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Image 1: The Square is a classic French restaurant in the heart of Mayfair just down the street from one of our favourite place in London, Sketch. Chef Philip Howard has been retaining his 2-star for more than a decade. After a great dinner we had two years ago, this time we were back to check out their set lunch menu.
As usual, we were the first to arrive but the dining room was quickly filled up by mostly business lunch clients and a few tables of tourists.
Image 3: They welcomed us with a warm porcini velouté with a puff pastry stick on the side. The 3-course lunch menu has a limited number of choices, but oh well, it was much more affordable than the tasting menu.
Image 4: The first course arrived promptly. Hidden underneath the fennel and orange foam was ravioli of red mullet and sea bass. Good pasta, excellent filing with a tiny citrus acidity. A very appetizing dish.
Image 5: The other choice was chicken terrine with a lot of goodies compressed in it - chicken, celeriac, foie gras accompanied by grape and apple chutney served with a warm toast on the side. The rich foie with fruity chutney is always a winning combo. Excellent!
Image 6: For main, pan-fried fillet of Organic Salmon on a bed of parsley creamed potato and buttered vegetables. The salmon was alright, nothing too exciting. Quite an ordinary main course!
Image 7: The other choice was roast rump of veal served on a bed of wild mushrooms risotto with parmesan grated on top. Veal was tender with nice flavours from the jus. Very enjoyable risotto with the rice retaining its firmness. By far a better choice than the fish!
Image 8: For dessert, crème caramel with semi dried grapes and Sauternes. Nothing wrong but I expected more from a 2-star kitchen.
Image 9: The other dessert was pavé of bitter chocolate with honeycomb and nut brittle. Rich chocolate with crunchy nut, a perfect classic pair!
Image 10: Seriously? A 2-star restaurant can get away with such a simple nougat as petit-four?! Overall, this lunch was rather ordinary compared to our previous tasting menu experience here. But still, for the price, I guess I should have a low expectation.