In many other countries the best restaurants are often found in a good quality hotel; in London you have a lot of restaurants out of hotels in areas like Mayfair and Soho. Gordon Ramsay’s Maze restaurant is inside the London Marriott Grosvenor Square hotel.
Grosvenor Square is a bit out of my stomping ground, but would be ideal for shoppers on New Bond Street and the plethora of hedge fund managers based in Mayfair. I went along with my friend Tomoko on a Saturday morning, so your mileage may vary.
Whilst the hotel is a vintage brick building, the interior design of the restaurant has a modern tip with a nod to 1960s science fiction films. We got there early and so grabbed a drink at the bar. The bartender was friendly and set a high standard of service that was matched later on when we sat down to eat.
One of the problems with having a successful career is the inevitable spread that comes with too many corporate lunches. maze addresses this by having a menu more akin to a set of tasters rather than full-blown dishes. The food is tasty and aesthetically pleasing modern European in style.
Whilst you eat the food, you can hold a reasonable conversation with your lunch date, given that the noise levels are lower than most Soho diners because of the acoustic panels lining the walls. In fact, the only thing that would negate me recommending maze as a business restaurant is the fact it only opens as 12h00; so there is no breakfast menu – which nukes half the business meetings I do.
maze restaurant (in the London Marriott Grosvenor Square hotel)
10-13 Grosvenor Square
London W1K 6JP
020 7495 2211
Open Daily 12pm-2:30pm, 6pm-10:30pm