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I had previously heard scores of raving reviews from friends who had dined at Maze back when it was still up and running in Melbourne. Unfortunately, I never got the chance to try for myself before the restaurant closed its doors for the last time midway through 2011. The opportunity to rectify this came up as we started to plan for the London leg of our eurotrip, and so a booking was promptly made.
Exotic Fruit Booster - with fresh passionfruit and mango puree, served with cranberry juice, lime juice and passionfruit syrup.
The drink was bursting with a refreshing tropical flavour and the combination of passionfruit and mango was particularly pronounced (yum yum).
Served warm, the bread was soft and doughy, while the crust had much crunch.
Spicy tuna tartare - with chilli garlic, spring onions and wonton crisps.
The pieces of fresh tuna were very tender and contrasted perfectly with the delicately crunchy wonton crisps. The chilli flavour was lacking, but the sweet sesame and sharp onion flavours that took the centre stage were still very enjoyable.
Salt & Szechuan pepper squid - crisp fried squid, pepper and lime.
For those of you who love calamari, you haven’t tried calamari until you have tried this dish! The batter was gorgeously light, and seemed to crumble and melt as soon as it was popped into the mouth. While the overall flavour was quite light, the simple balance of the lime and pepper combination complemented the squid to a T.
Mussels - with lemon and cream.
The mussels were quite decently sized, not overly ‘fishy’-tasting and were well-flavoured by the creamy sauce.
Grilled organic salmon - with celeriac & chimichurri.
Cooked just right to a sensational pinky medium, the salmon just melted, while its skin was fried to a crispy perfection.
Side of sweet potato mash.
Maze Grill cheeseburger - with tomato relish & Monterey Jack cheese.
I had placed in an order for medium, but ended up with well done. Jma’s order came out slightly more pink. The beef was very well-seasoned and its crunchy grilled flavour could be detected in each bite. Together with the soft and sweet brioche buns, the sweet tomato chutney, oozy and melted cheese, and the fresh veggies, there was plenty of oomph factors that made the burger one tasty Ramsay creation.
And if we weren’t already wowed by our savoury selections, the desserts certainly did more than enough convincing…
Chocolate lovers, behold: one epic mess of chocolate and caramel. Between the chocolate marshmallows, powdery chocolate, crunchy meringue shards, Maltesars-like chocolate biscuit bites, chocolate ice cream and caramel drizzle, there were plenty of chocolaty tones and textures that wowed the palate. It was slightly overly sweet at times, but that’s why the layer of fluffy whipped cream was there on the plate.
The banana presence was nailed perfectly, and could even be smelt from afar. The cheese cake layer was super soft and airy light, and sat on top of a nutty and buttery shortcake-like base. The crowning glory were the pieces of cooked banana, topped off with a layer of crunchy caramelised sugar.
*I may or may not be currently drooling after recalling my experience with the banoffee cheesecake…
Treacle and bourbon tart, with vanilla ice cream.
While I was unable to pick up a bourbon taste, the caramel-like treacle flavour was definitely present throughout each mouthful. The pastry base sported a lovely firm crunch that brought out the texture and flavours of the treacle component. The vanilla flavour in the ice cream was very fragrant - as expected given the specks of vanilla seen in the ice cream prior to even trying it.
From our very first course to the last, it was very plain to see what all the hype had been about; the presentation and flavour profiles for each dish was not only well put together but also left a lasting impression. With another week left in London, perhaps another visit is in order…
10-13 Grosvenor Square,
London, W1K 6JP, United Kingdom
+44 20 7495 2211