The Square Restaurant Review

Having held two Michelin stars for over fifteen years, Phil Howard is regarded as one of the finest chefs in the country. The restaurant originally opened in St James in 1991, The Square then relocated to its current location on Bruton Street in 1997. Phil Howard also co-owns the highly successful Ledbury, and the great valued Kitchen W8.

Having visited London quite frequently over the last couple of years, we felt we should finally try the food at The Square after hearing many good reports. After an enjoyable walk around Mayfair we arrived for our much anticipated lunch. We had however heard mixed reports about the Dining room, although we were actually very impressed by the décor. The minimalist but classy furnishings and art work, for us was the perfect setting for our lunch. We were shown the menu’s for the day and opted for the lunchtime tasting menu. Here is what we ate:
Beautiful Space
Our Table
Beautiful Plates
Before our tasting menu begun, we were presented with these delicious canapés. We thoroughly enjoyed the different textures and flavours found in each small bite.
Pot Roasted Cauliflower, Black Truffle
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Slightly unsure of what to expect when presented with this dish, we were instantly impressed after the first bite. The cauliflower had been prepared wonderfully, and really worked well with the Lardo Di Colonnata. The black truffle added a luxurious element to the dish. This was a beautifully thought out dish that really caught our attention.
Cannelloni of Langoustine Claw and Scallop
Stunning Presentation
This was quite possibly the best course of the whole lunch. The cannelloni of langoustine claw and scallop was truly exquisite. The curried pumpkin puree was lightly spiced, and had a perfect smooth consistency.
Cornish Cod
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This was another dish we struggled to find any fault with. The cooking of the cod was superb. We also enjoyed the addition of the razor clams and cockles. 
Venison Faggots with Smoked Creamed Potatoes
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Having had Faggots before, we have on occasions found these slightly too rich for our liking. Thankfully here, they were truly fantastic. They had been cooked superbly and were a joy to eat. The smoked cream potatoes were silky smooth, and had a very pleasant texture, where the dish was presented again to the highest of standards.
British and French Cheese
Cheese Selection
We always enjoy a pre dessert cheese board, and this ticked all the boxes with enough crackers and bread provided. It should be noted that the waiter explained the choices of cheese well and why they work well together.
Rhubarb Ripple soufflé, Vanilla Ice Cream
Both of us are great lovers of a soufflé, and this serving from The Square now ranks amongst the best we have tried. The soufflé itself was light, airy, and had a highly pleasant texture. The rhubarb flavour was sharp and intense, and worked well with the vanilla ice cream which was placed within the soufflé.

Having read many great reports about The Square, we both feared we could be disappointed. Thankfully this was not the case, as the restaurant provided us with one of the finest dining experiences we have had in the UK. The sheer length of time Phil Howard has held two stars is highly impressive in itself. The way he has kept his food and presentation exciting, but still classical in style, is really something to marvel. Each dish was executed perfectly, with thought provoking textures and flavours to excite the diner.

From the minute we arrived, we experienced some of the best service we have encountered in any restaurant. We must mention the young waiter Bruno, who we had the pleasure of chatting with. Despite being the youngest member of staff, his hospitality was first class and it added to the experience for us. We also had the pleasure of chatting with Phil Howard. As long standing fans of his, it was a real treat discussing all things food with the legendary chef, who was very approachable.

Overall the lunchtime tasting menu ended up being great value. The 6 course lunch tasting menu costing just £65, for us this was fantastic value for money. The London dining scene is currently flourishing, with a wide variety of top quality restaurants. Despite being in business for over twenty years, The Square is still one of the finest dining experiences you will find in the Capital. Be bold, visit this long standing accoladed establishment, you will not be disappointed.


Food 9/10
Service 10/10
Decor 9/10
Toilets 8/10
Value for Money 9/10

Overall 45/50 - At the top end of two Star dining.