We arrived and were shown to our table - there was a real buzz to the restaurant and it was pretty full as you would expect about a month before Christmas and on a Saturday evening. We were given the menu and left just the right amount of time before we were asked whether we would like to order any drinks.
We decided to order a bottle of wine to share - the New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc which was absolutely delicious. At £24.50 it was perhaps one of their more expensive bottles but was utterly delicious. It arrived chilled to the perfect temperature and the waitress asked us if we would like to taste the wine - which we did. As the evening progressed, our glasses were kept topped up by our unobtrusive waitress.
And now onto the food. Brown has quite an extensive menu and I am pretty sure that there is something on it for everyone. We decided to share a starter and share a dessert as we were both pretty sure that we wouldn't manage three course each!
I picked my favourite starter of all time - pan-seared scallops with a mild curry dusting and a cauliflower puree, tempura florets and grape, garlic and shallot vinaigrette. I had scallops on my wedding day and absolutely LOVE them - which also makes me quite fussy as there is little worse than a poorly cooked scallop! My dish was cooked perfectly - the scallops were a reasonable size and the flavours on the dish complimented each other well.
And so it was onto the mains. I had decided upon the rib-eye steak but unfortunately this was not available and so the waitress suggested that I tried the fillet steak, another of my favourite dishes when cooked well. I ordered it 'pink' and again it was cooked perfectly. It came topped with exotic mushrooms and horseradish infused crushed baby potatoes plus a truffle oil and red wine sauce. It was absolutely delicious - not the prettiest looking dishes but delicious never the less. It was one of those meals where you don't want it to end!
Kimberley decided to order the slow cooked pork belly - we had both had bad experiences of pork belly in restaurants and so decided that this was a good 'test'! It had an orange and cumin glaze and was served with bacon and Savoy cabbage plus Aspall's balsamic caramelised apple. Kimberley could not fault it - the pork was sweet and tender and the flavours went well together.
And onto our shared dessert - and by now we were pretty full BUT both LOVE desserts so it was rude not to partake! We found the dessert course very difficult to decide upon - but finally picked the 'Brownie Indulgence' which was exactly that and plenty for 2 people - even chocoholics! There were three pieces of brownie, one was dark chocolate with pistachio ice-cream, one was ginger and milk chocolate served with chocolate ice-cream and the third was raspberry and white chocolate served with strawberry ice-cream. This was another course which we really could not find fault with!
After our meal - and because we were away on a girlie night - we decided to check out the cocktail menu and it would have been rude not to try one. They were delicious and I recommend that you try them!
I LOVE Brown's Restaurant in Covent Garden - the atmosphere was buzzing - the staff was great - the wine was delicious and the food was excellent! It was good value for money and I WILL be back!!!
Find out more about Brown's Restaurants here - they are in various locations and whilst I can only recommend upon my experience in one particular venue, I am pretty sure that you won't be disappointed.
Disclosure - I was given a meal for two to review which included a bottle of wine and two courses each. All thoughts and opinions however are my own and not influenced in any shape or form.