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The Square three stars

6-10 Bruton Street, London W1J 6PU

£104.00 French Mayfair, Oxford Street

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  • 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)
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 12N-2.45pm Mon-Sun 6.30-10pm (Fri-Sat -10.30pm Sun -9.30pm)

Square Meal Review of The Square ?

Phil Howard’s two-Michelin-starred Mayfair paragon is still supremely consistent and ‘unspeakably good’: a rare achievement for a restaurant that’s been in the game for 23 years. Haute cuisine that keeps pace with the times is one reason for The Square’s longevity, but it’s the simple fact that the cooking is always so enjoyable – both ‘sophisticated and flavoursome’ – that has kept Howard in the front-rank of London chefs. We’ve never had a meal here that hasn’t hit the sublime: from a starter of langoustine tails with Parmesan gnocchi, through roast veal sweetbreads with calf’s tail ravioli, to milk chocolate pudding with salted peanuts, praline and banana, there’s not one dud dish on the menu. First-timers should order the legendary crab lasagne with a cappuccino of shellfish, while repeat visitors can sit back safe in the knowledge that from the first amuse-bouche to the final petit-four, they’re in for an exquisite treat, backed by a huge, authoritative wine list. It might not be fashionable – the large, well-spaced tables and abstract art canvases feel anonymously corporate – but staff have personality in abundance, and ultimately it’s the food that does the talking.

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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. The Square

    6-10 Bruton Street, London W1J 6PU
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    Foodess

    Unspeakably Good

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    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 9
    • Atmosphere: 6
    • Value: 6

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    6-10 Bruton Street, London W1J 6PU
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    Gourmand Gunno

    Good, but not excellent

      Gold Reviewer  (100)
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 6
    • Atmosphere: 6
    • Value: 9

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  3. The Square

    6-10 Bruton Street, London W1J 6PU
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    London Gourmet
      Platinum Reviewer  (101)

     
    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 7

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  4. The Square

    6-10 Bruton Street, London W1J 6PU
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    Krystle L.
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    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 5
    • Atmosphere: 6
    • Value: 6

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    6-10 Bruton Street, London W1J 6PU
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    Peter L.
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    0 of 4 people found this review helpful.

     
    • Food & Drink: 4
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 4

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    6-10 Bruton Street, London W1J 6PU
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    Andrew D.
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    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 9
    • Value: 9

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  7. The Square

    6-10 Bruton Street, London W1J 6PU
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    Anna W.
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    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 10
    • Value: 10

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    Lisa R.
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    0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

     
    • Food & Drink: 5
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 6
    • Value: 2

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    6-10 Bruton Street, London W1J 6PU
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    Someone who loves their food
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    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 10
    • Value: 10

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    6-10 Bruton Street, London W1J 6PU
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    Chris70
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    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 5
    • Atmosphere: 6
    • Value: 7

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  1. The Square headed by Phillip Howard has been serving up a fine dining experience for over 20 years in London’s Bruton Street. Bearing two Michelin stars the restaurant unquestionably provides well-presented and commendable cuisine in one sense, indeed it has a barrel load of critical acclaim, but it’s a trifle boring. Howard is also co-owner of The Ledbury, the critics favourite and Kitchen W8, other Michelin starred establishments. He has also worked under Albert Roux OBE at the Roux Restaurant Groups and graced the kitchen at Marco Pierre White at Harvey’s. Howard is renowned for his elegant classical French cooking and has so many awards he probably doesn’t know what to do with them...
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  2. Published : Monday, 16th September 2013

    Saying it straight :: The Square. It is, a bit.

    You know that there is something wrong with your life when you can’t get excited about going to a restaurant with 2 Michelin stars. Or at least there is something wrong with my life. But you know that by now. And the truth is that every time I decide to go to The Square, I keep thinking that this will be the time when I get it, this will be the time when it speaks to me and this will with the time when I understand why people get so excited about it...
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  3. Last Friday really knocked me for six. The CG got some very unexpected news, and we had to make a really tough decision to cancel a significant trip this year as a result. Luckily, the CG was still his usual resolutely upbeat self in the face of adversity, so I told him how proud I was of him, and headed to dinner at The Square with the usual suspects. (Don't judge me. It was booked a long time in advance.) We opted for the tasting menu. 9 courses and 8 wines later, I was certainly glad we had...
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  4. Published : Wednesday, 26th December 2012

    SamTheFoodFan :: The Square

    It's Christmas time and Christmas is a time for indulgence. For me, that means only one thing. Food. It's been a pretty tough year for me in lots of ways, so TBH has really pushed the boat out and decided to take me to the number one restaurant on my bucket list. The Square. Phillip Howard has been at the helm of The Square for twenty years and while many of his contemporaries have moved into the role of celebrity TV chef, Phil has steadfastly remained in the kitchen. It is only this year that he has made an appearance on The Great British Menu, won the London region of the competition, and released his first cook book. (Aptly named The Square by Phil Howard) The restaurant has won a whole host of awards including 2 Michelin stars, which I think is largely due to the fact that Phil Howard is a constant presence and has a vested interest in how his restaurant is run...
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  5. Published : Monday, 3rd December 2012

    edge and spoon :: The Square

    I don’t like Mondays just as much as the Boomtown Rats. Nor does the restaurant industry. Everyone’s back to work, the markets are closed, and no one goes out to eat. Indeed, the best places are often shut at the beginning of the week. Not, however, The Square. I’d read praise for it as having “flawless” service, serving up “sophisticated” food, with Phillip Howard‘s restaurant being “the best of its type”. An excellent reputation demands high expectations. On the Monday I went, I experienced nothing to such acclaim. I have to ask: Where was our fantastic meal that everybody else is having?...
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Philip Howard

The Square’s Chef - The Square chef Philip Howard A hugely respected figure on the London restaurant scene & a true chef's chef, Philip Howard has been virtually ever-present in the kitchen of his two-Michelin-starred restaurant The Square since it opened back in 1991. As well as his two stars (awarded in 1998), he boasts two BMW Square Meal Restaurant of the Year Awards among his many accolades. After studying biochemistry at university, he signed up for an apprenticeship at Roux Restaurants before working with renowned chefs such as Marco Pierre White & Simon Hopkinson. The Square began life in St James' but relocated to Mayfair in 1996, with Howard's classy, seasonal French cuisine winning admirers from the very start.
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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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