Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Maze Grill Melbourne @ Crown Metropol, Melbourne

Say what you want to say about Gordon Ramsay; his foul mouth temper on TV or spending more time on TV than cooking; he is smart enough to capitalise on his celebrity chef status to open a boon of restaurants all over the world. You still got to give credit to him.

Despite i hear that he rarely cooks in his restaurants any more, one can still taste his creations and influences cooked by all his right and left hand men/women. So having opened two restaurants, Maze and Maze Grill in Melbourne, one can't say no to a suggestion to visit, can you?

Originally the booking was for Maze, the finer of the two, the menu suggests small portions with a decent price of an average AUD 20+ and a degustation menu for AUD 110. The steak lover in our group wanted his steak so we opted for Maze Grill, which has a slightly more casual menu and ambience with their dinner menu focusing on grilled meats.

Lunch though was a simpler affair, four entrees, five mains (one choice of steak) and a couple of desserts or alternatively the 3 course set lunch (with steak). 

Freshly baked bread, the rolls were served warm and with almost melted butter, easy to spread on the bread i suppose. Good start.

With entrees limited to softshell crab, a salmon cerviche and two choice of salads, we skipped the greens and had the first two.

Being seated close to the open kitchen, we get to see some cooking and plating action but be warned, the ventilation is not fool prove and you do smell quite a bit by the time the meal ends, so opt to sit further.

The crispy softshell crab with harissa mayonnaise and a side salad (AUD 16) is a very simple deep fried coated crab dish. I suppose it sounds easy to make but to execute it perfectly, it might be a bit harder. Tasted delicious though.

The salmon cerviche, with chilli, avocado,lime and coriander with some pickled onions (AUD 16) was too mild for me. The heat was non existent but the only upside is the fresh well marbled fish. 

 For mains, the steak lovers had the "meat of the day" i presume, a 300gram sirloin from the Victoria regions (AUD 50) served with roasted garlic while i had the roasted mulloway with a chorizo and corn stew (AUD 34).

 Despite the portion looking measly, i was surprised that i was quite full by the end of the meal. The fish was perfectly cooked, the crisp skin from all that butter basting action and a moist core of flesh. The sauce was hearty with the chorizo, corn and potato.

 The steaks were polished clean, cooked as requested with the only extra comments muttered; well seasoned and lovely with the soft garlic pieces.

With the steak being served bare, a few sides made it more complete.

 The slow cooked butternut squash with parmesan and oregano (AUD 8) is said to be a special of Gordon and to be honest it is an alright dish, a simple combination. I am inspired to make this one day.

The rocket, radish, pecorino romano and olive salad (AUD 8) was served to us by mistake, we didn't ask them to take it back but it was obviously "mistakenly" billed to us, glad we almost finished it. Another simple salad, with flavours that all worked out well.

The broccoli almondine (AUD 8) which we ordered came late, probably a mistake with the kitchen. Steamed or blanched broccoli topped with the finely chopped almond topping was delicious.  

As we were running short of time and wanted to squeeze in some coffee at Chapel St, we gave dessert a miss. Not to say it wasn't a bad suggestion as despite the portions being reasonable in size, it left us full for quite some time. Overall, the food experience due to the big tag line of "Gordon Ramsay", fell slightly short of expectations.  

Expect to spend a minimum of AUD47 for the set lunch without drinks or order on the ala-carte menu and spend around AUD80 or more for a 3 course. 

Address and contact details:

maze Grill Melbourne
Level 1, Crown Metropol
Corner of Whiteman and Clarendon Streets,
Southbank, Victoria 3006  

Opening Hours
Friday-Saturday 12noon - 2.30pm
Sunday 12.15pm - 2.45pm
Monday-Sunday 6.00pm - 11.00pm
maze Bar and lounge is open from 6.30am until 1.00am
Contact details:              +61 (0)3 9292 8300      
 Or book online at: Maze

  Verdict: 4 stars out of 5 stars. The lunch menu was on the thin side but whatever was offered was well executed except for the missing heat in the cerviche and the mishap with one of the sides. Other than that, don't expect the food to blow your mind like how Gordon Ramsay swears.

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eiling lim said...

Love your pictures. The presentation of the food is very nice and AUD110 for a degustation, I guess it wasn't too expensive. (provided no conversion done that is)

Baby Sumo said...

I've tried Maze in London and it's excellent. You have to try Maze in Melbourne and blog about it - I wanna see how it compares :)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

baby sumo: well as soon as i fill my pockets, i will go try the degustation menu and let u know.

eiling: convert anything here n u wont b able to even eat bread. haha.

fatboybakes said...

quite reasonable wat, even with conversion. RM330...read thamby's latest high tide (not referring to her bladder) post, sounds even more exp.

Blackswan said...

AUD110's won't burn a hole in the pocket for a degustation menu. One of the cheapest I've come across.

Nice shots & u make me drool!

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"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

harry: isit? it seems to be ok from here.

anob: will do?

blackswan: yeah thats true comparing to other hatted restaurants which are in the range of 200 aud.

fbb: true also la, if u say like that, but thamby has a big wallet mah.. need to find job la, if not got to be contended with 2 course lunch.

PureGlutton said...

Nice photos, even if the food fell short of your expectations! ;-)

Michelle Chin said...

It used to be only 95 AUD when it first opened.


Anyway, I see that you are part of the urbanspoon thing. :)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

michelle: haha well trying to share my melbourne experiences! yeah i heard from my cousin too.

pureglutton: yeah i loved the photos too!

Sean said...

Wonder if the maze grill in london is better or worse. Am hoping to check out a Ramsay restaurant next week...

Tummy Rumble said...

My parents and brother went to Maze in London.. They had all the small courses as you mentioned.. They claim the food was bland but salty.. Nobody enjoyed the meal.. A couple of my friends also said the same thing.. Maze Melbourne is still very new, hopefully their standard hasn't stooped that low..

thule a.k.a leo said...

rare occasion that I saw you gave a 4-Star rating to a restaurant.. or was it because it's Gordon Ramsay???

Chloe n Daniel's daDDy said...

Nice blog. I definitely enjoyed our trip to MAZE London, it was also very good value surprisingly enough. See the review if you have time.


yu liang wedding said...

wow, what camera are you using for the foods photo?

J2Kfm said...

Actually, dollar for dollar, kind of reasonable. Imagine a degustation menu here cost almost RM150-RM200 in finer places.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

j2kfm: where got degustation menu here so cheap? hahah unless its 3-4 courses.

yuliang: its a 400D with a 50mm lens.

chloe and daniel daddy: it does look good and pretty value for money too!

leo: aiyah i got give 4 stars one la, long time no see!

tummyrumble: yeah u will never find 1 restaurant that has all positive reviews i guess, or is that the ultimate place to try?

sean: well do it ur style and order alot for us to see!

iamthewitch said...

Ah I'm jealous of your pics! :) I was in Maze for dinner last time and the whole place was like candle-lit! And I didn't dare to use flash so all my pictures ended up grainy and dark :( I thought the steak looked pretty good from your picture!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

iamthewitch:ahah well it was after all lunch n the lighting was very good =)

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