A fusion of striking interiors and innovative Asian-inspired cuisine, chef and restaurateur Gordon Ramsay offers a glimpse at what guests can expect at Lucky Cat, which will open in Mayfair this summer.
The Gordon Ramsay restaurant group announced the opening of new venture Lucky Cat last month, following the closure of Maze in 2018.
Devised by Gordon Ramsay and his executive chef Ben Orpwood, the menu will include Asian small plate classics and robata grilled dishes, with each plate designed to be shared.
The menu will feature dishes such as seared otoro with house soy, wakame oil and baby kale; Orkney scallop with yuzu and sweetcorn hot sauce, wasabi leaf and finger lime, in which yuzu is amalgamated with wasabi leaves grown in the restaurant’s kitchen; and a seasonal take on a Chawan Mushi consisting of a savoury steamed custard finished with flavours such as truffle, mushroom or caviar.
Desserts will include a passion fruit and yuzu soufflé with lemongrass and ginger sorbet, and a ‘Yum Baba’ with robata roasted pineapples and coconut Chantilly, offering an Asian take on the classic Rum Baba which has proved popular at many Gordon Ramsay restaurants.
Created by design studio AfroditiKrassa, guests will have the opportunity to feast upon every aspect of the restaurant, with each table offering an intriguing perspective on the restaurant’s design.
The ‘Chef’s Tables’, situated in the centre of the space, will invite guests to choose from a handwritten, seasonal menu and a ‘Raw Bar’ will give guests the opportunity to enjoy sushi and sashimi, with both elements offering a chance to see the chefs at work.
Utilising Asian ingredients to provide a twist on the classic cocktail menu, guests will choose from cocktails such as the White Geisha, a mixture of vodka, saké syrup, yuzu and egg white decorated with the portrait of a Geisha, or the Jade consisting of a mix of green tea infused gin, Sauvignon Blanc syrup, lime juice, egg white, and matcha tea, inspired by the precious stone considered by many to bring good luck to the owner. A Lucky Negroni will be served over hand-carved ice, with the roll of three dice deciding, from a potential 216 combinations, the flavour combination a guest receives from the selection of gins, vermouths and bitters on offer.
Lucky Cat will also have a wide selection of Japanese gins and over forty premium sakés on offer, alongside wine, beer and whisky. A choice of loose-leaf teas, from South East Asia and Vietnam, will also be on available.
Gordon Ramsay said: “Lucky Cat has been a long-time vision for me and I can’t wait to bring it to life. I’ve toured and worked in much of Asia over the years and the culture, the flavours and the incredible cooking never fail to inspire me. We’ve got a great team on the project and we’re ready to bring something really special to London this summer.”