Gordon Ramsay Restaurants announces the opening of its newest London restaurant: Lucky Cat will open on the site of Maze, in Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, this summer.
A revolutionary new venture and concept for the group, the restaurant is set to be an authentic Asian Eating House and vibrant late-night lounge, inspired by the drinking dens of 1930s Tokyo and the Far East.
Just as these nocturnal clubs were once the playground of urban dwellers seeking all things spirited and rebellious, Lucky Cat has woven these notions into the fabric of Lucky Cat, as showcased in everything from the menu concept to the innovative interior design.
Self-styled “tofu freak” Ben Orpwood will be leading the charge on the innovative menu. His extensive experience in the realm of Asian cuisine includes his time as executive chef at Richard Caring’s Asian restaurant and bar, Sexy Fish, in addition to a six-year stint at Rainer Becker’s Japanese concept Zuma.
Chef Gordon Ramsay says, “I can’t wait to open the doors at Lucky Cat and bring a new flavour of Asian food and culture to Mayfair. I can honestly say there will not be a bad seat in the house — every table will have a unique view and each guest will come away having experienced something sensational — whether it be the phenomenal menu, the amazing service or the stunning look and feel. Maze leaves large shoes for us to fill, but I have no doubt Lucky Cat will more than step up to the plate.”
The new restaurant highlights Gordon Ramsay Restaurants’ continued innovation and creativity and is set to become the go-to destination for exquisite, authentic Asian cuisine and culture in the heart of Mayfair, thriving on an ethos of respect and passion that is channeled into every dish.
My only objection to this is the “authentic Asian Eating House” and “Asian cuisine” stuff. It’s like saying “Caucasian cuisine” or maybe more charitably “European cuisine” but I get it. It’s lazy shorthand. I’m not bent out of shape by it. I would eat whatever British-Chinese-fusion meal they serve and probably like it.
But, people already have a rage-on for Ramsay thanks to his show in which he travels around the world and “schools” locals on how to cook their own foods, so the reaction to this news is not great.