Gordon Ramsay is in town this week and has announced he will be opening a second Bread Street Kitchen in the new year, this time on Victoria Peak. The British chef closed his inaugural Bread Street Kitchen eatery in Lan Kwai Fong earlier this year citing building refurbishment issues.
Ramsay made the announcement during the official press launch of his maze Grill restaurant in Ocean Terminal, Tsim Sha Tsui. This is Ramsay’s third partnership with Hong Kong’s Dining Concepts restaurant group and the first time the steakhouse has opened outside of London. Ramsay currently manages three maze Grills in the British capital.
He described the restaurant as a “modern, family-oriented steakhouse with a huge Asian influence in one of Hong Kong’s best locations.” The venue cannot be faulted for wow factor, with a large outdoor patio boasting views over the harbour and to Hong Kong Island. It occupies a corner space in the new Ocean Terminal glasshouse extension and there doesn’t appear to be a ‘dud’ table in the space – even the bathroom has a view.
“Aesthetics are crucial to the success of a restaurant,” said Ramsay at the launch. “I’m a big stickler for lighting – I’ve taken my wife to venues where the overly bright lighting has totally killed the vibe. Equally, a space should enable service to be unobtrusive.”
Asked how he hopes to prevent maze becoming little more than a ‘concept’ restaurant while he is based in London, Ramsay admitted that it was all down to good infrastructure, with staff shuttling back and forth. “Look, we’re not a fine dining place and we’re not aiming for three Michelin stars. I make sure I’m up-to-date with how my venues are performing via social media. I read all the negative comments because that’s how you improve. I love how social media keeps chefs like me accountable. Long may food bloggers continue.” The space is to be helmed by head chef Gareth Packham, who has worked with the Gordon Ramsay Group for over seven years.
The menu features Ramsay’s signature dish, Beef Wellington, plus charcoal-grilled steaks, rare breed cuts, fish and poultry dishes, as well as a number of options exclusive to maze Grill Hong Kong.
The restaurant is located in the glasshouse extension of Ocean Terminal, Lvl 4, Ocean Terminal Deck, dining concepts.com.