Tapas size dishes from Gordon Ramsay serving stylish food with Japanese and French influences - interesting wine trio-flight options and Sushi bar within the restaurant as well
Swish, Mayfair comfort – no question. Since my last visit Maze has received a minor facelift of décor and there is now counter dining for sushi food with chefs crafting these in front of diners. Gordon Ramsay has maintained Maze being stylish but without forgetting the importance of hospitality as the service was very good. The food on this visit was stylish and technically very good with a very good pairing of the Spanish white (Louro Valdero) for the light meats and the Portugese red (Cedro do Noval) for the lamb. The highlight on this occasion was the mint and strawberry merignue mix with champagne gel and strawberry sorbet – extremely a lovely dish with all the right textures and balances and the pork with broth and lamb dishes were great.
Slightly dissapointing however was the dish I was most looking forward to trying(!) which was the foie gras mousse – I simply found this too bland with no real talking point / flavour as even the meat slices and pear sauce were completely over powered by the heavy, earthy foie gras mousse. There was no issue with the technical skill and the foie gras was delicately smooth but my palate simply didn’t understand why there was a lack of flavour; even more salt may have made this enhanced, but ultimately it was carefully prepared.
Overall, a lovely meal on this occasion. I don’t have to come running back but it remains a lovely Mayfair option if nearby and the 4 courses for £33 (as at Apr 15) pre-theatre I believe is its trump card based on the dishes I have seen and experienced. You will be well looked after here and there are some very good cocktails at their open bar as well.
Food Grade: 66%
There is no question that this is a lovely place that can cater for almost any occasion. The food is undeniably stylish and fresh and the atmosphere is vibrant as well. Probably designed for a trendier crowd, it would still be suitable for most scenarios but beware of the acoustics for any diners that are hard of hearing. The food is simply lovely here with my only gripe being you will need at least four courses if peckish which will obviously, with the snazzy carafe trio of wines needed, will bump up the price of the visit. Not immediately obvious is that it is actually attached to the Marriot hotel which you can simply follow the corridor from the restaurant to get straight in to….should your date go better than expected if in that scenario(!). On my occasion, this certainly proved a very useful option.
Food Grade: 76%
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