Food Review : Browns, 1 George Square, Glasgow

Browns restaurant george square Glasgow

We were invited along to Browns to check them out, and with the added challenge of being nominated for #Meatfreemonday we were eager to see how easy they could cover this (we did order seafood/fish though)

We started with some eau de Loch Katrine table water and a bottle of Rothschild Viognier at £21.20.  A crisp white wine which was an easy match to our food.

Browns Glasgow food George squareWhilst deciding on food, we had the Nocellara Olives – a huge bowl of the green buttery & mildly bitter kind and very moreish.
In addition we had a selection of bread served with anchovy butter, black olive tapenade and aubergine caviar!  The tapenade and anchovy butter were both delicious and stood out.


Browns Glasgow food George square
Crab Avocado Stack

Strong crab taste rather than being drowned out by mayonnaise.   Personally we would’ve liked more coriander and chilli or something else aromatic as it felt it needed something else.



Browns Glasgow food George square
Feuilletté of Mushroom

Really creamy, light veggie starter.  Cep dusted puff pastry covered mushrooms cooked in a creamy onion and Madeira sauce.   Big meaty mushrooms and plenty of them, a combination of different textures and lovely flavours made this an excellent vegetarian starter.


Browns restaurant george square Glasgow
Roast fillet of Cod

Thick chunky cod. Well seasoned, served with perfect potatoes.  The brown shrimp, capers and parsley butter gave the cod a bit of a decadent feel.




Browns restaurant george square Glasgow
Ricotta, Beetroot and Truffle Tortillini



Very colourful looking dish with red cherry tomatoes, green beans and a light filled pasta with a pleasantly strong truffle taste, and beetroot, which you don’t get too often with pasta!
Served with red amaranth cress for added prettiness. Surprisingly filling.




Browns restaurant george square Glasgow
Eton Mess

An Eton mess stack with cherries, hazelnuts & clotted cream. Nicely presented and very creamy – thumbs up!






Browns restaurant george square Glasgow
Brioche Bread and Butter Pudding

The bread & butter pudding certainly wouldn’t win any awards for looks but it tasted much much better – a good cinnamon taste on sweet brioche bread.





Overall great service, solid quality food. Everything on the menu was available and there were a few specials on offer. Yes, it’s a chain but the food is tasty and the ambiance was enjoyable. The restaurant was busy but we could still hear ourselves talk. The #meatfreemonday challenge wasn’t as hard as expected either – lots to choose from on the menu! Toilets very smart and clean but a bit of a walk to get to as they’re downstairs.

Browns Menu

Browns Drinks Menu

Browns Website here

We were invited to try Browns at their expense and were not required to write a good review and all opinions are our own.

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I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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