Gordon Ramsay is a hard man to keep up with: if he's not on the box, his restaurant dealings should keep most pundits fully occupied. Maze is one of the hottest additions to his London stable and a frontrunner in the ratings stakes: you will find it standing cheek-by-jowl with the London Marriott Hotel, in the shadow of the US Embassy.
The dazzling New York-inspired interior courtesy of American architectural supremo David Rockwell will stop you in your tracks. The French-rooted cuisine that Londoners have come to expect has been tweaked and twisted with a whole larder of exotic ingredients; even the menu format is different. Yes, there is a conventional carte (John Dory with St George's mushrooms, Alsace bacon, Guillot onion in red wine, for example), but most people come here to get away from that kind of thing. The main draw is the array of around 20 tapas-sized dishes and grazing plates: six to eight items should make up a full meal. Among the delights on offer, there might be honey and soy-roasted quail with Landes foie gras, peach and Persian saffron chutney, a pair of Orkney scallops with spices, peppered golden raisin purée and cauliflower, or marinated beetroot with Sairass cheese, pine nut and Cabernet Sauvignon dressing.
Desserts venture into even more uncharted territory for peanut butter and cherry jam sandwiches, or Valrhona chocolate fondant accompanied by sea salt and almond ice cream. The outrageously serious, benchmark 'Ramsay' wine list is more than a match for the wizardry in the kitchen: it oozes great names and big vintages, with France, Italy and the Antipodes taking most of the honours. Did someone mention a Michelin star? Of course!
Also featured in: AA Guide, Good Food Guide, Michelin Guide, Harden's.
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