For such an obviously swanky restaurant, this Gordon Ramsay Mayfair outlet is exceedingly casual, and staff bring a personal sparkle to the generally accomplished service. A sushi bar, complete with bar stools to watch the chefs in action, opened inside the long, stylish space in autumn 2012, adding a full menu of sashimi and sushi.
Its arrival seems to have angled the food further towards the Orient and almost every dish now comes with an Asian twist on French foundations. The menu of small plates is largely designed for sharing – indeed, Maze was one of the first haute cuisine establishments to offer an alternative to the amuse-starter-main-dessert formula. From the set menu (a steal at £25 for four courses) came a supreme of quail with jalapeño miso dressing, bream with dashi broth and enoki, and beef carpaccio with chilli: all perfectly balanced platefuls, although perhaps lacking the zing that might elevate them from strong to distinguished.
On our visit, Maze was buzzing as new arrivals trooped in every few minutes: groups of tourists snapping pictures of their food, lunching couples, even families with young children. It’s easy to see the appeal – this is a distinctive and approachable entry point to the higher end of the Ramsay stable.
When you’re in the mood for a drink, the Maze bar makes the ideal venue – whether you’re after a pre-dinner tipple or relaxing evening drink, you’ll feel right at home at Maze. The specially created cocktail menu brings Asian fusion to the forefront through offering a refreshing choice of classic cocktails with a twist, as well as an extensive wine list and premier drinks menu, too.
For the sushi lovers, Maze offers an innovative concept with the Maze Sushi Bar. Providing an authentic Japanese experience, the Maze Sushi Bar is steeped in stunning tradition, as well as incorporating exciting modern influences, too. You’ll get to watch the sushi chefs carefully craft your dishes in front of you at the sushi bar while you enjoy delicious dishes of sushi and sashimi.