Gordon Ramsays Restaurant
The wife and I had dinner at Maze (Gordon's bistro-style restaurant at the London Hotel in NYC) last night (Sunday). Food and service were excellent, but pricey. $300+, for two, not including tip.
Maze is all small-plates. 3 or 4 make a decent meal, plus dessert. We each had 4 plates, dessert, 2 glasses of wine, and a cocktail. That's 18 "items," each item was about $15. Not a cheap date.
The ambiance was upscale bistro, much nicer than Thomas Keller's Bouchon in Napa. I can only speak for what I had, which included: white asparagus w/ truffle mayo (ask for extra aioli!), hand-dived scallops (perfectly cooked) with cauliflower beignets (more like crumbs!), quail w/ foie gras (fantastic!!), cod with jamon and mussels (perfect). For desert, I had the "PBJ," which was a treat. The tempranillo by the glass was a great choice.
The wife had the smoked trout, hamachi, beef shortrib, something else (d'oh!), and the valrhona chocolate. She enjoyed everything, but was disappointed there were no well-oaked chardonnay's by the glass.
I really appreciated the attentive service, well-informed staff, and enjoyed the meal. $300 dinners, though, aren't a regular part of my budget. Still, a fine meal in the City doesn't come cheap.
We have had very good to great meals at both Maze and the main restaurant.
See our notes at http://martinchamois.blogspot.com
"With major hotel renovations that resulted in the London NYC, there also emerged the restaurants of Gordon Ramsay. With his first restaurant project in the United States being in Manhattan, Ramsay took on a formidable task - convincing skeptical New Yorkers to partake in his contemporary versions of classic French cuisine.
The decor of the bar/cafe area is very contemporary with a bit of Austin Powers set design. The formal dining room is just that with Continental Classic decor.
Prior to booking at the formal dining room - Gordon Ramsay at the London, we tried Maze by Gordon Ramsay (previously called the Bar) at the London, after we read about the common kitchens and prep-chefs (see the New Yorker magazine article).
We were pleasantly surprised with the excellent tapas style menu with its excellent execution. We ordered 10 small plates that we shared, and each one was outstanding. It is clear Ramsay and company are using the Maze menu to test compositions, (very much like Nougatine does a Jean Georges) as well as provide lower priced teasers for customers. Our only problem was the waiter. The headwaiter, sommelier and the bus boys were great, but our waiter and the nearby waiter were both poor.
We then celebrated a special occasion at the formal Gordon Ramsay at the London restaurant. The menu was exceptional. Ingredients and sauces were outstanding. Everything was wonderful other than slightly over cooked fish main courses, which we find is typical of European preparation but is not what we expect at a top Manhattan restaurant.
Service was very professional as expected.
The restaurant's wine list, as at Maze, is excellent but very high priced.
Overall both venues were just short of exceptional. The more casual Maze offers good value and the formal restaurant offers a perfect place to celebrate a special occasion."
sounds like the RW poster got the usual RW shaft. I've been there for regular lunch though and it was excellent. the food was great but the service really stood out for me. between me and the people in my party we tried most of the stuff on the lunch menu and everything was good. I haven't been for dinner, but would assume it's the same if not better.
I went for RW lunch last week and it was OK, app was mushroom salad which was fine, but too chilled for my taste. entree was cod with musseld, artichokes and baby brussel sprouts which was excellent. dessert was vanilla rice pudding, truly awful. My friend commented that it tasted like her risotto entree which she was not keen about at all.