For a while now, I’ve had it in mind to visit one of Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants. He is Shiima’s favourite TV chef (she loves Kitchen Nightmares) and I really like him as well. We didn’t have the best of experiences at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal so we really weren’t in a rush to visit another TV chef’s restaurant.
But last week, I looked at the menu for the Maze Grill in Mayfair, and I was pleasantly surprised. There were a lot of dishes on the menu that Shiima would enjoy. Maze Grill is a steak and sushi fusion restaurant, but there are also a lot of American-inspired comfort dishes on the menu as well.
Maze Grill is roughly five minutes walk from Bond Street Station. When you enter the restaurant, you are greeted by a hostess for both Maze Grill and Maze restaurants. Shiima and I went on a Sunday evening so the restaurant was busy. So much that that we had to wait for about ten minutes at the Maze bar for our table to the ready.
We were led through the modern and elegantly furnished restaurant to our table at the end of the restaurant. We were sat very close to the open kitchen, but I was facing the opposite direction so not much to write about there lol.
What we ordered
We were handed the menu, and immediately told that a few dishes were finished. Sadly, there were dishes we were sure to order. The salt and pepper squid, baby chicken, and grilled salmon. This forced us to really consider our order. Shiima ordered popcorn chicken for starters and fried buffalo chicken with mac & cheese and hand cut chips. I ordered the nigiri selection and octopus carpaccio for starters and smoked veal short rib for my main.
Review of the food
To start with, every singly dish we ordered was fantastic. Maybe because it wasn’t our first choice and our expectations were limited. But every dish was delicious. Even starting with the complimentary fresh bread and soft salty butter – a triumph lol.
Shiima’s popcorn chicken was a fairly small portion but it was really tasty. Lightly fried with a good amount of gochujang spice. My octopus carpaccio was lovely. The octopus was very thinly sliced and went well with spicy jalapeño oil and tempura crunch. My nigiri selection was perfect. Nothing fancy, just fresh and tasty raw fish (tuna, yellowtail, salmon, and whitefish) on a bed of rice.
Shiima’s fried buffalo chicken was amazing! Lightly fried chicken thighs tossed in tasty spicy buffalo sauce. It was served with blue cheese, which we didn’t touch lol. Her mac & cheese was delicious. Again, nothing fancy, just delicious. Nothing much to write about the hand cut chips; they were good lol. My smoked veal short rib was so good. Succulent and fall off the bone veal doused in (probably) gochujang sauce. Plus, the Asian slaw that came with the dish was so unexpectedly delicious.
We went for dessert, and here the waiter helped us. Shiima was already certain she was ordering the baked New York cheesecake, but I wasn’t sure what to order. He suggested the chocolate cake with crème fraiche.
Shiima’s cheesecake is the best New York cheesecake we’ve ever eaten, and close to the best cheesecake in general. It was beyond delicious. Light, creamy, and full of vanilla. My chocolate cake was gluten free, which didn’t affect much besides the texture. It was still wonderfully delicious, and also brownie-like.
We really enjoyed our experience at Maze Grill Mayfair. The food was fantastic and the service was top notch. We’ll certainly be going back soon for the cheesecake and the other dishes we wanted to order but couldn’t. Maze Grill is moderately expensive, but that ought to be expected. I recommend for a date, special occasions, group meals, and even family Sunday roasts (they have a table that seems solely for that).
Dress Code: Smart Casual
Cuisine: American inspired, Steak and Sushi.
Amen & Shiima’s Star Dish: Baked New York Cheesecake
Price: £35+ each (excluding alcohol)
Rating: 5 out of 5.
Maze Grill Mayfair
10 – 13 GROSVENOR SQUARE
MAYFAIR LONDON W1K 6JP
Call 0207 495 2211 to reserve a table, or via OpenTable