Hardens guide brands them overpriced and disappointing
Several Gordon Ramsay restaurants found themselves listed among the most ‘overpriced’ and ‘disappointing’ today in a respected dining guide, bringing more dark clouds for the celebrity chef, who has had a turbulent year.
But the new edition of Harden’s London Restaurants, which is based on thousands of reports by more than 8,000 customers, did offer one glimmer of hope for a Ramsay recovery, with his Italian-influenced Murano in Mayfair being named as the capital’s best new restaurant.
Murano’s chef, Angela Hartnett, was praised by the latest Harden’s guide for ‘simple Italian dishes, beautifully executed’.
Other findings in the 2010 guide were, however, far less palatable for Ramsay, whose international empire has suffered plummeting profits and unwanted headlines earlier this year about his restaurants serving up centrally prepared ‘reheated meals’.
Meanwhile, four Ramsay restaurants – the Chelsea restaurant; Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s; The Warrington pub in Maida Vale; and Maze in Mayfair – were among the top 10 most disappointing for cooking.
Adding insult to injury, Ramsay‘s former protege Marcus Wareing‘s restaurant at the Berkeley in London retained the top slot as London’s best top-end restaurant. For that ranking, it receives the ultimate accolade – the Rémy Martin XO Excellence Award.
But Harden’s guide co-editor Peter Harden said: ‘Angela Hartnett is to be congratulated, and Murano’s success shows the Ramsay group still has what it takes.’