May 17, 2009
MAZE - A Gordon Ramsay restaurant located in Mayfair.
I dined at Maze last night, and as a visitor to London, found it to be yet another unexpected pleasure. From the entering the restaurant to exiting, my companion and I were attended to. We were ushered to the bar area to wait for our table. We had taken about 3 sips of our champagne before we were whisked away to our table. The selection of small plates was extensive and appeared to be heavier on seafood. I began my meal with a marinated beet salad. Fine slivers of what looked like beets sandwiched a dollop of cheese and piece of cooked beet. The vinagrette was a perfect balance and its tartness only enhanced the sweetness of the beets. The Chinese pork belly dish was a perfect proportion. I felt the meat was not as tender as it could be, but it was still excellent. The lamb tongue had the opposite issue. It was a little too tender for my taste. It was almost mushy, but again delicious. Maze skillfully and artfully combines ingredients to create an entirely new entity. A strip of rhubarb marinated in a ginger vinagrette almost tasted like a fresh young shoot of ginger. I had to ask the waiter what the rhubarb was as I couldn't recognize it even when using all of my senses. Sadly I did not sample desert. 3-4 dishes of tasting portions are deceptively filling. Although my companion raved about a chocolate fondant cake that dissappointingly was limited to the winter menu. This is a must try for any self respecting foodie! Prices are steep, but between the individually attentive service and the finely crafted tastes, it is worth it! Maybe if enough of us ask, they may make the chocolate fondant a signature desert!