An unassuming name, an unassuming interior, a nondescript entrance – but we’re in Bruton Street here, one of the most refined streets in refined Mayfair (hell, the Queen was born at no.17).
An unobtrusive streak runs through everything at this restaurant, where standards – from the luxe Ren products in the toilets to the spiderweb-delicate glassware – are sky-high, but there’s nothing too avant-garde to startle the clientele. As a result, a meal here is one of suavity and established luxury. Not a bad thing: sometimes it’s better to be cossetted than challenged. Our lunch started with translucent chicken jelly with peas and an airy pillow of goat’s curd: a summery statement of intent. Dishes like the poured-at-table gazpacho with crayfish and sour cream ice-cream, or sea bream with courgette, razor clams and parmesan – both from the set menu – were accomplished and clearly labour-intensive works of complementary colours, flavours, textures and shapes.
Staff were earnest rather than friendly; a chatty sommelier offered a note of personality, otherwise service is conducted with quiet industry and consideration. One for the classicists rather than the trendsetters, but still a seamless experience.
Whilst the food does of course progress, this philosophy is as much the backbone of the cooking today as it was when we opened 24 years ago.
To experience all that The Square has to offer we propose a nine-course tasting menu of frequently-changing, seasonal and longstanding signature dishes. For those preferring to enjoy a lighter tasting menu, we can offer a sample of all six dishes in our weekly changing set lunch menu. We also offer a constantly evolving a la carte menu composed of both our longstanding signature dishes and those that are short lived and seasonal.
|Venue name:||The Square||Contact:|
6-10 Bruton Street
|Opening hours:||Lunch served noon-2.45pm Mon-Sat. Dinner served 6.30-10pm Mon-Thur; 6.30-10.30pm Fri, Sat; 6.30-9.30pm Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: Bond Street or Green Park|
|Price:||Set lunch £35 2 courses, £40 3 courses. Set meal £90 3 courses; £115 tasting menu (£185 incl wine)|
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Average User Rating
3.2 / 5
- 5 star:2
- 4 star:0
- 3 star:0
- 2 star:3
- 1 star:0
The service was good (not stunning). But the food was poor. Two of us ate, one was vegetarian. The plates were unbalanced at best and bland mush at the worst. Salty, salty, salty! Individual elements were nice but anybody can buy a nice cheese and stick it on a plate! As an example - the souffle smelt wonderful but tasted of next to nothing; this was the problem all the way through. The food either looked or smelt great (not both) but the taste was always lacking or offpiste. I have had better tasting food at hawkers markets in Singapore.
The sommelier really knows his trade. Other than that the experience was underwhelming at best. Stained chair. Amuse Bouche removed before I had finished and had to talk to two people before the situation. Started with a roasted escalope of foie gras - to me the accompaniments were over powering. Next a monkfish that was all a little bland. The chocolate bar dessert almost met 2 star expectations. When the bill arrived, they had been good enough to take off the fish. But they incorrectly divided the bill and as we left were a little abrupt in asking for more money. Not good. Won't be going back.
Faultless today when we took my Mum for her birthday - table of 9. Everyone was happy with the set lunch menu and the food delivered by the helpful and attentive staff was absolutely fantastic. Phil Howard was in his chef's whites when he popped out to say hello and the sommelier recommended reasonably priced wines.
Had booked a month in advance. Ordered the taster menu. Service : super slow! Was there from 6:30-9:30pm Food : very mediocre. The first course - soup, was super salty. The desserts were a let down - cheese cake too rich and soufflé too sweet. Restaurant is definitely over priced and over rated. There are 1 Michelin star restaurants that are better
I am very hard pressed to fault The Square. From the moment we entered the staff were a complete delight and this continued throughout the evening. They were friendly but not intrusive, knowledgeable but not arrogant. Every mouthful of food was simply exquisite and the wine pairing- utter perfection. The hushed tones and excited murmurings of the evening set a wonderful atmosphere. I would quite happily recommend The Square to the most captious gastronomers.