Gordon Ramsay’s “Maze”

11 Jul

Level 1, Crown Metropol
Corner of Whiteman & Clarendon Streets
Melbourne, Australia

www.gordonramsay.com

Melbourne is a city of, and for, food lovers and I am (obviously) a food lover. This made my recent trip there a very conflicted one. On one hand there were countless restaurants and cafés that I wanted to discover but on the other hand, I didn’t even scratch the surface of all the places that I wanted to try. With only 2.5 days in Melbourne we really didn’t have time to do the city justice, however, we certainly gave it our best shot. We both gained some extra “padding” in Melbourne as our days consisted of a tightly packed schedule of coffee, food, coffee, food, drinks, and more food.

The one place that B and I had our hearts set on eating at was Gordon Ramsay’s, Maze. We both admire Gordon immensely so when I told B that Melbourne is home to two (!!) Ramsay restaurants he demanded (kindly) that I make a reservation immediately. I didn’t need to be convinced. We made our reservation for lunch at Maze about a month before we left on our trip. Gee, could you tell we were eager? My friends from Melbourne told me that the restaurant isn’t actually doing that well and I think the location must play a big part in its struggles. It is in quite an odd location – upstairs, at the back of the Crown casino – I don’t think that was a great choice as it is quite out of the way.

The restaurant décor is sophisticated in a modern way – elegant furniture, lots of open space, and whilst we were there, a lot of natural light. To me, Maze was informal fine-dining (although just skimming the line between formal and informal) and the menu was mostly French but with a slight Australian influence (noticeable in the use of local ingredients). We opted for lunch so that we could enjoy a long lazy meal but at a price that wouldn’t blow our entire travel budget. The three course lunch at Maze is $42, whilst four courses is $54 (includes taxes and remember that tip is optional, not expected, in Australia). Without hesitation we ordered the four courses and sat back to enjoy our Gordon Ramsay experience.

As we had expected from a Gordon Ramsay restaurant, everything was elegantly plated and finely executed, from the complimentary bread basket, to the main courses, to the coffee. I particularly enjoyed the yellow fin tuna tartar, with white radish, yuzu, and black garlic, but the show-stealer for me was the rhubarb compote. I absolutely loved it!

Final Thoughts: Maybe we are biased because we admire Gordon Ramsay but I thoroughly enjoyed my meal, and our experience, at Maze. It was definitely a highlight of our trip to Melbourne. I thought the meal was extremely good value for money (as I’ve mentioned the $54 is including taxes) and the meals were what I would expect from a perfectionist like Gordon. I really hope that Maze doesn’t fail in this location but Melbourne is a tough city to crack so I can only hope that more people make the effort to get lost at Maze.

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4 Responses to “Gordon Ramsay’s “Maze””

  1. raul July 19, 2011 at 3:59 am #

    Superb photos. I never been to Australia, i hope i will get to visit Melbourne soon. 🙂

    • greedyguts July 19, 2011 at 4:18 pm #

      I hope you do too. I am probably biased but Australia is a FANTASTIC place to visit. 🙂

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