Known for its small-plate, tapas-style approach to delicious French-Asian dishes, its understated yet chic décor and its great service, Gordon Ramsay’s Maze restaurant in Mayfair is always busy. From September 11, it’s likely to be even more so, as that’s when the new Maze Sushi Bar launches.
Born in France to Japanese parents, chef Gohei Kishi should fit the bill perfectly here. He’s worked at Sushi Zanmai and Kappou Nakajima in Japan, Barcelona’s Besushi restaurant, and Tagawa in Paris, and so is schooled in the Japanese tradition but has a modern approach and a “European-Asian understanding”. Diners will be able to see him at work, hand-crafting both innovative and traditional, authentic dishes. Expect the menu to include treats such as Kani Snow Crab (pictured; snow crab and mixed seaweeds with dashi and pickled wasabi), Hamachi Tataki (thinly sliced yellow tail with chive, sesame and grated radish, served with yuzukosho dressing and white seaweed), plus Sea Bass Usuzukuri (wild sea bass carpaccio with ponzu sauce and spicy radish).
Sushi and sashimi will be available at the counter, with drinks from the bar (where the menu offers Spicy Tuna Rolls, California Rolls and Sashimi Moriawase), and as a Maze Sushi Platter in the main restaurant. The dishes can be purchased for both lunch (12pm-3pm) and dinner (6pm-11pm). No reservations are necessary – but I’d book ahead for this one.