After much anticipation, Gordon Ramsay Restaurants have announced they will be opening a new restaurant this summer named Lucky Cat, inspired by the drinking dens of 1930s Tokyo.
Located in London’s Grosvenor Square, Lucky Cat is being described as an “Asian Eating House and vibrant late-night lounge”, with a name taken from Asian culture, believed to be a symbol of good luck and fortune. Heading up the chef line-up alongside mentor Gordon Ramsay will be Executive Chef Ben Orpwood, who has extensive experience in the realm of high-end Asian cuisine, having previously worked at both glitzy Sexy Fish and Knightsbridge hotspot Zuma. Design studio AfroditiKrassa, who have worked on the likes of Dishoom, are behind the restaurant’s concept and interiors, which take diners on an experiential journey from the moment they arrive.
Lucky Cat will replace Maze, the much-loved Gordon Ramsay restaurant which closed on 2 February after 14 years in business. Opened in 2005, the Mayfair restaurant held a Michelin star between 2006 and 2015 under the stewardship of Jason Atherton, who was executive chef there until 2010.
Speaking about his new venture, Ramsay says: “I can’t wait to open the doors at Lucky Cat and bring a new flavour of Asian food and culture to Mayfair. I can honestly say there will not be a bad seat in the house – every table will have a unique view and each guest will come away having experienced something sensational –whether it be the phenomenal menu, the amazing service or the stunning look and feel. maze leaves large shoes for us to fill, but I have no doubt Lucky Cat will more than step up to the plate.’
Ramsay opened his three Michelin-starred flagship, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, in Chelsea 21 years ago. Since then he has opened a string of top London dining spots including Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s in 2001, the Savoy Grill at the Strand in 2002, and Bread Street Kitchen in 2011, as well as a number of restaurants abroad. He now owns 15 UK restaurants, and 23 around the world.
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