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. The specially created cocktail menu brings Asian fusion to the forefront with a refreshing choice of classic cocktails with a twist.
For sushi lovers, Maze offers an innovative concept with the Maze Sushi Bar. Providing an authentic Japanese experience, 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.
10-13 Grosvenor Square
|Opening hours:||Lunch served noon-3pm; dinner served 6.30-11pm daily.|
|Transport:||Tube: Bond Street|
|Price:||Main courses £10-£18. Set meal (lunch daily; 6-7pm, 10-11pm Mon-Thur, Sun) £25 4 courses, £75 tasting menu (£125-£165 incl drinks). Sushi £8-£27. Set sushi lunch £30 5 courses; £70 3 courses|
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I've been going here for years but the sushi bar is a great new addition - the quality is incredibly high and gives this fantastic restaurant a new dimension. Love getting the tour of the kitchen, so thanks to the team for that. If you like steaks then try the grill next door - I had a wagyu steak there and it was the best I've ever had, better than Hawksmoor and Goodman. Lovely.
Very average and disappointing..We have been to Maze before and were impressed but not this time. We did the icon tasting menu and the food was very rushed and a bit disappointing...It felt a bit like the food was mass produced and not a special experience..it was also overly salty...The staff is usually very good but this time we had different people serving us constantly and the staff was unable to explain certain charges on the bill when asked about them.instead of getting an explanation we just got offered to have it removed which we found very odd. We won't go back here again...
I arranged a Christmas lunch for my firm at Maze and I literally could not recommend it more - from start to finish it was an amazing experience! We dined in the beautiful Somerton Room (one of their private dinning rooms) Correspondence from their Groups & Events Manager Matt Zinsner from my initial enquiry to the day before was a sheer joy - prompt and helpful replies, nothing was too much trouble. On the day itself we were looked after by the Assistant Manager Simon Smith - all of my staff have commented on Simon's fantastic attitude, very friendly with impeccable attention to detail - we had one lady with very specific dietary requirements which have caused problems at other venues but at Maze and with Simon running the show not only was she catered for but she also received star treatment! The food was simply beautiful (and as an added touch Simon and his team ran you through each course of what exactly you were eating). As pure works of art on the plate it was almost a shame to spoil them, but they were so incredibly yummy that I had to stop myself licking the plate. I won’t spoil the 'wow effect' for others - but let's just say lemons have never been so entertaining and Heston Shmeston you can eat your heart out as I'm a true Gordon Ramsay/Maze fan! It's a true joy to come into work and not hear one complaint and to just hear raving reviews and the phrase that I never thought I'd hear 'can we please go back next year'. In short: superb food, amazing staff, great GREAT venue!
I've been here a few times and I think it's great. The food does aMAZE (sorry for the pun!!) The visits have been for special occasions and we've had the taster menu each time, I have never left Maze hungry, unhappy or disappointed. The staff are friendly and down to earth even for a Northern lass like me it has a great buzz. Its worth while and truly a treat
A couple of weeks back, my aunt and I went here on a TimeOut deal that meant we got the Early Supper Tasting menu with a Bellini cocktail at a really nice price! I expected to walk out of there hungry given the wording of the menu, but actually, I was very full! And my aunt couldn't quite finish her last dish (the pork belly) so I ended up with it :-) The restaurant was very atmospheric and busy on a Tuesday evening. Service was impeccable. Even tho' we were on a 'deal', we weren't treated any differently than other customers (that I could see). The wine menu comes to you on an iPad - very nice touch altho' I didn't take advantage of it. The selection of wines did seem pretty decent and, while not cheap, you could still get something reasonably priced by the glass. Neither of us were desserts people so we stuck to the savoury selections on the tasting menu: Jasmine and miso cured salmon, beetroot, compressed apple, horseradish cream - Pressed chicken and foie gras, pear and saffron chutney, green tea caramel - Roasted poussin breast, confit leg, ratte potato salad, spring onion, pancetta, poussin vinaigrette - Braised pollock, razor clams, chilli, lime, coriander and purple sprouting broccoli - Szechuan-spiced Suffolk pork belly, braised discovery apple, kale and onion confit - Braised featherblade of beef, pomme purée, shimiji mushroom, togarasghi spice (I see they've changed this now to beef cheeks?) It was all so good! My favourite has got to be the pork belly. But that is my dish of choice on most menus! I would recommend Maze based on the tasting menu. However, I would like to go back some other time and try the normal a la carte.
My friend and I dined at the Maze Grill on the 26th.Feb.8pm We both asked for steaks with chips & salad and a peppercorn sauce. Meals arrived with what was clearly not the creamy peppercorn sauce one is used to. It was Bisto at its best , not a sign of any peppercorns !We complained and asked instead for a Dianne sauce which arrived very shortly after looking exactly like the Bisto but with a few herbs thrown in ! I was hungry & ate my steak, the chips were dry , & would have appreciated some sauce. My friend left her entire meal, maybe a couple of bites of steak. The waiter tried to calm the waters with the offer of a free pudding but it was too late for any concilitary talk, we were presented with a reduced bill, we paid £78 instead of £100 and were back in our hotel by 9.15pm. We have tried to contact Gordon Ramsay or one of his reps. but have been unable to do so to date. So much for his article last September encouraging folk to complain more, he should look to his own websites firstly as there is no way of contacting him to complain of his chefs.