September 2016: Yu Sugimoto has been appointed as executive chef following the departure of Phil Howard in March 2016. The Square was acquired by Marlon Abela Restaurant Corporation (MARC), also in March. Formerly chef de cuisine at L’Espérance Marc Meneau in France, Sugimoto has worked at restaurants in Brittany and Paris alongside chefs including Alain Ducasse.
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With its “polished” style, “well-spaced tables” and “one of the Capital’s finest wine lists”, this Mayfair luminary would be a natural for besuited expense-accounters even without Phil Howard’s “complex and highly innovative” cuisine; however, critics of its slightly “sterile” setting and “exorbitant” prices were again more vocal this year.
“Discreet, quiet and well-spaced”, this Mayfair landmark has long been a top expense-account choice, thanks to Phil Howard’s “brilliantly focussed” cuisine, and the “phenomenal” wine list; the experience can seem “a bit soulless”, though, and it is of course “astronomically expensive”.
Phil Howard’s “consistently assured” cuisine “surprises even the most jaded palette”, and the appeal of his “calm” Mayfair HQ for some “serious dining” – especially for expense accounters – is completed by a wine list “to drain a sovereign wealth fund”; fans insist the suit-heavy ambience is “getting more lively” too.
The Square Restaurant Diner Reviews
"It is beige - but the food is outstanding and the service immaculate.We go a few times each year and are never disappointed."
6-10 Bruton St, London, W1J 6PU
lunch noon - 2.45 pm, dinner 6.30 pm - 10.45 pm
Last orders: 9.45 pm, Sat 10.15 pm, Sun 9.30 pm