As it was my lovely sister’s 30th birthday I decided to ditch the hubby for this Browns restaurant review and took her instead, and she was so happy I did.
I‘ve been to Brown’s a couple of times before, the first time up in Edinburgh then the second time in Manchester for our wedding anniversary a couple of years ago, so I was more than happy to go back to try out the new menu. I was hoping that there would be a few favourites still on the menu, especially the salted caramel profiteroles, I wouldn’t order any other desserts they are that good!
The restaurant itself is stunning, the building is just gorgeous and has that cosy yet luxurious feeling with the deep wood panelling and marble pillars.
As it was my sister’s birthday we had to order cocktails. There’s a great range on the drinks menu from classic cocktails to Browns Signature cocktails. The British Royal signature cocktail was amazing, seriously amazing. Plus there’s a great wine list and plenty of craft beers to chose from, along with the usual bottled beers & ciders.
After trying to decide on starter we opted for the sharing platter so we could try a few small bites including chicken lollipops, salt & pepper squid, prawn cocktail, beetroot houmous, pulled pork & pig cheek crostini. Everything was gorgeous but the squid had to be my favourite.
There was plenty of choice for mains, with either the light dishes, main meals and grill options. There are three vegetarian options, with two of them being vegan.
As soon as I saw lamb on the menu I knew exactly what I was having but my sister couldn’t decide between the slow cooked pork belly or the roasted lamb rump, in the end the potato gratin swung it for her so we both ended up with same meal but we were both more than happy with our choices.
The lamb was so soft and tender, and the potatoes were amazing. I think we pretty much ate in silence it was that good.
I didn’t even need to look at the dessert menu as the salted caramel profiteroles are soo good. My sister was so full from the starter and main that she wanted something quite light too rather than a ‘proper pudding’ so she opted for the brownies & icecream.
Not only were the desserts divine but Amy’s dessert came with a candle and birthday message. We only briefly mentioned her birthday at the start when we said we’d like cocktails before ordering food so that was an amazing touch. Along with the handwritten birthday card the staff gave her, it really made her night. It was so thoughtful of the staff to go to that effort without being asked or prompted at all.
We really did have the best night at Brown’s. The food was incredible, the restaurant really gave that feeling of occasion, of being somewhere special. Without a doubt, we’d definitely go back again.
Have you been to Brown’s Manchester? What did you think?