Gordon Ramsay’s new Mayfair restaurant, Lucky Cat, will open this summer, specialising in Asian small plates and robata grilled dishes designed to be shared.
The menu, by Gordon Ramsay and executive chef Ben Orpwood, will feature dishes such as seared otoro with house soy, wakame oil and baby kale; Orkney scallop, yuzu and sweetcorn hot sauce, wasabi leaf and finger lime; as well as a seasonal take on chawanmushi, a savoury custard steamed and finished with flavours such as truffle, mushrooms or caviar. Desserts will include a passion fruit and yuzu soufflé with a lemongrass and ginger sorbet.
The restaurant, described as a “vibrant Asian eating house and late-night lounge”, will incorporate a raw bar serving sushi and sashimi.
Ramsay said: “Lucky Cat has been a long-time vision for me and I can’t wait to bring it to life. I’ve toured and worked in much of Asia over the years and the culture, the flavours and the incredible cooking, never fail to inspire me. We’ve got a great team on the project and we’re ready to bring something really special to London this summer.”
Lucky Cat is inspired by the drinking dens of 1930s Tokyo and the Far East. Its name takes its inspiration from Asian culture where the ‘lucky’ cat is a talisman believe to bring good fortune.
Cocktails will put an Asian spin on classics, such as the Geisha, a mixture of vodka, sake syrup, yuzu and egg white with a portrait of a Geisha on top; and the lucky negroni, served over hand-carved ice with the mix of gins, vermouths and bitters determined by the rolling of three dice.
A selection of Japanese gins and more than 40 premium sakes will also be on offer alongside wine, beer and whisky.