Birthdays should be special, so last Sunday I headed to Maze in Mayfair to have a good go at attacking their Champagne list and eating myself silly.
Maze, tackles a rather unique fusion of French and Asian cuisine, and is one of the Michelin starred gems in the Gordon Ramsay group. I’ve wanted to visit since I saw it featured on an episode of Masterchef years ago, where they showed them preparing for service by measuring the distance of the chairs from the table with a ruler. You know, just to make sure everything was perfect… How mental is that!?
Their lunch menu is a great value way of enjoying good food with 4 courses of tapas-style portions for £30.
I had high hopes for a good lunch, and was not disappointed. Not only were we very well looked after by the team at Maze, the food was stunning and the atmosphere was very relaxed. There was not a white table cloth in sight, although there were plenty of wealthy Russians dotted around the room.
The wine list came out on an iPad which had me giddy with excitement, the Besserat Blanc de Blanc was great. Very elegant and a great way to kick off the meal.
Thankfully, I know the head sommelier so we got to BYO with the wine. I plumped for the Rodrigo Mendez Salvora, which is made from the Albarino grape variety. Why not white Burgundy? Well, I could have but the plan with the Albarino was for it go with the food – and luckily it did.
I have zero complaints about the food, it was all great but by far the standout choice was the steamed pork bun with sweetcorn. This is a play on the classic dim sum, char sui bao, and totally delicious.
Dessert was incredible (mainly because we had lots of extra desserts sent over). Plus, a little ‘infusing of the table’ to round things off… I was a little worried for the poor table I have to admit, but it just turned out to be the MAZE code for some birthday well wishes.