One Square have a new chef (hello Shaun Woodhouse) and a new menu! They’ve gone for a more brasserie feel this time, and truth be told, I was a little underwhelmed by the menu, however it exceeded my expectations.
I can’t quite remember what had happened but I know it had been a rough week so we headed to the bar first for a cocktail. I had an Aviation (which on an empty stomach was strong, in a good way), and Alex had a glass of wine.
It was for no other reason than the two words ‘Chicken Hollandaise’ that made me choose my main. The Free Range Chicken Breast with Brioche Toast and Chicken Hollandaise lured me in, and I’m so glad it did. On its own it was a rich dish but we ordered several sides including Cabbage with Chilli and Garlic which helped to cut through the richness. The sides actually deserve a special mention as they were some of the best I’ve ever had, I recommend ordering more than you usually would as they are well worth the extra. Alex had the Smoked and Marinated Jacob’s Ladder which came looking like it had been covered in one of those chocolate mirror glazes. Following that cabbage dish he is now addicted and we have since tried to replicate it at home (it was nowhere near as good!)
The dessert menu was pretty short, just like the main (my only criticism of this new menu is it could do with just a couple more dishes to choose from), however we managed to find two we fancied. Alex can’t resist coconut so he had the Coconut Cheesecake & Compressed Apple with Bergamot Sorbet which went down VERY well. You know when Alex is enjoying something as he absolutely insists you have to try it! I’m a fan of pistachio so the Pistachio and Dark Chocolate Pot was the one for me. It was a bit of a strange presentation, almost messy looking, and while it tasted fine, I think the balance of textures was just slightly off on this one – a bit too many soft creamy things. That said, I did eat most of it!
Verdict – the menu reads a bit plain, but the food delivers far more than is promised – the sides and the sauces are particularly good. I love the vibe at One Square and often recommend it, and that won’t be changing.