Maze on a Monday or when I met Gordon Ramsay

I was suppose to post nice recipes from the weekend, but after the Monday night I had, I just have to tell you about it! Because I met Gordon Ramsay!

One of his restaurants in Mayfair, Maze, has an offer on at the moment (Maze on a Monday) to make people fill up the restaurant on the otherwise quiet Monday evenings. Their offer is three courses for £25 and a tour of the kitchen. Who could possibly resist?!

Yesterday we tried out the offer together with our dear friends Chris and Jess. The interior of the restaurant is laid-back modern and the ambiance is quite relaxed for a Michelin star restaurant (it has 1 star) and the cuisine has been described as innovative.

Although it was a limited menu, it sounded impressive and very in season. There were wild garlic, rhubarb and radishe on the menu for example.

For their starter, the boys chose the same. Confit chicken with caesarsallad garnish. They really liked it and thought the anchovies and chicken really worked together.

Jess had the marinated beetroot with goat’s cheese curd and pine nuts, which looked fab!

I chose the wild garlic soup with maple glazed chicken oysters and lemon emulsion. On my plate was just the chicken, emulsion and wild garlic flower and it looked rather sad, but when all of us had the starter on the table they poured the soup onto the plate. I love when the waiters get involved like that and it turned out all the three courses I chose had the element of pouring liquid onto my plate. 🙂 It was a great dish, the soup tasted very mildly of wild garlic and the lemon emulsions where like little island floating in the soup. Only thing I can complain about was the temperature of the soup. It was eaither not heated up properly or sitting on the hot plate for too long.

For the maincourse the each couple chose the same dish. Chris and Jess had the Loch Duart salmon with brown shrimps and fondue of leek. It looked lovely and Jess thought this was the best dish she had.

Chris and I chose the Szechuan spicy pork with crackling, edamame beans and thinly sliced black radish. It was really nice and tender, cooked to perfection, but less spicy than it seemed on the menu.

And so the desserts. The boys chose the same once again, this time ‘The summer crumble’; elderflower mousse with berry sorbet and granola.

I had the rhubarb soup with ginger pannacotta, icecream and coriander. It was quite a light dessert; not too sweet, not too creamy. And summery. 🙂

Jess had the pistachio parfair with cherry sorbet and griotte cherries. It looked wonderful and if I had liked cherry in any other form than just fresh, I would have chosen this.

All in all it was a wonderful meal wih two bottles of wine and lots of laughter, and although the portions were small we felt full. The food was nice and well executed, but I still think Gordon Ramsay at Claridges was slightly better on the starters and mains, but not on the desserts.

At the end of our meal, Christopher spotted Gordon Ramsay himself in the restaurant chatting to a table a few meters away. Of course we all turned and looked, and a few minutes later he was standing in between Jess and Chris and looking right at me! He was all smiles and pleasant, and we chatted for a little while until he moved onto the next table.

It was quite late by the time we got to see the kitchen, we were busy having a good time, but we were shown around and got to see the large kitchen with all the different sections and the massive hot plate.

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