Heddon Street Kitchen

Heddon Street Kitchen is a popular restaurant in the Gordon Ramsay empire. Ideally located, just off Regent’s Street, the venue is popular with those working in the area and tourists passing by. The restaurant was packed when I visited on a weekday lunchtime, we sat on the terrace outside, the perfect spot for people watching!

Heddon Street Kitchen

HSK can cater for every occasion, inside there are booths for date nights and larger tables for group gatherings… for a special meal opt for the chef’s table to enjoy the theatrics of the kitchen or the private dining room upstairs for something more intimate.

Heddon Street Kitchen cocktails

Despite the cold weather we ordered a couple of the sparkling aperitifs. A bright and vibrant Aperol spritz and a subtle floral rose spritz. Both were served ice cold, a lovely refresher before the meal commenced. For those only visiting HSK for a drink there is a menu of tempting snacks, which are much more substantial than you might assume. I recommend the Ham and egg croquettes and the flatbreads, great accompaniment with a glass of wine or cocktail.

Heddon Street Kitchen

The menu is packed full of tempting comfort food recipes, from Fish and chips to Macaroni cheese. The portion sizes are generous, so pick wisely, or visit with a greedy guest! Chicken paillard with garlic and chorizo was a lovely summer dish, an ultra thin piece of chicken breast topped with salty chorizo and a dressing made with the oil. My date ordered the decadent HSK short rib burger, a juicy patty of meat with oozing cheese, thick sliced gherkin and crispy bacon.

Heddon Street KitchenHeddon Street Kitchen

I’d been careful to save space for the main event of the meal, dessert at the HSK ice-cream bar! The chef took us up to create our puddings, where we joined a few kids, who seemed less excited than me. Choose from soft serve in chocolate cones or custom made ice-lollies and then add as many sauces, sweets and toppings as you like. We opted for the salt & vinegar and mandarin ice-lollies, the flavours of the week. Salt and vinegar was dipped in smooth dark chocolate, and for the mandarin I coated it in soft meringue and fruit sprinkles. Both were delicious, but I highly recommend trying the salt & vinegar, definitely not your average mini milk.

More information and book a table at Heddon Street Kitchen here.

Maze Grill, Royal Hospital Road

The Gordon Ramsay group is expanding at speed, with his eateries popping up all over London. Last week I was invited to sample the menu at the new Chelsea branch of Maze Grill, arguably Ramsay’s most successful casual brand. Located on Royal Hospital Road it is the neighbour of his renowned 3 star establishment down the road.

The restaurant feels boutique-y, but with a cosy ground floor area there is enough space for a decent number of covers. I was sat, along with a few select food bloggers, at an upstairs table. We discussed recent food discoveries and inspiring travels whilst enjoying a glass of fizz.

With Maze Grill, Ramsay hopes to emulate the offering and atmosphere of the American sushi and steak houses. The menu focuses on these cuisines, with a few other tempting dishes for vegetarians. An impressive plate of sushi arrived for us to pick at, and the vibrancy of the colours indicated just how fresh the food was. It looked beautiful. We also enjoyed a few of the sharing starters, addictive Sweet Potato chips with Mexican-inspired smashed avocados and spicy crunchy Buffalo chicken fillets with chilli and lime.

For main course, an array of decadent dishes arrived. The star of the show was the wooden platter of steak which I strategically ensured I was close to. We tried the USDA Prime Sirloin (£3.40/oz) and the special but expensive Wagyu triple seared fillet (£14.50/oz). Despite the wow factor of the wagyu I preferred the flavour and texture of the American sirloin which was cooked to perfection with a lovely charcoal hint to the crispy edge. I’ve never seen steak served with lime, but it was a nice citrus addition to the dish. Every variety of sauce is available, usually peppercorn would be my preference but at Maze Grill I thought the (alarmingly orange) hot sauce or béarnaise were the tastiest. It was strange to not have fries with the steak, but my gluttonous streak was satisfied with the rich Mac & cheese and huge puffy onion rings.

Delicious wine from Washington accompanied the starter and then we moved on to a hearty red with the steak. The service was quietly attentive for the duration of the meal. Staff stayed out of the way as we arranged the plates and photographed everything… a group of food bloggers are not the easiest people to serve!

Indulgent desserts soon covered the table, a blur of sugary treats. The highlight was the ‘Monkey bread’ a soft cinnamon flavoured bread, that sunk invitingly as I dunked my spoon in. Topped with caramelised pecans, sticky caramel sauce and melting vanilla ice-cream, it was not dissimilar to a luxury version of my brunch favourite, French toast.

We left Maze Grill a few pounds heavier, but happy and content after the sushi and steak banquet. I’m not sure how much input Ramsay has in his ever-growing chain of restaurants, but either way they seem to be enjoying continuing success, with or without him at the helm.

More information and book a table at Maze Grill Chelsea here.

Gordon’s new Bread Street by Royal Doulton tableware collection

At 8.30 am on Wednesday 10th July Bread Street Kitchen was rather more busy and buzzing than usual. This was, of course, because the restaurant’s star chef owner Gordon Ramsay was attending to introduce and celebrate the launch of his new Bread Street by Royal Doulton tableware collection.

I enjoyed the ricotta hot cakes with strawberries and honeycomb ice-cream with a strong flat white and fresh orange juice. All served from the simple, subtle, but quite lovely range. Made in versatile slate grey and off white, this collection reminded me of lunches by the seaside in Cornwall. Gordon was great too, genuinely enthused about the product, recommending us all to send back our single gifted cup in exchange for the whole collection!

Available soon in shops this affordable and pretty range of classic tableware is the perfect present. I’d love to have the whole collection as staples in my home.

See the whole range here.