One bad thing happened at the beginning of them meal. We ordered and the apps came out very fast. On first site of them, (I've worked im restaurants) I thought heat lamps... they looked like they were a bit wilted or melted around the edges.
I feel as if the Chef at Square was playing a joke on its Winterlicious customers. I imagine him thinking, if they want to pay pub prices I'll give them pub food!
Of course I wouldnt feel this way if I thought the menu worked.
We had the Bangers and Mash appetizer. It was 2 sausages, one crab which had a gelatinous texture and mostly fishy flavour (not really crab in particular) on mashed potatoes with black greek olives (like Kalmata). The potatoes were good but I dont remeber what the other sausage was. It was pretty small but I didnt want anymore anyways since I didnt really like it.
We ordered a Duck on Salad app off the menu, it had blood oranges and I got a walnut. (They were listed but we only found 1) This was probably the best thing other than dessert. I didnt like the duck as much as BBQ duck from chinatown mainly because it was much drier. It was an interesting plate with green beans (I believe) and a ripe tasting goats cheese. I wouldnt rate it delicious.
For mains, I had the Cod cakes on marinated salmon. The cod cakes were not that great, a little dry and again just that lightly fishy flavour. Nothing special. The salmon and the creamy sauce probably with horseradish were the best thing about this dish but the salmon was smaller than the amount of sashimi you usually get in a Japanese restaurant and the whole dish was the same size as the menu app we ordered. Again I didnt want anymore anyway.
My friend had lamb pie with onion rings. I had a taste, the pie was fine, the lamb not to greasy but tender. It didnt have much spice to it, it was really just lamb. I liked how the tart tasted, almost like raw buttery pastry. I'm not sure others would. I have always liked to eat the pie crust before it went in the oven. The onion rings were nothing special. They seemed to be homemade (you'd think!) but were kind of fat and greasy. You got 2 of those.
The dessert was the best part of the meal. The chocolate square was super rich like pure melted lovely chocolate but with a bit of cake to it and the marmalade pudding was good. It had some sweet/tart orange rind in it that was a nice contrast to the cake and cream filling.
I came away from Square thinking, I wish I had realized that we were signed up for a british pub themed meal. And also that there is nothing that can be done to improve British food even though they did make considerable effort. The second is perhaps untrue but Square didn't do anything for the reputation of British food.