Lucky Cat is Gordon Ramsay’s opulent Pan-Asian Restaurant in Mayfair. Shiima’s a huge fan of Gordon Ramsay, we really enjoyed our dinner at Maze Grill, and we love Pan-Asian cuisine, so Lucky Cat has been near the top of our list since it opened in the Summer
Lucky Cat replaced Maze Grill (now closed) in its Mayfair location, and it does a really good job with the space. As you’d expect, much love, attention, and expense was poured into the décor and it paid off. The atmosphere oozes contemporary, opulence, and Pan-Asian, with a particular focus on the “lucky waving cat”. The service is fantastic, from the door to your table, and they genuinely seem happy to have you and to serve you. Now, the food.
The A La Carte menu is comprehensive, with almost everything you’d hope for from a Pan-Asian restaurant, which then makes it hard to decide. But with our waiter’s help, and Instagram, we eventually did.
My first time ever having a takoyaki and I really enjoyed it. Particularly the rich and delicious chorizo filling and the creamy mayo.
Ohh, this was absolutely delicious. We’d have preferred the aubergines grilled or roasted, rather than fried, but it was still incredibly scrumptious. One thing though, how is this a salad? 😄
Buns & Dumplings
I know, unlike me and like Shiima, most folks aren’t that excited by eating snail, but you need not worry because the balance of flavours in the filling is so good that it’s neither particularly snail-y or watercress-y… just tasty.
There is a lot to the presentation of this dish because the duck leg is presented whole and is then carefully deboned at the table. Needless to say, the duck is melt in the mouth soft, but the skin is soft as well and crispy. The baos were as fluffy as you’d expect and the spicy hoisin was really good… not to sweet and with a good kick.
This was so fantastically seasoned that the batter on the prawns were almost as delicious as the prawns itself. It wasn’t too crunchy either… only issue was the portion size. Come on now.
Oh my God, I loved this. It was too spicy for Shiima, but just right for me. The sauce was tingly spicy but also incredibly rich, and the chicken wasn’t overly battered.
As good as any pork belly skewers I’ve enjoyed and the yuzu mustard was actually quite good. I usually ignore the sauce, but this really elevated the dish.
We really enjoyed this. It was perfectly seasoned and very succulent. One of the very best beef skewers we’ve eaten.
Fish & Meat
This was okay. It was very fresh and cooked really well, but there was nothing outstanding about the flavour of the squid or the xo sauce.
This was similar to the squid… the sirloin was cooked really well and tender but seemingly not seasoned, and the sauce wasn’t close to making me weep. Frankly, we weren’t big fans of the sauce’s flavour, but Shiima did enjoy it with some steamed rice, which was too al dente.
The dessert options were a tad underwhelming, particularly because we had one of best cheesecakes ever in this building.
We opted for the chocolate tofu and crème fraiche ice cream and they turned out to be quite good. The chocolate tofu was light, but still very creamy and rich with chocolate.
The crème fraiche ice cream was awesome… tasted almost like a sorbet. Much lighter than vanilla ice cream and equally delicious.
We really enjoyed our dinner at Lucky Cat. It’s beautiful, opulent, the service is fantastic, and the food is everything you’d hope for from an excellent Pan-Asian restaurant. Lucky Cat is really expensive though, so we recommend for romantic dates and special occasions.
Dress Code: Smart Casual
Shiima’s Star Dish(es): Warm Eggplant and Salt & Pepper Prawns
Amen’s Star Dish: JFC
Price: Over £50pp
Rating: 5 out of 5
Lucky Cat by Gordon Ramsay
10 Grosvenor Square
Mayfair, London W1K 6JP
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