Mayfair’s “classy” (if sometimes “dull”) gastronomic temple, The Square, will re-open its doors on 20 November after a major refurbishment of its kitchen and dining room. Launched by Phil Howard and Nigel Platts-Martin back in 1991, the restaurant was sold to the MARC group (Marlon Abela Restaurant Corporation) last year and has since undergone a redesign […]

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⦿ September 27 will see the opening of Phil Howard’s new venture, Elystan Street, in the backstreets of Chelsea. The site will be remembered by some as Tom Aikens – another chef who had a Michelin 2-star pedigree and struck out on his own in this quiet backwater, a short stroll from The Conran Shop […]

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Japanese-born, French-trained chef Yu Sugimoto has taken over the kitchen at Mayfair dining temple The Square following its sale by founding chef Phil Howard earlier this year. Sugimoto spent nine years at Le Meurice in Paris, where he rose to head chef, after beginning his career at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo. Restaurateur Marlon Abela, who […]

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