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Hall of FameThis haute cuisine thoroughbred is now owned by Marlon Abela, whose stable of pedigree restaurants includes The Greenhouse and Umu. Abela has installed Japanese-born Yu Sugimoto as executive chef, who arrives after heading the kitchens at two stellar establishments in France (Le Meurice in Paris and L’Espérance in Burgundy). Anglo-French food, executed to a rarefied level, remains the métier, though chef Yu has expanded the à la carte from three to four courses and diners can expect a ‘clean, sophisticated and precise’ cooking style. The seasonally pertinent menu might commence with marinated langoustine sandwich with mushroom, apple and coral mayonnaise, and continue with sugar-spiced foie gras with dates, pumpkin and Earl Grey tea, before a main course of roast turbot with squid, baby carrots and chicken jus. Tasting menus could incorporate signature dishes such as St Ives Bay lobster with Muscat grapes or red mullet wrapped in fennel branches. To finish, try one of the signature soufflés, perhaps Lorraine Mirabelle plum soufflé with caramelised oat ice cream. The trustworthy wine list, heady with great producers, has been expanded still further of late, and the quiet, civilised dining room is “ideal for business”, with staff gliding seamlessly between the widely spaced tables. All of this comes at a price of course, but the prix-fixe lunches don’t stint on the luxury – though the atmosphere is much better in the evening. In short, The Square remains “a seriously good dining experience”.

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.


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The Square

6-10 Bruton Street ,London W1J 6PU

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set lunch mid week

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Apr 2015

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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

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 9

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6-10 Bruton Street ,London W1J 6PU

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Next to brilliant

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Jan 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...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 8

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Aug 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).

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  • Food & Drink: 5
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 4

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6-10 Bruton Street ,London W1J 6PU

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Unspeakably Good

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Nov 2013

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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...

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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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Good, but not excellent

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Jul 2013

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Editor's pick 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...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 9

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Jan 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

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

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6-10 Bruton Street ,London W1J 6PU

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Nov 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...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 5
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 6

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Feb 2012

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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...

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

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6-10 Bruton Street ,London W1J 6PU

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Dec 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....

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

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    Quiet eating :: The Square Restaurant | Quiet eating

    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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Yu Sugimoto

Chef Yu Sugimoto The Square restaurant Mayfair London Squaremeal Square Meal
Yu Sugimoto’s career has been studded with experience at fantastic restaurants across the globe. After starting out in Paris, he then joined the two-Michelin-starred kitchen of Jean-Pierre Crouzil at Hôtel l’Ecrin in Plancoët. After a short tenure at O Rebelle back in Paris, Sugimoto was hired by Patrick Jeffroy at the Hotel de Carantec in Brittany. In 2006 Sugimoto fulfilled a lifelong dream when he joined the three-Michelin-starred restaurant Le Meurice under famed chef Yannick Alléno, where he worked as head chef for six years. When Alléno left Le Meurice in 2013, Sugimoto took over the kitchen (before Alain Ducasse’s appointment in 2014) and was integral to the transition under the new management. In 2014 Sugimoto left to become chef de cuisine at L’Espérance in Saint-Père, which was awarded two Michelin stars. In 2016, Sugimoto was appointed executive chef at The Square, following the departure of Phil Howard.

Essential Details for The Square

  • Cuisine: French
  • Area: Mayfair oxford street
  • Price: £105
  • Wine: £35
  • Champagne: £85
  • Lunch: ££40/65 (3/6 courses)
  • Dinner: ££105 (4 courses)
  • Private Dining: 18

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