Nestled away in between Byron and Jamie’s Italian in the heart of Liverpool One sits Browns Brasserie & Bar. Whether you are after a bit of brunch before you go shopping or lunch in between visiting the sights and sampling the local culture or maybe you need to refuel after a long day before tackling the infamous nightlife. Browns have an exciting new menu that can tempt even the fussiest of eaters.
Browns Brasserie & Bar: Sampling the New Menu
Booked in for a Friday night we were warmly greeted by the staff as we were shown to our table at the front of house looking out over to John Lewis. The perfect window seat for people watching and an alternative to the al fresco terrace outside. With, the low lighting creating a mellow atmosphere, the decor screamed sophistication adding to the ambience. I felt at ease and comfortable as we browsed the new menu on offer.
The new menu boasts some new classics and twists on traditional favourites. With Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Fee options, Browns European inspired dishes will leave you spoilt for choice. With highlights including côte de boeuf for two, gluten free lobster and fries, and vegan courgette, mint & lemon tagliatelle and portabello mushroom tart. What would we choose to put to the taste test?
I went for the Torched Feta Salad with Heritage tomatoes, samphire and basil. My sister chose the Beef Carpaccio with Parmesan crisps, pea shoots, tarragon and lemon mayonnaise.
I loved the feta, it was beautiful. I have never tried it torched before but I loved the nice sharp taste and it paired well with the tomatoes and samphire. At home, I usually have it with beetroot but I think I might try it with tomatoes next time.
I’m not going to lie, neither of us knew what Beef Carpaccio was (it’s thinly sliced raw meat, in this case, beef). But my sister isn’t really one for starters so she ordered something she thought I would like to so I could try. It would be rude not to wouldn’t it! It wasn’t for us. I don’t want to elaborate as it was a new dish for us. So I will leave it at that.
My sister was relieved to see chicken on the menu and decided upon the Half Roast Chicken with a lemon, garlic and thyme marinade, fries and bordelaise sauce. There were no complaints here at all. The skin-on crispy fries were a hit I may have sampled them myself too just to make sure. The verdict on the chicken was perfect. Not at all dry and full of flavour. I love the way it was presented on the plate too.
I chose the Steak and Guinness Pie. Having never tried Guinness before I decided to throw caution to the wind and try something I would never have tried before.
Aside from the gorgeous presentation, it takes some skill to take a British pub classic and make it at home in more of an upmarket setting, it tasted divine. From the light and crispy pastry to the succulent chunks of steak enhanced by the Guinness sauce. Worth another visit just the pie alone. And as for the bubble and squeak mash, so creamy and mouthwatering, I was tempted to ask for more! The crisp prosciutto ham was indeed crisp and I was pleasantly surprised that I actually enjoyed them.
Oh, what can I say about the dessert…….. for starters we love desserts. The best part of the meal for someone with a major sweet tooth. We were literally spoilt for choice, chocolate brownie, trio of chocolate, banoffee pie to name a few.
The final decision and the dessert of choice, hands down was the delectable Salted Caramel Profiteroles with Devon Cream Toffee Sauce and Homemade Salted Caramel. Makes your mouth water doesn’t it!
I’m aware I am gushing right now. However, have you ever ordered something salted caramel flavoured and was a tad disappointed? I have. Sometimes I struggle to taste the salty flavour amongst all the sweetness of the caramel. No such problem with this. If you like your salted caramel as it sounds, this is the dessert for you. One mouthful and you will be over your guilt at ruining the carefully stacked profiteroles and the piece of salted caramel delicately balanced on top.
Whether you are after something new to try or a new twist on an old classic Browns could well be the place for you. From the superb service to the mouth-watering meals and lip-smacking cocktails, Browns Brasserie & Bar is a gem in the heart of Liverpool. One that is definitely worth a visit whatever the occasion, be it a night out with the girls, a family meal or just to sample some of their cocktails you won’t be disappointed.
*Disclaimer: We were provided with a meal in exchange for this review. All thoughts and opinions are our own based on our visit*