I was secretly hoping something would fall short. And although overall it was a great evening, a couple of things did fall short. I should have been delighted, but instead I felt a little jipped. The prices were pretty outrageous--about £100 a person. I'm accustomed to getting what I pay for and I'm not sure we really got what we paid for.
The food was delicious and the wine was super. If you are a meat eater who particularly loves steak, you'll surely enjoy this spot. The meat was cooked perfectly and was so tender. I'm not a steak connoisseur, but I was with three boys who are and they were just dying in their chairs, making sure not to miss one scrap. They even had a cut of steak on the menu for £90... we didn't order that one, but since, I have wondered what makes it so special?
They have an interesting way of doing starters. You can either order a traditional starter or you can share a bunch of small plates. Since small plates happen to be one of my all time favourite ways to dine, this pleased me to no end. We ordered all 7 that were on the menu and each was quite tastey. Some were better than others, but the one that would make me go back was the soft shell crab with spicy mayo. I could have been happy just having that and a glass of wine.
The service was just okay for such a swanky place. They recommended way too many side orders for the table and a lot of food went to waste--in my book, it's really bad taste to waste--maybe it's a tactic to add just a few more £s onto your total bill. There were a couple sauces and dishes missed so we had to remind the waitress they were missing--poor form! And the man who was supposed to be the beef expert came to our table to tell us things "this is the Hereford beef. It is from Hereford." Like I didn't know that already... more time I will never get back!
At the end of the evening they were kind enough to book us a table in the bar area--well, again maybe it was just a way to squeeze a few more £s out of our pockets. But it's a nice to be able to digest your food sitting down and in a well mannered bar before heading home.
When I first went to the Maze, about a year and a half ago, I had just arrived in London, and didn't know anything about Gordon Ramsay. I just stumbled upon the restaurant one day I was in Mayfair with some friends visiting from Italy and followed the (very good) TimeOut guide.
Maze turned out to be an amazing restaurant, where I've been at least four other times since then, as I tend to bring there all the people that comes visiting from Italy (normally not thinking that food is one of the things why someone would visit London).
The quality of the dishes is extraordinary: some of the matchings are simple genius, and in general over the course of a full meal one experiences some of the more intense and pleasurable gustatory sensations that can happen.
The way the menu is organized is interesting as well: they have three different possibilities: a 5-course tasting menu (of the tapa-sized dishes, see below), a normal "carte" where one chooses entree - main - dessert, or a set of tapa-sized dishes meant to be taken in a number of 4-5 for a complete meal.
I normally go for this last possibility because I'm more interested in variety than in quantity: while the quality is always amazing, though, the last time I went there I felt that 5 dishes hadn't been enough for filling me, and the final £80 pp bill convinced me that in these hard times I'd better lower my culinary needs (and this is where the 4* comes from).
Prices are around that value if you get lured by one of their excellent sommeliers into buying one of the very good wines they have on their wine list.
It might be interesting to know that, at least until last year, at noon the 5 courses tasting menu became a 3-courses one, much cheaper and still a very good opportunity to taste some of their extraordinary preparations.
Also, I sometimes popped up there with no reservation, and even if the place was full I could be arranged for a couple of seatings at the bar: it might be worth it (service is just as good), and if you can be put on the two sides of a corner you can still look in the eyes of the person you're eating with. ;)
Ambiance: great. Service: great. Quality: great. Only gripe (and only once or twice): the amount of food you get with 5 tapa-sized dishes.
There are really two parts to Maze - the grill and the sushi bar. We visited the grill and were quite disappointed. The food was good and well prepared. We had squid and whitebait as appetizers. I had a steak and my wife had salmon as mains. We split a creme brulee for dessert.
What we did not like was the service. We were staying at the hotel and expected to get some priority in seating. We were told 30 minutes but it took over an hour to get a table. In the meantime, we went to the bar were the service was impossibly slow and I had to go and hunt down drinks. The real kicker came with the bill a £2 cover charge and 12.5% service charge. As a friend of mine said, Gordon is just taking the piss.
Well, where do I start?! Quite frankly one of the most fun and impressive Michelin-starred experiences I've ever experienced.
