The Square

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Silver Award
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French

The Square

SquareMeal Review of The Square

Silver Award

There’s a sense of confidence, calm and absolute professionalism about this reboot of The Square with its spacious layout and extraordinary collection of modern art. Tables are well-spaced (no earwigging here), and every detail chimes with the restaurant’s reputation – beautiful glassware and cutlery, fragile handmade crockery, clever lighting, comfortable chairs. 

With chef Clément Leroy at the helm, there’s no denying that the cooking is more than a match for the upper-crust setting. Using classic techniques and the finest ingredients, dinner starts with a culinary tour around Britain – from a tiny tartlet of Cornish haddock to the lightest tuile wrapped around Scottish shellfish. Just go easy on the moreish cheese bread with goat’s butter if you’re planning to sample the full works. 

Leroy’s repertoire is sophisticated and complex – as in Lincolnshire eel served with smoked sabayon, sweet onion purée, sweet apple jelly and caviar or a huge scallop, seared and partnered by fried hazelnuts, aubergine and buckwheat, just two starters from an ever-changing line-up.

Moving on, there might be crispy sizzled red mullet accompanied by a deep-flavoured bisque or an awesomely rich dish of sweetbreads atop a bed of raw black squid. After that, a dessert of sweet potato, grapefruit and St John’s Wood honey not only appears to defy the laws of physics, but also tastes so much better than it sounds.

Prices are painful, although budget-conscious diners can get a lunchtime sampler for under £40 for three courses. Likewise, the monumental wine list is unerringly expensive, although its Franco-Italian selections are more than a match for the food. While some reckon The Square is “all-round perfection”, when all’s said and done, we can’t help feeling it’s also a bit dreary. 

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - Over £80
Cuisines
French
Ambience
Fine dining, Quiet conversation, Widely spaced tables
Other Awards
One Michelin star
People
Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

Location for The Square

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

020 7495 7100

Website

Opening Times

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

Reviews of The Square

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42 Reviews 
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Gina L

double disappointment Michelin meal...
08 November 2019  

It’s always depressing to not enjoy a meal. However, when you go to a double Michelin restaurant in Mayfair, you hardly expect such an occurrence. It’s partly our fault expecting a french restaurant to be able to cater for vegans even if we did give The Square over 3 months' notice...

 

Firstly we arrive at our table and are given menus. Although our menu was not correct as every dish had meat in it and the champagne sourced was not vegan. We were offered a soft drink as an alternative if wanted and settled for sparkling water. It took about 15 awkward minutes for the staff to print our menus, and when they arrived they also included the meat trolley in all its glory sitting proudly atop. Why would a vegan menu have meat canapés on it? We were concerned at this point that maybe other items would not be suitable for us on the menu. 

 

The canapés were served soon after, and we were given 1 small pot of puréed carrots from the same meat trolley... appetizingly! whilst our friends tucked into an array of canapés. This was a clear sign that our friends were to enjoy the evening and would be catered for as they should. We were an afterthought. We hoped that the service and food would improve as the evening went on...alas we were to be disappointed.

 

The first course was a raw ‘carpaccio’ of mushrooms, the staff went around our table explaining what the dishes were and, well, it’s hard to tart up sliced mushrooms and boiled veg.

 

The other vegan dish for the first course was stock and veg! Pretty little carrots in a sea of vegetable consommé, What a treat! I could do better with a pack of miso and half an onion. When staff came around to explain they said usually it would have oysters in, this given as an admission of why it wasn’t very good. Thanks.

 

Given that the vegans were a full course short at this point, a spoonful of bland Risotto made with long grain rice was woefully under flavored with yet more mushrooms... 

 

And another plate of some fried and some sliced raw mushrooms. Delicious mushrooms, but they had obviously sliced too many for the ‘carpaccio’ earlier.

 

Then things went comprehensively stratospheric when our puddings arrived and were 2 minutes later whisked off of the table as they contained cream! Then we waited 30 mins for them to come out again. At which time everyone else was finished.

 

No wonder the chef did not visit our table. What a diabolical clusterfuck of errors! 

 

Needless to say we will not be returning. 

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ANTHONY B

06 August 2019  
Excellent food & service.

Jacqui Z

26 July 2019  
Excellent food, service, ambience, wines. Somewhat expensive but a great place for that special occasion.

Anon

Extraordinary Experience
11 May 2019  

 This restaurant was beyond a surprising delight! From the moment we entered until walking out, every single detail was attended to with service from an era gone by while having a twist of modernity and fun.  Every bite caused a pause of delight among our group of four.  The fois gras was unlike anything we had ever experienced ... all the way until a chocolate dessert with lime and cardamom.  Our sommelier was extraordinarily knowledgeable, introducing us to new wines that will now be among our favorites.  The delights kept coming even after we thought we had finished with a espresso martini accented with vanilla cream.  

The environment was spacious, modern and totally relaxing.   The service was as present as you invite them to be but eager to delight.      This was a highlight among our culinary adventures in London.  Highly recommended.   

 

 

 

 

 

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Anon

Extraordinary Experience
11 May 2019  

 This restaurant was beyond a surprising delight! From the moment we entered until walking out, every single detail was attended to with service from an era gone by while having a twist of modernity and fun.  Every bite caused a pause of delight among our group of four.  The fois gras was unlike anything we had ever experienced ... all the way until a chocolate dessert with lime and cardamom.  Our sommelier was extraordinarily knowledgeable, introducing us to new wines that will now be among our favorites.  The delights kept coming even after we thought we had finished with a espresso martini accented with vanilla cream.  

The environment was spacious, modern and totally relaxing.   The service was as present as you invite them to be but eager to delight.      This was a highlight among our culinary adventures in London.  Highly recommended.   

 

 

 

 

 

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olga B

10 April 2019  
Best French food in london.

Jacqui Z

01 August 2018  
Excellent food and atmosphere. Really good service with a willingness to listed to our dietary challenges and deal with them. Amazing decor. Pricey but worth it. Aircon a little cool.

Anthony D

03 July 2018  
Ambience.

Ryan G

27 June 2018  
Michelin food and a great lunch menu at a good price.

Tom R

02 June 2016  
The benchmark by which other fine dining restaurants are measured. Keen to try after Phil Howard's departure.

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