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19 June 2011 @ 09:52 pm
Maze by Gordan Ramsay  
As both of us aren't much of Hell's Kitchen people, we arrived with no expectations and weren't sure of what the lunch would be like here but the beautiful light lunch we were served was a perfect way to end our stay in Melbourne. Maze located in the new Crown Metropol, was a little hard to find (the only entrance we could find was through the taxi arrivals).

Upon arrival we were served drinks while waiting in the cushy lounges while they readied our table. We opted for the 4 Course lunch for $49 and soon enough we were served complimentary bread with seaweed butter. I couldn't really taste the seaweed but the salty butter was delicious with the bread - now I love my carbs so I always have to stop myself from eating too much bread.
Lunch was off to an amazing start, my Yellow fin tuna tartar was pretty to look at and was light and refreshing. I loved everything about this dish - the tuna was fresh, the radish gave it a crunch and yuzu how I've missed you. Bill's Smoked eel and local green asparagus on a bed of pressed apple was lovely and subtle, I think I'm starting to have a taste for eel now.
The slow cooked octopus was tender and very flavorsome with the chorizo and grilled capcisum but paled in comparison to the “Tête de cochon” which Bill had for his next course. The Tête de cochon was a crispy on the outside and revealed a tender pork terrine inside which matched well with the watermelon it came atop. Both of our 3rd courses were equally amazing. I had the Pan roasted John Dory a beautiful piece of fish, the flesh was soft and flaked at the touch hidden underneath a super crispy skin. It also came with a pumpkin mash which I loved. My favourite dish of the lot though was the Crispy roast pork belly which Bill ordered. The tender pork surrounded by a beautiful dashi broth was the dish of our day. For dessert I couldn't go past the pannacotta and chose the coconut and white chocolate pannacotta with black olive caramel which sounded unusual but I'll give it a try. I really enjoyed eating the pannacotta with the black olive caramel and mango granita and felt the pannacotta was missing something when I finished all the caramel. It also came with a small olive and rosemary friand which I strangely enjoyed - I've only recently started to like olives.  The other dessert choice was the Madagascan chocolate "jaffa" which came with puffed rice YUM!

I loved the light lunch at Maze and were pleasantly surprised by the Japanese influences, which could be why it appealed to my tastes so much. Maze offers an affordable lunch in a relaxed atmosphere, an airy space with high ceilings and a lot of natural light. I'd definitely come back for lunch whenever I'm I happen to be in Melbourne next.  

 

 

 

 
complimentary bread with seaweed butter

 
Yellow fin tuna tartar
white radish, yuzu. enoki mushrooms, black garlic


 
Smoked eel and local green asparagus
orange and miso, pressed apple, crispy shallot

 
“Tête de cochon”
watermelon, kohlrabi and crispy pigs ear

 
Slow cooked octopus
chorizo, grilled capsicum, nasturtiums

 
Pan-roasted John Dory
pumpkin, piquillo pepper, spiced red wine


 
Crispy roast pork belly
calvalo nero, soybeans, dashi


 
Madagascan chocolate "jaffa"
bayleaf sherbet, mandarin marmalade, black rice

NOT AN EGG - ITS THE SHERBET

 
Coconut and white chocolate pannacotta
mango and black olive caramel


 
 

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Sugarpuffisugarpuffi on June 19th, 2011 03:32 pm (UTC)
im quite skeptical about going to gordon's restaurant cause i think its all hyped up but the food looks so delicious! 4 courses for $49 isnt bad either
oh_ayanaoh_ayana on June 20th, 2011 03:18 am (UTC)
Yep same here. Since it was by Gordan Ramsay we had no idea what to expect! But it was really good!

I've had friends go to dinner and had the tasting menu - they loved it too.
simonleongsimonleong on June 20th, 2011 06:25 am (UTC)
yum
looks a-MAZE-ing ;-)
oh_ayanaoh_ayana on June 20th, 2011 12:05 pm (UTC)
Re: yum
It was! Love the word play ;)
Richard HuangRichard Huang on June 21st, 2011 04:13 am (UTC)
Maze was easily one of the better places I tried in Melbourne. The whole experience was awesome as well as their food. I loved their stecca bread mmmmm I think I ended up eating at least 3 portions of it haha
oh_ayanaoh_ayana on July 1st, 2011 11:32 am (UTC)
Same! I wasn't expecting to like it so much but I did!
Betty Phambabydoll20 on July 19th, 2011 03:08 am (UTC)
i went to maze at the start of the yr and had a few of the same things that you did too :) it was delicious! great photos :)
oh_ayanaoh_ayana on July 20th, 2011 12:33 am (UTC)
Oh I really enjoyed the Japanese influences of the dishes!

Thank you!
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