Gordon Ramsay to open first Japanese restaurant in Mayfair

Gordon Ramsay is to make his first foray into Japanese cuisine, opening a new restaurant in London’s Mayfair.

The restaurant will be named Lucky Cat and will open on the former site of Maze on Grosvenor Square this summer. Maze is set to close this weekend after what it called “14 years of at the forefront of the London restaurant scene”, the restaurant reported a loss of £3.8m last year.

Ramsay’s restaurant group called the new opening: “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.”

Ben Orpwood will become head chef at Ramsay’s new restaurant, leaving Issho in Leeds to join up with Ramsay last January.

Ramsay said: said: “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.”

He added: “In keeping with the authenticity of the concept, the restaurant’s name takes inspiration from Asian culture where the ‘lucky cat’ is a talisman that is believed to attract good luck and fortune.”

A statement released by Ramsay’s restaurant group, read: “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 channelled into every dish.”

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