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Plaudits continue to rain down on Phil Howard’s phenomenal thoroughbred. Quite simply, this is the top-end restaurant against which all others must be measured – from its “impeccable service”, “excellent atmosphere” and “superb wine matching” to an “exceptional tasting menu” and food that is “without doubt the best in London”. Thoughtful touches abound: bespoke tableware for the amuse-bouches; homemade biscuits with the cheese. It’s difficult to resist the “exquisite” signature dishes: the luscious sauté of Scottish langoustine tails with Parmesan gnocchi and potato and truffle emulsion has earned “last supper status”, while lasagne of Dorset crab with shellfish cappuccino and Champagne foam wraps up the freshest flavours in faultless pasta. Regulars trust the kitchen implicitly, and tartare of milk-fed veal with artichoke cream, and roast duck breast with homemade black pudding were for us just as good as the Square classics: stunningly presented and harmoniously flavoured. Readers also rave about “melt-in-the-mouth” foie gras, “delicately cooked” Cornish cod and “intensely bittersweet” chocolate fondant. The corporate-feeling room might not thrill, but “the fact you can comfortably sit and hear each other talk” is much appreciated – as is service performed without fuss by professional staff totally free from formality. In all, “outstanding” on every front.

Wine List of the Year Sommelier's Award Finalist

An incredibly well-put-together list. The Champagne selection is a delight, but the real highlight is Burgundy, with a section divided by different domaines as well as appellations. The margins aren’t the lowest in town, but considering this is a two-star restaurant, they’re not bad. A good place to treat yourself.


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  1. On the last day of my holiday I decided to save the most interesting for last. The Square. I was last here several years ago and left not very impressed to be honest. All my friends have implored me to give it another chance, so I decided that I would try. Maybe they had an off day.

    Off to a good start. What a pretty plate! Not square though and it has lots of circles. With a restaurant with this name, I almost expected a plate in the shape of it’s namesake. Maybe the name “the square” was a reference to “square” meals, I thought. Hmmm....
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Phil Howard

Philip Howard ‘Full-time chef, part-time ski bum’ goes Phil Howard’s Twitter biog – in fact he’s one of the few top chefs you can count on finding in the kitchen most days. Trained as a microbiologist, Howard’s early cheffing career took him to Harveys and Bibendum, before he opened his blue-blooded restaurant and Mayfair institution The Square with Nigel Platts-Martin in 1992. He is also co-proprietor of Kitchen W8, Sonny’s KItchen and The Ledbury.
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Essential Details for The Square

  • Cuisine: French
  • Area: Mayfair Oxford Street
  • Price: £104.00
  • Wine: £32.00
  • Champagne: £60.00
  • Lunch: £30/35 (2/3 set courses); £65/80 (2/3 courses à la carte)
  • Dinner: £80 (3 courses à la carte)

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