Love him or hate him, celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is planting yet another stake in Hong Kong’s dining scene with the opening of his third restaurant, in collaboration with long-time partner Dining Concepts, who have stated the steakhouse is scheduled to open this October. The opinionated, expletive-loving chef will debut his Maze Grill concept — first founded in 2008, with three operating outlets across London — on the 4th floor of the new Ocean Terminal extension, following the success of Bread Street Kitchen in LKF and British gastropub London House, which opened in 2015 along the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront promenade.
The first Maze Grill debuted a decade ago in Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, offering a more casual alternative to adjacent fine diner Maze — both led by then-head chef, the formidable Jason Atherton (who now runs his own mini-empire of restaurants across Asia, including Hong Kong’s own 22 Ships, Aberdeen Street Social and Ham & Sherry). Promising juicy aged steaks and the ambience of a quintessential, New York-style brasserie, Maze Grill was well received by critics, delighting with its beefy, deliciously marbled sirloins and ribeyes, and a selection of bistro-style sides ranging from thick-cut onion rings to deep-fried crunchy oysters — not to mention the highly marketed US-style hot broiler brought over by Atherton himself to ensure an extra crispy char on the crusts.
With Hong Kongers’ perpetual and voracious appetite for Western-style steakhouses — and a running obsession with celebrity chef openings — it’s safe to say that Maze Grill has a promising shot of becoming another permanent gem in Gordon Ramsay’s overseas stable, supplemented by swish new digs and a prime harbour-facing location in the new OTE complex (which also houses fine diner à nu retrouvez-vous, Milan import Paper Moon, and Chinese restaurant HEXA, amongst others).
While Dining Concepts has yet to confirm whether the Hong Kong menu will adhere strictly to the original, diners can certainly expect a sumptuous steakhouse experience in store, starting from a selection of hearty appetisers — chilli and garlic prawns, steak tartare and moules marinière feature on the menu at Maze Grill Mayfair — followed by meats fresh off the grill, from succulent, rare-breed ribeyes to well-marbled Japanese Wagyu. Seafood lovers can look instead to prawns and fish receiving the same smoky treatment; while the London concept is also known for its fresh sushi menu, with a selection ranging from nigiri to the more pedestrian (yet always crowd-pleasing) California roll. Naturally, the menu is complemented by a well-curated range of drinks: Enjoy a pre-dinner tipple at the bar, then explore the diverse wine list offering both New and Old World wines.
With the flagship Maze — which has shown some wear and tear lately after losing its Michelin star in 2015 — aiming to close permanently in January 2019 after a reported mega-loss from Gordon Ramsay’s London-based holding company, the unshakeable chef Ramsay seems to be doubling down on investments farther abroad, with five overseas restaurants currently in the works.
While we can’t expect the hot-headed chef to be running the kitchen anytime soon, Hong Kong’s unfaltering love of celebrity chef openings and shiny overseas concepts means Harbour City is sure to become a hotbed of eager diners come this autumn. Stay tuned as we bring you the latest from the new Ramsay opening.
Maze Grill, 4/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 3-27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong