If I had to sum up the interior design of Browns in one word it would be opulent. Every feature exudes glamour; the piano, chandeliers, dark green velvet booths, marble tables and the touches of gold on fixtures.
As well as the enviable interiors, Browns now also boasts a new vegan menu so when they invited me along I was intrigued to discover if the menu would be equally impressive.
There is an extensive list of cocktails to choose between including a range of limited edition options designed to showcase seasonal flavours so we decided to give a couple of these a try;
English Harvest: Sailor Jerry rum, cloudy apple, gingerbread and lime. It came garnished with lime and fresh ginger so this cocktail packed a punch but still had a warming taste similar to a mulled cider. The gorgeous Charlotte, pictured below, shows the ginger zing face perfectly!
Orchard Fizz: Whitley Neill raspberry gin, blackberry, lemon, grenadine, topped with prosecco. I am already a fan of Whitley Neill gin generally and this cocktail was no exception! A good choice for those with a sweet tooth as it had a sherbet like taste.
To start we shared the heritage tomatoes and pesto on toast. I have to be perfectly honest and say the presentation of this dish wasn’t great as the pesto was hidden under the tomatoes. Aesthetics aside, we still enjoyed this dish and both agreed it would make a tasty breakfast option too.
Next up was the Coronation cauliflower: Saag aloo, coconut raita, mango, toasted almonds, broccoli shoots, beluga lentils, curry oil. If you are picturing a cauliflower curry then think again, instead we were given a beautiful plate of roasted cauliflower and potato with bursts of colour thanks to juicy chunks of mango. The spiced cauliflower had a good bit of bite – there is nothing worse than soggy overcooked cauliflower.
My favourite dish of the night was the beetroot and lentil cottage pie topped with butternut squash mash. The pie was served with a side of perfectly cooked peppery green beans.
We decided to share the coconut & vanilla panna cotta: blackberries, blueberries, raspberry sorbet, Sailor Jerry spiced rum, caramelised hazelnuts. How delicious does this dessert sound? Sadly ours was missing the caramelised hazelnuts which would have provided a good crunch but the panna cotta was still delicious.
On another visit, I tried the Winter beet salad: Chargrilled tenderstem broccoli, quinoa, avocado, rocket, toasted walnuts, lemon & basil dressing but I didn’t take a photo – I’m not winning blogger of the year anytime soon! It was really tasty and super filling too.
Glasgow is not short of fantastic vegan junk food options, now don’t get me wrong I love a weekend treat but its great to find more places offering hearty yet nutritious options like our meal at Browns.
If you enjoy dining in luxurious surroundings with a cocktail or two then I’d definitely recommend giving Browns a visit.
P.S. So much festive fun in store for you guys both on my blog and Instagram for the whole month of December so stay tuned!