Dinner @ Maze, by Gordon Ramsay, One&Only Hotel, Cape Town

Just got back from dinner at Maze.  Was on my list for quite some time. Had tried Nobu already last year which was outstanding and now me and my friend, Paul, from Holland ended up in the One&Only before he had to get back onto the plane to Hollland.

I must say, when walking into the One&Only you’re really feeling that you’re entering a great place. I love the bar area (anyone a bottle of Bling, still water for about  ZAR 1000??). And also Maze is beautifully set up, especially the massive wine wall. The restaurant staff was all very friendly and knowlegdeable and I liked the way they were upselling in a very subtle way. I’m very sensitive to this and normally don’t like it but here it’s done with so much charm so ok, just bring it on! We both started off with the carpaccio.  The carpaccio looked great and tasted fantastic BUT I think there was way too much garnish (cucumber) on the plate.  Actually more garnish than carpaccio which should be the other way around. For main courses  we ordered the chicken and the kingklip bouillabaisse with risotto, spinach and prawns.  I was super pleased they didn’t have mussels and  gave me prawns instead. My friend was a bit in a rush and the service was very efficient. Unfortunately, the main courses were not really hot so Paul gave his back but I didn’t feel like doing that. Within 7 minutes Paul got a new portion and all was delicious.  I liked the little cards that were given when you order a glass of wine and the knowledge of what seemed to me like a sommelier was incredible. Coffee was served with some delicious sweets and off we went! Just another ….day in Africa!!

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