After a walk around the Edinburgh Christmas Markets we decided to get out of the gale force winds and rain and have some lunch. The weather has been absolutely crazy recently. I have eaten in Brown’s in Glasgow so I was confident that the Edinburgh branch would offer the same quality and service.
Pan seared scallops
I was so cold that I was sure I’d go straight for the soup of the day to warm up, but I can’t say no to scallops, or anything from the sea for that matter. Three plump king scallops were served in a a grape, garlic and shallot vinaigrette and dusted with curry. They were accompanied by a cauliflower purée and cauliflower tempura florets. It was the best starter I’ve had in a long time, and I tweaked memories of my main course in Stravaigin in Glasgow. Seafood, cauliflower and curry are an excellent combination!
Soup of the day
The soup of the day was spiced butternut squash – a soup I’m particularly fond of. When I make it, I prefer to serve it really thick but in a restaurant it’s probably better served thinner so you don’t end up full. I found the presentation odd, but the soup was delicious.
Crab & King Prawn Linguini
This was beautiful! Al dente linguine tossed in a lime, chilli & coriander pesto (which in my book is the best kind of pesto) with crabmeat and king prawns. I ordered the lunch time serving of this as I wasn’t sure I’d manage a full bowl of pasta, but I’d warn anyone against it. They’re so small, almost humorously so. And there was little crab meat/prawn to be found. I’d order the full size and I totally endorse the dish itself, but not the lunch time portions as I’d say they are children’s portions!
Wild Boar & Chorizo Burger
One thick chorizo and wild boar blended burger coated with melted Manchego cheese, pico de gallo salsa and apple, celeriac slaw, iceberg lettuce, sliced beef tomato and topped with crispy onion rings. This chunky burger is served on a big plate and accompanied by some chips and condiments – Brown’s chunky house ketchup, mayonnaise and sliced dill pickle. Whilst it isn’t the best burger in the world, mainly because it was a little overdone, it was pretty good and offered a lot in terms of flavour – it was mildly smoky with a little kick of spice.
Instead of dessert I opted for a White Russian. I do enjoy a nice creamy cocktail, and cocktails are something that Brown’s are really good for – they’re decently priced, delicious and they have a massive range.
Brown’s was really, really busy on the day we went but the staff were really friendly despite being visibly rushed off their feet. Our food in larger part was beautiful and I’d definitely recommend that people give them a try!
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