I was really lucky to be invited as part of a group attending the Chef's tale last Friday. We arrived, sat in Gordon Ramsay's flagship in Mayfair, and had some bubbles and canapés to start. Juicy prawns, tofu foam (hmmm, not sold, but ok) and vegetable crisps.
When ready, we moved up to the table, which is right at the back, with a partition to separate you from the main restaurant, a big window into the kitchen and a door that leads directly in.
Our server for the afternoon, managed the ten-strong table of excitable adults with ease, and our sommelier matched a glass of wine to each of the seven courses beautifully.
For each dish, the chef responsible came in to explain what we were eating, and we were given garlic soup with quail egg, white crab with brown crab and toast ice cream, the most tender lamb I've ever eaten, a wonderful cheese course and two desserts - one of which included a basil panacotta.
Though it truly was some of the best food I've ever eaten, my favourite part was the kitchen tour. For at the end, I got to help cook the fish course!!!
First things, first. Cooking on one of those open topped ovens IS LIKE STANDING NEXT TO THE EQUATOR. The chef helping me (well, I was helping him) put olive oil in three pans, then nine pieces of red mullet split divided between them. Two minutes on one side, then I got to flip them and 40 seconds later. Done. Onto some kitchen roll, lemon, salt, then I handed them to the chef. After he did his professional serving thing, I had to introduce the food to the table, which is Maze's signature dish.
I can still remember: "Pan fried red mullet with black squid ink, micro squid, garlic puree, a cuttlefish tagliatelle and a rabbit bolognese"
Awesome!! And so tasty...
I can't even imagine how much it cost, but if money was no object, I'd take all of my best friends here for the experience. It was truly special, and I'll continue to rave about it to everyone who'll listen :)
I had my first (of hopefully many) Maze experiences this past week and was pretty impressed. A nice dressy casual and relaxed restaurant with a large assortment of small plates to choose from.
Instead of the prix fixe "chef's menu", our group ended up ordering a la carte off the "tasting" menu, each with four courses. The portions were generally small, maybe 4-5 bites each, but each bite was exquisite. Each of the dishes had a main element with some sort of innovative accent. Example: pan fried daurade with lobster risotto, crispy grey shrimp, fennel confit. It's a mouthful both to say and a great mouthful to eat.
Loved the gratis dessert bites of baked alaska lollipops, chocolate truffles, white chocolate covered raspberries, chocolate pistachios, and a rose turkish delight type confection.
Service was competent and unobtrusive.
Sex or food? A tough call to decide which I like more. On the basis of the simply phenomenal dining experience this week at Mr Ramsey's Maze restaurant, I'd have to say... I think food may have just sneaked ahead.
Upon arrival, I knew this was going to be a night to remember. We started with a French champagne, the first of several alcoholic beverages, and began to peruse the menu. We were told that for first timers we should give the Chefs set menu a squizz. 6 courses. 2 entrees, a starter, a main course, cheese and a pudding. £65. Spenny, but this way you get a chance to sample arguably the best things on the menu, reducing the likelihood of that common disease, 'food envy.'
I won't go into the details of each meal, but rest assured they were all incredible. What was great was the knowledge the waiters and waitresses had of each course and their suggestions for wine for each course we all equally spot on. With a quick trip into the kitchen to see how this well oiled machine runs, courtesy of my friend Martin who is the Maître d, you could say that this was one of most incredible dining experiences I've ever had.
The decor is smart and simple. Nothing too fancy, it just works. I'm also a sucker for Molten Brown, so I took full advantage of the bathroom facilities.
Granted that with a bill £1 short of 700 squirrels, this was a rather extravagant way to spend a Thursday. It was a rather unique experience because I was taken there for a no holds bared night. In a nut shell we were allowed to eat and drink as much as possible and all would be expensed! Therefore, make sure you go with a sweaty stack of cash because his type of cuisine ain't cheap.
From what I understand Maze does a very reasonable set menu for lunch. Probably a better way to sample this incredible restaurant.
Too surmise: A-MAZE-ING
Ok - I had lunch here last summer (Pre Gordon food scandal) but its never too late to write a review.
