The problem was that his birthday fell on a Saturday this year and, when I started to look for a restaurant about 10 days before the date, there were almost all already fully booked!
As I mentioned in a previous post, I hate weekends. I hate weekends because everybody is off and it’s impossible to find an activity to do without being surrounded by a horde of people. I always arranged myself to work during weekends and my bosses and colleagues seemed to be grateful so we were all happy.
So it was the first time since I have been in London that I had to find a restaurant for a Saturday night. And it was a nightmare… I spent more than 10 hours on my computer before finding it. I learned that if you don’t book months in advance, you’ll have to eat super early, super late or in a restaurant of second choice. As I had planned something for the second part of the evening and wanted to eat in a fancy restaurant, I resigned myself to eat early.
I finally opted for the Maze at 18:15. At the same time, Norwegians are used to eat early.
The Maze is a Gordon Ramsay Michelin star restaurant that combines French cuisine with Asian influences in tasting sized dishes, allowing guests to experience more.
The atmosphere was both chic and cozy.
We were led to a table at the far end of the restaurant, a place that I found more intimate.
The lighting was also part of the atmosphere and was dim, which made it very difficult to take pictures. I tried nonetheless to take a picture of each course to give you an idea. But they’re far from reflecting the truth.
It was a surprising but excellent appetizer.
The combination was perfect.
It was very good but, for me, nothing can beat a traditional foie gras terrine.
I realised that I forgot to take a picture of this dish so I borrowed one. I might have been too impatient to eat it as I love dumplings.
We were waiting for this dish and a Maitre d’ came to apologize for the wait and informed us that the kitchen had overcooked the duck and therefore therefore had to cook a new one. Thankfully Gordon Ramsay wasn’t here or it would have been a “Kitchen nightmare” for the person in charge! We appreciated the honesty of the Maitre d’ and weren’t bothered at all. And when the duck arrived, it was perfectly cooked: pink as it should always be.
It was very light and tasty but my French side would have preferred some cheese.
It was a real delight!
There were slightly warm and melted in the mouth. The perfect end of a perfect meal!
The price of the menu was £75, which isn’t excessive for a Michelin star restaurant.
However, the portions were small. It’s done on purpose to allow the guests to try many different dishes. But I know that if my boyfriend could have joined us, he would never have had enough to eat with a menu and would have had to buy a Kebab on Edgware Road on the way home! This is why I wouldn’t recommend Maze if you’re planning a meal with big eaters.
My only regret is that we didn’t see Gordon Ramsay. But he has so many restaurants in London (and abroad) that he can’t visit all of them everyday.
I heard a guest at the table next to us asking if he was here tonight and the waitress answered that unfortunately he wasn’t but that he was here the day before. I wondered if he really was or if it was the answer the staff had to give.