I don’t quite know who decided that, as long as its eaten at the weekend, brunch can be served at any time of day and encompass any type of food. However, as that person is responsible for the fact that this Sunday at 2pm I found myself eating bottomless platters of sushi and sipping unlimited glasses of Prosecco at Gordon Ramsay’s Maze, I have two words to say to them: thank you!
Quiet and unassuming from the outside, one could be forgiven for not knowing that this delightful spot is just five minutes from the buzz of Oxford Street. Despite its traditional exterior, in keeping with the grand Mayfair square in which it sits, the restaurant surprises with an interior decor that is trendy and bright, with glowing bars and dark wood.
Upon arrival at the restaurant my boyfriend and I were warmly greeted and immediately taken through to the bar, where we were given the first of many bottomless glasses of Prosecco to begin our Sushi Sunday (£40 per person). After polishing off our first tipple, we were seated at the sushi bar (a real treat since I love anywhere where I can watch chefs at work). The menu confirmed that very little ordering would need to take place and, instead, we could sit back as we were plied with plate after plate of sushi all afternoon.
Kicking things off, a miso soup was brought to us in a little wooden bowl. This was a lovely, flavoursome and traditional Japanese start to the meal while we awaited the main event: the sushi.
The first sushi platter that was brought out consisted of tuna, salmon and yellowtail nigiri, tuna tartare rolls, spicy salmon tartare rolls, a snow crab roll and vegetarian cucumber rolls. The fish on the nigiri was cut in wonderfully thick slices allowing you to taste the full flavour alongside the rice. A personal favourite however was the tuna tartare roll.
After another scrumptious round of sushi, we decided to treat ourselves to something off of the à la carte menu: the five fish sashimi (£27). Sashimi is one of my all time favourite foods, so I tend to be picky, but it was simply delightful, with thick slices of fish served on a bed of ice to keep it perfectly chilled. My highlights were the wonderfully meaty tuna and delicate scallop.
A final surprise treat, brought to us with the bill, were two handmade chocolate truffles, bursting with salted caramel: a lovely note on which to end the meal.
For the duration of the meal my glass was never empty and sushi was constantly replenished as each plate was finished, making the price tag of £40 per person more than reasonable. With its amazingly central location and the Sushi Sunday brunch being served until 4pm, Maze is the perfect spot for locals and visitors alike to head to after a morning exploring Selfridges.
Love, Sophia x
Maze, 10-13 Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, London W1K 6JP