The Square 333

6-10 Bruton Street , London, W1J 6PU

020 7495 7100

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29 reviews

105 French Mayfair Oxford Street

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SquareMeal Review of The Square

SquareMeal award hall of fame 1999-2018 logo badge18 months after he bought The Square from chef Philip Howard and restaurateur Nigel Platts-Martin, Marlon Abela has put his own stamp on the famous Mayfair restaurant, re-opening it following a refurb and with a new chef. Clément Leroy has spent time in the kitchens of French legends such as Guy Savoy in Paris and has presumably been tasked with winning back the second Michelin star that evaporated when Howard left. Abela has said that The Square is “a modern take on haute cuisine”, which means that butter and cream are out and umami and a light touch are in over a four course à la carte (£95) or seven-course tasting menu (£110). Thus smoked Lincolnshire eel comes with caviar, potato and watercress (superbly subtle), red mullet is treated to a delicate Asian twist with aubergine, shiitake and Sarawak pepper, saddle of lamb gets its seasoning from razor clams and seaweed butter, while the flavour of salt-baked pineapple is amplified by salted butter ice-cream. This is top-flight cooking, to be sure, underscored by a deeply impressive Franco-Italian wine list that extends to almost 2,000 bins – but there was a sense of fun lacking on our visit; as at The Square of old, this sombrely furnished space remains a restaurant better tailored to a suited clientele on expenses than food-loving diners with personal accounts.


Former 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. A good place to treat yourself.


The Square is recommended for

Formal | Quiet Conversation | Widely Spaced Tables | Special Occasions Under 40S | One Michelin Star

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Green Park Tube Station 525m

Bond Street Tube Station 558m

Address

Address: 6-10 Bruton Street , London W1J 6PU

Area: Mayfair Oxford Street

Opening times

Mon-Sat 12N-2.30pm 6.30-10pm (Fri -10.30pm Sat- 6-10.30pm)

Nearby Landmarks

Medici Gallery 64m

Sotheby's 138m

Details

Telephone: 020 7495 7100

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Cuisine: French

Lunch: £40/65 (3/6 courses)

Dinner: £105 (4 courses)

Private Dining: 18

7.9

Food & Drink: 8.2

Service: 7.9

Atmosphere: 7.2

Value: 7.2

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

adrain g. 21 April 2015

excellent lunch menu. Langoustine salad had some wonderful surprise flavours and generous as well. Guinea fowl 3 ways delicious with strong umami taste to the sauce and fabulous mashed potato and green sauce. Pudding and cheese both ok and good coffee. Three of the cheaper white wines were not available but the rustic french red was greatly enjoyed. Will be going yet again

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 4.0

Paul A. platinum reviewer 19 January 2015

The main surprise here was that the restaurant was far from full, which is apparently the norm in January after the end of year rush, and yet another surprise was that the six-course lunch tasting menu was such a reasonable price, so we happily opted for that as we had sufficient time before our next engagement. The wine flight would certainly have been over the top, so we chose a half bottle of an excellent Condrieu to accompany the first three courses and a glass of brilliant Brunello to go with the main course and the cheese. We liked: the amuse-bouche of chicken consommé with its super pickled walnut jelly, crunchy fried onion and butternut squash purée; the flaked salt-cured cod which combined beautifully with a bright red juniper sauce, raw chestnut, chestnut cream, fresh leek hearts and heritage potato; the slow-cooked (waterbath) duck egg and its Speck crumble, "melted onions", chanterelles, and the nice touch of some Poilâne toast as a soldier for dipping; the flame-grilled mackerel, as superb as we expected and enhanced with an excellent vegetable mixture, beach herbs, chives and delicious mussels; the ox cheek main course which deserves Oscar status, slow-cooked overnight in veal stock, chicken stock, beef stock and vegetable stock and then glazed with a fabulous reduction of the stock to yield a texture to match the deep, rich flavour, contrasted with the baby shallots and turnips and the perfect potato mousseline; the generous and classy cheese plate, often a supplement elsewhere, made up of Stilton, Waterloo, excellent Comté and Monrachet goat's cheese and some hazel nut toast, light oat cake and raisin bread to help it down; the surprising dessert of good, light clementine and camomile fool cleverly accompanied with wild thyme and a touch of olive all amazingly perfectly in balance and well served by the tiny macarons and tasty tuile; the chocolate rock and caramel marshmallow with the very good coffee. We were not so keen on: there were, however, two fairly minor niggles, namely that, even with our preference for not being rushed, we found the initial tempo to be dragging on, and not all the staff managed to impress and it was noticeable that some did not last the whole lunchtime shift. Nonetheless, this was a seriously good dining experience which echoed our view of our previous meal at The Square.

Food & Drink: 2.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 2.0

Debra W. 17 August 2014

Disappointing. While the food was pleasant, and service was excellent (once they bothered to notice me), pleasant should not be the standard for a restaurant which charges 50 pounds for two courses and a single glass of wine (at lunch).

