Lucky Cat by Gordon Ramsay
Lucky Cat by Gordon Ramsay
Lucky Cat by Gordon Ramsay
Lucky Cat by Gordon Ramsay
Lucky Cat by Gordon Ramsay
Lucky Cat by Gordon Ramsay
Lucky Cat by Gordon Ramsay
Lucky Cat by Gordon Ramsay
Lucky Cat by Gordon Ramsay
Lucky Cat by Gordon Ramsay
Lucky Cat by Gordon Ramsay
Lucky Cat by Gordon Ramsay
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Lucky Cat is Gordon Ramsay’s first new London restaurant since Heddon Street Kitchen in 2014 – but it’s a completely different animal. Where Heddon Street is approachable and family-friendly, Lucky Cat is sleekly groomed and nightclubby, with a huge bar area overlooked by a wall of waving cats and an even bigger dining room stretching out behind.

Aside from the location within the Marriott (with its own entrance on Grosvenor Square), there’s little here that resembles what used to be Maze – not least a fully open kitchen where groups can book a pair of chef’s tables in the thick of things and a counter overlooks the chef action. Ramsay has always known how to entertain.

The interiors are meant to evoke the drinking dens of 1930s Tokyo, though compared to the bright lights of the kitchen, the main dining area is so dark it’s hard to make anything out among the inky furnishings. A throbbing soundtrack of dance beats, meanwhile, is so insistent it precludes any sort of serious conversation.

If anything, the vibe is more early noughties than 1930s, a mood underlined by the sort of melting-pot menu popularised by Zuma and Nobu 20 years ago. The pan-Asian cooking is high on protein (sushi and skewers), low on carbs (sashimi and salads) and with nothing scary sounding – salt-and-pepper prawns, short-rib bao and aubergine with miso are among the crowd-pleasers.

Our overall impression, unfortunately, was of good ingredients cooked with skill then spoilt by being paired with overly assertive sauces that undid the good work.

Octopus with sweetcorn and shisho was the best thing we ate, the tentacles nicely charred on the outside, the flesh within creamy and sticky. Burmese crab masala was just as good, the heat tempered by slices of raw coconut, with a pair of roti on the side for mopping up the sauce.

Black cod and scallops were both delicious in themselves, but neither the cod’s miso sauce nor the sweetcorn and yuzu hot sauce with the scallops brought anything to the table.

Snail and watercress dumplings, meanwhile, had elegantly pleated wontons wrapped around an indefinable filling redolent of the bottom of the garden, while a healthy-sounding side order of wok-fried greens was seasoned with enough salt to send blood pressure skyrocketing.

And that’s before the bill arrives. Prawn toast for £8 was four weeny chunks of stubby fried bread, stuffed with prawns and blobbed with sesame kimchi, that could have been skewered on a cocktail stick and served as a canapé; nor could any of the other sharing plates be described as a generous portion. The wine list has little of interest below £50, while you’ll be pointed way above that if you ask the sommeliers for advice.

Service, meanwhile, was all over the place. We were leapt on as soon as we sat down, but it was ages before anyone took our order and what then arrived wasn’t what we’d asked for; perhaps the iPad ordering devices had malfunctioned.

Ramsay himself was seated on a nearby table and looked like he was having a blast – as did most of the dressed-up diners here, many of whom we’d guess were guests from nearby hotels thrilled to be eating the food of the man who remains Britain’s most famous chef.

About Lucky Cat by Gordon Ramsay

This Asian eating house is the brainchild of TV chef Gordon Ramsay, and replaces his much-loved Maze Mayfair, which operated for 14 years. 

Inspired by the drinking dens of 1930s Tokyo, Lucky Cat is led by executive chef Ben Orpwood, who has previous experience at the likes of glamorous Sexy Fish and long-standing Japanese concept Zuma.   

Lucky Cat’s interiors are the work of design studio AfroditiKrassa, who boast the likes of popular Indian group Dishoom in their portfolio. Food wise, you can expect to dine from a menu of Asian-style small plates and dishes from a robata grill. Chow down on dishes such as seared otoro with house soy, wakame oil and baby kale, as well as Orkney scallop with yuzu and sweetcorn hot sauce, wasabi leaf and lime.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
Pan-Asian
Ambience
Dark and moody, Glamorous, Lively
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Chef’s table, Counter dining, Vegetarian options
People
Celebrations, Group dining [8+], Special occasions

Special offers from Lucky Cat by Gordon Ramsay

Early dinner menu £36

From: 1 October, 2019
To: 17 November, 2019
Max: 6
Enjoy 3 courses from a seasonal set early dinner menu with glass of sommelier selected wine and a pot of loose-leaf tea.
Availability: Sun 4:00PM-7:00PM,Mon-Fri 5:30PM-7:00PM,Sat 4:00PM-7:00PM

Lucky Cat brunch: £48

From: 6 October, 2019
To: 31 March, 2020
Max: 6
...from a set menu. A selection of sharing dishes, sushi platter and dessert platter for £48
Availability: Sun 11:30AM-4:00PM

Location for Lucky Cat by Gordon Ramsay

10 Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, London, W1K 6JP

020 7107 0000

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Opening Times

Lunch
Mon 12:00-14:30
Tue 12:00-14:30
Wed 12:00-14:30
Thu 12:00-14:30
Fri 12:00-14:30
Sat 12:00-14:30
Sun 12:00-14:30
Dinner
Mon 17:30-22:30
Tue 17:30-22:30
Wed 17:30-22:30
Thu 17:30-22:30
Fri 17:30-22:30
Sat 17:30-22:30
Sun Closed

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Anon

Stunning Food and Service
07 November 2019   - Verified Diner

Absolutely delicious, pork gyoza, snail dumpling, venison dish, monkfish and bacon skewer, pork and mustard skewer and prawns a dream. We will be back! Service was friendly, attentive and personable - Good energy all around, Thank you!

 

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Mr. Massimiliano M

Lucky cat experience
23 September 2019  

I have tried Lucky cat last week on a Thursday evening

The place was quite full 

The service has been very professional and few dishes really interesting, Good wine selection, so what is wrong about this place.

It lacks of personality, it is really noisy, and tables are relly close, quite dark but not in a way that becomes intriguing or creates some interest

The guest were mixed: families with kids, couples, group of business people... so what kind of place you are going to?

Not clear in a way and this will impact the crowd of people.

In the reservation I have been asking for some attention of the end of the meal for a cake...but it was completly forgotten

You don’t feel like a special customer but as one of many and the feeling is that you could go into another place and have the same experience

I believe it should change this soon or this place will indeed make money but not mine

 

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