James wanted to catch the Michael Jackson musical Thriller on the Saturday that we arrived, and as an avid Chelsea supporter, he persuaded me to come along to the Chelsea football club tour at Stamford Bridge in Fulham on the Sunday. I can't even begin to tell you how lost I felt!
Nonetheless, I chose to splash out and wine and dine him at Gordon Ramsay's steak restaurant, Maze Grill on the Saturday evening. As he loves anything and everything to do with Ramsay, plus can happily a devour a steak any day of the week, it seemed like a match made in heaven.
Having visited five years previously (!) for my Dad's birthday, I knew how much of a treat he was in for. Keeping the reservation secret for approximately 3-4 months was hard! However the look on his face when I told him the surprise and when we stepped into the restaurant was well worth the wait.
Situated in Grosvenor Square, Maze is the sort of place you can picture the rich and famous strolling into unannounced and the staff clearing space to fit them in. However if you don't fit that description, book well in advance as we turned up (having booked months in advance) at 8.30pm to see the restaurant packed. Once your reservation begins, you have two hours and then you're out of there.
Having gazed over the menu, struggling to choose from the lavish selection that Maze had to offer we eventually settled on two medium-rare Aberdeen Angus sirloins.
To whet our appetite we also chose the antipasti platter to share, with a delectable selection of smokey and sweet meats, fresh mozzarella and sundered tomatoes and olives (which James pinched most of - olive thief).
Then came the main event - the steaks
Arriving on a wooden board with half a bulb of garlic alongside, the steaks glistened at us "tuck in!". Licking my lips and squeezing over a clove of garlic all over the steak, taking my first bite was like heaven. It was melt in the mouth steak and James and I both mumbled at each other "bessteakevermmm". Juicy, tender, smokey and bursting with flavour it was incredible.
Bedazzled with fruity, soft swirls, fresh, crunchy meringue and juicy pieces of strawberry was a dense, nutty yet gooey brownie with a white chocolate 'Happy Birthday' message. I still don't quite know where James put all f that after our dinner...
Neither of us could be happier with our meal at Maze Grill, we would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a fabulous steak experience.