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

Foodess platinum reviewer 22 November 2013

No wonder the signature dish is crab lasagne which I didn't know until I read the overview here today. I may have to be boring and order this again when I feel we can splash-out to dine once more. It deserves 2* for the meticulously, unspeakably good cooking. Expensive, great quality ingredients are served in fairly generous portions, but then they should be. The antithesis of Tom Kerridge's 2* pub, but I'd save my money for Phil Howard's sophisticated and flavoursome dishes. The restaurant seems geared for a ‘formal’ dining experience, but were we to dine at peak period, then the place may buzz.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 4.0

Gourmand Gunno platinum reviewer 24 July 2013

My first visit to the Square was over a decade ago and my last – until yesterday – had been in 2006. That a restaurant can remain consistently at the top of its game over such a long period of time is testament to its qualities, in particular the cooking of Philip Howard. Having dined recently at The Ledbury too, I am undoubtedly proud to have such a wide range of quality restaurants in London that can comfortably hold their own on the global stage. At £37.50 for a three-course set lunch, there is a clearly competitive price option, allowing the diner to experience the cooking of two Michelin-starred chef. My comrade and I chose the set menu and both the amuse-bouche and starter were breathtakingly executed, flawlessly presented and combining an innovative range of seasonal ingredients. To begin, a thin sliver of anchovy on toast balanced on a cold and lightly spiced almond soup. This was followed by a pig’s trotter served with celeriac (very much a choice du jour it seems in London’s restaurants currently). Sadly, however, while the first two dishes had raised my expectations of what was to come, both the main and the pudding were relatively more disappointing. My breast of guinea fowl floated in a rather anaemic combination of crayfish and sweetcorn, while the salad of nectarines and strawberries with peach sorbet and apricot snow that followed was unnecessarily sweet and reminded me slightly of the sort of jellied dessert served at childrens’ parties of yesteryear. On the plus side, the wine list offers huge choice and yet the single glass options (which we selected) were priced reasonably and my Bordeaux paired exceptionally well with the guinea fowl. One final comment, for a restaurant of this quality, the service too struck us as somewhat indifferent, especially since the dining room was only moderately busy. In other words, message to the Square: keep up the good work, but don’t rest on your laurels…

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

London Gourmet platinum reviewer 28 January 2013

A gastronomical trendsetter that has been at the top of modern french haute cousine for many years and still delivers top-notch food. Pricey wine list (but unfortunately that comes with most places like this) and good service. Also brilliant lunch offering (for that actually very good value for money) while for dinner on weekends you pay for what is however, undeniably one of the top culinary destinations in central london

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 2.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

Krystle L. 12 November 2012

The Square is definitely worthy of it’s 2 Michelin stars. The dishes were unique, creative and combination of flavours and textures were fantastic. The service at The Square could have been better. I felt that some of the wait staff were a little…snotty and well, when it got crowded (it was a full house that day) the staff seemed a bit overwhelmed and I could not get their attention (to ask for more bread). That benig said, I think I will make a trip down to The Square again, maybe for the tasting menu.

Food & Drink: 2.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 2.0

peter l. 21 February 2012

We (3) were there on a Saturday night, busy evening. Nevertheless, the food though well presented, properly cooked, all turned up to be bland & tasteless, very strange. Wrote a note with a comment on each dish on the menu, asked for it to be sent to the chef. No response. Any self respecting chef would have been to the table in a shot, if only to defend his work or apologize. Marco would have thrown you out! Gordon would have defended himself, I think. This Chef, Nothing. Maybe he was off that night and the mice were in charge and at play. So E-mailed the restaurant and a staff responded with contempt internally to another colleague along the lines, we don't have to show Chef this do we?. Unfortunately it was copied back to me by mistake. I have also heard from another, just one, foodie of a similar experience. Others have waxed lyrical about the place. My conclusion, it can be very good, but they are not consistent. .

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Andrew D. 31 December 2011

This was our first visit to The Square having seen Philip Howard on Saturday Kitchen; we were not disappointed. We were booked in for an early dinner; to start we had langoustines and smoked venison tartare, both were excellent, the langoustines in particular is a signature dish and was sublime; followed by Salmon and saddle of Hare, both were good but the Hare was exceptional. To follow we sampled the extensive cheese board and the banana souffle with rum and raisin ice cream both were excellent. Throughout the service was attentive, what you'd expect from a 2 MS restaurant, and the sommelier very helpful. Our only [minor] criticism was that we were slightly rushed, with starters served before we'd finished our canapés, but overall we had a really special gastronomic experience; we will be back.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Anna W. 02 December 2011

Faultless. Once again The Square exceeded expectation. Stunning dishes and delighted both diners. Wine list, as ever, amazing and advice given for wine choice matched the result – amazing!