On wet and windy Friday evening, we ventured out to another of Groden Ramsey’s restaurants, this one was Maze, on Grosvenor Square, London. I am sure that most of you will have heard of Gordon Ramsay, be it from his multitude of appearances on Television, or by visiting one of his many restaurants, around the world. He currently has 14 Michelin stars, in a total of 36 restaurants. ( 13 in the UK, 10 USA, 5 Europe and 8 in the rest of the world, mainly middle east and Asia). He has held three stars at his flagship restaurant in Chelsea since 2001.
But we went to Maze, which has one star ( I think that at one stage it had 2) . We had bought the meal as part of a charity auction and so the basic meal was prepaid.In the set up at Maze there is more than one venue, there is Maze grill and Maze sushi bar, a bar and the restaurant. However,it seems to be more openplan than one would imagine, hence the noise level is high, especially as the decor is minimalist. The bar was overflowing with trendy folks and the background music was more foreground than background and it was ( I think) techno music, maybe better than elevator music, but neither would be my choice.
From the start, the staff and the service was impeccable ( including the doorman, and I would not envy his job, on such a night). Maze is renowned for serving French classics infused with Asian flavours and the kitchen staff are obviously trusted with his reputation and certainly deliver. We had bought the five course tasting menu, which in fact became a six course as it included a soup and a sorbet. Apart from the soup and the sorbet, where there was no choice, all of the others, were an either, or option, so we did take one of each so that we could share and compare. See for yourselves.
Will we go back, maybe, there is no doubt that Gordon sets the bar high, but here, given the noise, maybe not, but that will not stop us from sampling any of his other establishments when the occasion arises.