maze is known for its prime location in the heart of Mayfair, making it the perfect venue for every type of event, from weddings through to birthday celebrations. We sat down with Executive Chef Ben Orpwood to get his tips & tricks on all things event planning…
WHAT MAKES ASIAN FUSION THE PERFECT CUISINE FOR AN EVENT?
It’s a cuisine that boasts many exquisite flavours and therefore is an impressive menu selection for your guests. Citrus flavours combined with fish sauces and fresh herbs create a strong aromatic component, as well as a delicious menu.
WHAT IS ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR DISHES AT MAZE AND WHY?
The miso glazed lamb cutlets are one of the most popular! They’re served with pickled cucumber and smoked eggplant, and people are usually so surprised at how well the flavours go together. We use dry aged lamb, and ensure all our cuts are very fresh and light so that it’s packed with lots of flavour and a light texture. View the full maze menu here.
WHAT IS YOUR RECOMMENDATION FOR A DELICIOUS DESSERT GUESTS ARE BOUND TO ENJOY?
The Santa Andagi cinnamon doughnuts from the South Island of Japan are simply delicious. The recipe is iconic, due to its history as they were developed by a Japanese man who was inspired from the American troops after the war.
WHAT IS THE MOST AMOUNT OF PEOPLE YOU AND THE TEAM HAVE COOKED FOR AT ONCE?
We’re lucky enough to have amazing chefs here in the kitchen at maze and a large venue which can host up to 150 guests. It can definitely be hard work but always very rewarding when our guests are enjoying the food and enjoying themselves.
ARE THERE ANY SECRETS ON HOW TO HOST THE PERFECT EVENT?
Whether you’re hosting an event at home or planning one with us, be sure to offer your guests an array of different dishes. Combining different ingredients, flavours & textures to make up different dishes always goes down a treat.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE DISH TO COOK FOR WHEN THE FRIENDS AND FAMILY ARE OVER?
I personally always opt for fish. My friends don’t usually order it when they’re out, so it’s a great way for me to introduce them to some amazing produce that’s cooked to perfection. I think it’s safe to say they like the surprise, I hope!
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