GORDON RAMSAY’S Fish & Chips!
GORDON RAMSAY is the notoriously harsh British chef and television personality who has built a brand around magnificent dishes coupled with his reputation for dropping “F” bombs as harsh criticism to staff and employees. But if you can get past his rough exterior and, what seems to be, never-ending controversy, Ramsay has earned 15 Michelin stars awards, and his restaurants cross the international seas! Ramsay’s restaurants can be found in his native of London, South Africa, Los Angeles, Tokyo, and Dubai!
I stopped into New York City’s London Hotel on West 54th Street (a Whitney Houston favorite), and dined in the Maze by Gordon Ramsay lounge, which offers a more consistent and laid back menu than the adjacent restaurant whose moniker is that of the chef himself.
The cauliflower soup was thin but creamy. Deliciously sweet without being overwhelming, I loved the warmth and velvety taste of the rich puree.
The fish and chips may look like something out of the freezer from the Gorton’s Fisherman, but that’s how you know it was good! The battered fish was deeply breaded, perfectly golden, moist and juicy! Served in a silver pot over a bed of crisp hot french fries, Ramsay’s version of this classic British dish was right on… However, at about $20, two pieces of fish would have been better than one!
The onion rings at Maze by Gordon Ramsay are a side dish of fried goodness! Robust, strong and healthy onion slices are just as deeply breaded as the fish and deliciously cooked to an ideal crispiness that makes for decadent enjoyment with the house made ketchup served as an accompaniment. The ketchup is a bit too sweet for my taste, but opt for Heinz and the rings are as pleasing as sun on your skin!
I love Gordon Ramsay’s flair and his tradition! He’s a chef of the new millennium if I’ve ever known one! His distinct style and edgy appeal translate into his food and meals. And while he is one known for controversy in and outside of the kitchen, it’s those antics that have made him a household name. If you’re lucky enough to visit one of his spots, you’ll find Ramsay’s unorthodox aptitude is just as beguiling in fare as it is on TV.