THIS IS THE THIRD TIME I HAVE BEEN TO BROWNS AND IT NEVER FAILS TO PLEASE. From the attentive but never overbearing service to the classy ambience, it is always a hit. The city centre restaurant is a stylish, sophisticated venue which skillfully caters to all manner of clients – post-work diners/drinkers, families with small children/babies, respectful hen parties and birthdays. All were in evidence on the busy Saturday night I visited. I would definitely advise booking a table.
From the live piano – Thursday, Friday and Sunday evenings – to the elegant surroundings (the building is the restored General Post Office headquarters), and the lobster night on a Thursday, Browns is the perfect place to enjoy a little down-to-earth glamour. It is also a fantastic location, on George Square.
The prices were reasonable for the quality of food served. The spring/summer menu has plenty of gems to choose from (see below for our picks). If you visit on Monday to Friday from 12-6pm, an offer of two courses for £11.95 (valid as of June 2015) represents even more value for money.
Special mention to Gary, our waiter, who was attentive even at busy points in the evening. His recommendations were also spot on, with helpful guidance on beer, wine and dessert choices.
This historic former Post Office always delivers!
Starters – Asparagus and prosciutto ham; Pulled ham hock & piccalilli terrine; Pearl barley stuffed tomato; Mushrooms.
All starters were delicious and would be ordered again by each diner. Really hard to choose a winner here as everyone felt that they had chosen well. However, we decided the asparagus and prosciutto ham not only looked aesthetically pleasing but tasted fabulous – lovely, sharp hollandaise sauce and a nice size for a starter. But the other three come highly, highly recommended.
Mains – Pan-fried seabass fillets; Browns house salad; Smoked haddock, spring onion & chive fishcakes; Slow cooked salted pork belly.
Again everyone was very happy with their main courses. The Browns House Salad deserves a mention as a properly filling main course set off with a tasty rhubarb dressing. Also the slow-cooked salted pork belly was cooked to perfection and accompanied by a fabulous apple brandy & Pink Lady jus! Both the House Salad and Pork were the winners here, and offer ideal alternatives to diners who want either something lighter, or more meaty.
Desserts – Great British Mess; Vanilla Panna Cotta; Salted Caramel Profiteroles (recommended by Gary).
All three desserts looked amazing. The Vanilla Panna Cotta was a fabulously creative idea, with Pimm’s, mint jelly and candied cucumber. However, we were 50:50 on whether it would be ordered again. The panna cotta could have done with being a little sweeter to balance out the candied cucumber. However, it did seem like it was the lighter of the three options, so it really just depends on your taste buds. The Great British Mess was a good size and full of strawberry fruitiness. The Salted Caramel Profiteroles prompted a feeding frenzy, as our group jabbed their spoons into the dish! Caramel and salt – a killer combination and a novel way to improve a popular dessert dish. We couldn’t choose an overall winner, so both the Great British Mess and Salted Caramel Profiteroles were equal favourites in the dessert category!
Just8 gives Browns 9/10. Classy ambience and imaginative, tasty food at reasonable prices; good location on George Square.
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