Browns Bar & Brasserie
- Telephone 0131 225 4442
- Opening times Mon–Thu 11am–midnight; Fri/Sat 11am–1am; Sun 11am–11pm
- Bar open Mon–Thu 11am–midnight; Fri/Sat 11am–1am; Sun 12.30–11pm.
- Food served Mon–Sat 9am–10.30pm; Sun 10am–10pm.
- Pre-theatre times Mon–Sat noon–7pm
- Average price £10.95 (set lunch); £20 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £10.95
- Website www.browns-restaurants.com
This review is taken from the 2012 edition.
A decent all-round package should be an upmarket chain’s stock in trade, and Browns Bar and Brasserie in George Street has a slick take on most eating and drinking options. The chandelier wouldn’t disgrace Phantom of the Opera, while smart white-aproned waiting staff continue the belle époque brasserie theme. It’s a capacious, high-ceilinged space, but broken up by changes of level so that whether you want a comfy sofa for some elevated people watching, a perch at the bar, or a rendez-vous to dine à deux, in a group or even solo, there’s a nook to suit. Brunches, afternoon tea and family-friendly Sunday roasts figure alongside the lengthy à la carte menu. A meaty wild boar and chorizo burger is spicily juicy, while plum sauce spiked with star anise brings dash to succulent twice-roast leg of duck. Peppered parsnip mash and kale are nice side additions to the more routine chips and green beans, while salads are fresh, if a bit blandly dressed. For afters, the sticky toffee, chocolate and pastry scenario may not surprise but neither will it disappoint.
- High point: Decent food in civilised surroundings, and sometimes live piano music
- Low point: Busy in the bar after work
- Private dining: Up to 32 covers
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Light jazz/R'n'B
- Live entertainment: Pianist Tue/Wed 7–10pm; Sun 1–4pm
- Capacity: 220
- Largest group: 40
- Open since: 1998
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 43
- House wine: £13.95 per bottle