I have been to the 'Maze' in Melbourne, Australia on a number of occasions, and have found it to be a really fantastic restaurant - both for the creativity and standard of food presented and also the moderate prices involved. These visits came to a halt as a result of disagreements between Gordon Ramsey and the other partners in that restaurant.
My daughter and son-in-law who live in England had never been to 'Maze', so on the current visit to London in 2014, I found it a perfect opportunity to take them to 'Maze'. We decided to go for lunch and have the lunch special deal, which is very similar to the deal that 'Maze' had in Melbourne - of a total of four dishes for £30. There were seven dishes to choose from in the savoury section of the menu -
Spiced pumpkin velouté, salt pollock, lemon yoghurt,
Duck and foie gras terrine, rhubarb, Sauternes gel,
Smoked mackerel, beetroot, horseradish, mandarin vinaigrette,
Crispy chicken thigh, charred baby gem, turnip, lettuce mayonnaise,
Sea bream, enoki mushroom, seaweed, ginger, dashi,
Steamed pork bun, sweetcorn and fried onions,
Lamb belly, cauliflower and spiced lentils.
and two dishes to choose from in the sweets -
Clementine parfait, clove ice cream, hazelnut, Cointreau gel,
Chocolate and peanut bar, caramelised banana.
James, my son - in - law had chicken Crispy chicken thigh, charred baby gem, turnip, lettuce mayonnaise - Fig 2 - which he felt was very good.
Next we all ate Sea bream, enoki mushroom,seaweed, ginger, dashi - Fig 3 - the sea bass was just perfectly cooked and the Asian sauce was truly delightful.
The third dish we all had was Lamb belly, cauliflower and spiced lentils - Fig 4 - it was simply sublime!
For desserts, I had Clementine parfait, clove ice cream, hazelnut, Cointreau gel - Fig 5
whilst Aviva and James had the Chocolate and peanut bar, caramelised banana - Fig 6.
We all teamed this up with a glass of Dr Loosens Riesling which was just beautiful. So all in all, we had a truly wonderful lunch experience.