Ian Brown Food and Drink
- Telephone 0141 638 8422
- Seasonal times Open Mondays at Christmas
- Food served Tue–Sat noon–2pm, 5.30–9pm; Sun 12.30–8pm. Closed Mon.
- Pre-theatre times Tue–Thu noon–2pm, 5.30–9pm, Sun 12.30–8pm
- Pre-theatre price £13
- Website ianbrownrestaurant.co.uk
A friendly, casual neighbourhood restaurant in Giffnock – presided over by a chef who does cooking at the top end.
Ian Brown’s solo venture in suburban Giffnock is closing in on ten years but the traffic through his informal and relaxed bistro shows little sign of letting up. Alumni of Ubiquitous Chip having headed its kitchen in the Ronnie Clydesdale era, Brown has now created his own institution at this popular 40-seater eatery. Despite its affluent surroundings, food (£13 for two early evening courses) and wine (there are seven bottles priced at £16) is extremely reasonable, a reflection on a wish to make dining out as accessible as possible. Unsurprisingly, the kitchen prides itself on everything being made in-house and this radiates through many of the dishes with Brown’s food big on flavour. Braised pig cheek starter is glazed with a deep port jus before sitting on top of a spinach and celeriac purée, while a stand-out main of baked cod comes with crispy bacon bits for texture and homemade cauliflower tempura. While the food might not be the most refined (and perhaps deliberately so), its appeal is extolling the virtues of a neighbourhood bistro that has the love of cooking at its core.
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Eclectic
- Capacity: 40
- Largest group: 40
- Open since: 2010
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 7
- House wine: £16 per bottle
Reviews & features
Ubiquitous Chip chef Ian Brown strikes out on his own16 Feb 2011
New venture always fully booked despite the economic climate
Aestled in an affluent Southside enclave, Ian Brown Food and Drink is a small and thoughtfully formed new restaurant. Inside the refurbished former Greek restaurant, wooden topped tables are arranged in a close and cosy fashion. Scottish landscapes and…