I had the set lunch and for 3 courses it was like £25? I think..
I had the girlled asparagus with poached eggs and grapefruit hollandaise for starters. OMG it was like taking food heroin for the first time. The damn asparagus was just grilled but - wow! The grill must be made from gold or something! The hollandaise.. it was like eating clouds! Just light and disappears in your mouth and the zing from the grapefruit just gave me tingles down my neck! Poached eggs are just poached eggs.. But they were very pretty eggs. Nice shape!
Mains, I had the rump steak with chips and a side salad. I've had better rump, chips are chips, salad was good tho.. The dressing was delectable! It the dressing was hot, I'd eat it as a soup.
Dessert, I had chocolate mousse and pistachios. If I was alone, I'd lick the plate clean. Sigh, wished i was alone for 5 secs. I really wanted to lick the plate. Bummer..
I ate everything - clean. Used bread to wipe up the salad dressing. Went home and had food induced coma for 4 pleasant hours :)
I was really hoping that this was going to be 5 stars in my book, but I have to say I was disappointed.
I've been to top restaurants in New York and San Francisco and this just didn't quite add up.
I appreciate the whole concept of tastings and tapas style, but the tiny tiny portions at very high prices were just not as mind-blowing as I had hoped.
The service was just ok--not as on top of it as I hoped...always asking for water or to remind them about our wine order.
Desserts were disprorportionately large and the chocolate granache was very disappointing--just a slab of chocolate.
Not giving up on Gordon Ramsey's restaurants, but this one is not getting my highest marks.
Is lunch for two ever worth £125? This is a bigger question than we have the time or space to discuss in this review. Lunch at Maze was very expensive. The food was very good, and if you're looking to go to a Gordon Ramsay restaurant, you might as well give it a go.
Maze's buzz is English cuisine with an Asian twist in the form of small plates. One of the dishes I got was braised octopus, oxtail vinaigrette, dehydrated black olive, fine herbs and confit lemon--you can definitely taste both the English and Asian influences.
The presentation was the high point of the meal for me. The dishes were outrageously good-looking and ridiculous. Tiny scoops of bloody mary sorbet, a few tiny spoons of caviar, eel "scratchings"--each plate was designed to look like modern art. But although beautiful and very interesting, I didn't think the taste quite lived up to the looks. It was good, but it wasn't life changing.
The service was perfect, although I do think they suggested we order more than we needed. We ended up with three dishes each (they recommended 4) plus 2 desserts and wine. £125 for a 2 person lunch is a lot. I'm still at a point in my life where if I spend that much on a meal I want my entire world to be rocked and for me to walk out of the restaurant a changed person.
3.5 stars but rounding up because of the rose jelly candy at the end.
Wow wow wow! I was lucky enough to be taken to one of Gordon Ramsay's restaurants Maze for my birthday and what a fine experience it was!
The restaurant area is laid out in a circular format and we were sat in the middle which made people watching an exciting part of the whole experience. The atmosphere was buzzing and the crowd was refined but not intimidating or pretentious. You simply come here if you like (and can afford) good food.
The waitress (who was wonderful) advised that we pick around 6 dishes each - 3 from the lighter menu and 3 from the richer one. Each dish came beautifully presented with a twist on modern British dishes. I ordered a BLT and was presented with 2 tiny pieces of bread, the best salmon I have ever tasted and the remainder in a glass as a soup/liquid version. It does sound a bit gross maybe, but it was beautiful. The portions are small but after 3 dishes I was full - they are extremely rich and the most delicious I have ever tasted. The trout and meat are just divine.
When we asked the bill, we were also given a selection of complimentary chocolates which was a lovely touch. I didn't see the bill but I know for 2 of us it was over £100 and considering we only had a glass of wine for £5.50 each, and I refrained from dessert, the food is expensive but oh so worth it. I certainly can't afford to come here more than once in a blue moon but it is absolutely worth the extra pennies for a special occasion.
Maze Grill, the bone-in Rib-eye is wonderful. Nicely seasoned and done to order. Very nice meal overall. The cheesecake with blood orange was very tasty.
Late seating (8PM) was very unrushed.
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