Review on Browns Restaurant
Established in 1985, Brown's has made the journey from up-market burger joint to a sleek, fine dining restaurant with its finger on the pulse. Situated in Derry's Waterside, close to the River Foyle, the place has a smooth outlook with neutral colours, stained wood panelling and occasional flashes of zebra print – although food is the real focus.
The kitchen is always tweaking and inventing new ideas for a repertoire that aims to please to please all comers, from theatre types to families with kids. Ingredients are local where possible, but influences come from across the globe – witness Irish goats' cheese baked with spring onions, garlic and chilli served with hot soda bread, char-grilled fillet of rare-breed beef with kohlrabi purée, confit mushrooms and chive hollandaise or marinated loin of pork with warm noodle salad and Szechuan dipping sauce.
Fish dishes vary with the catch, but you might find crusted loin of cod on sesame snake beans with aromatic 'nage' or marinated whole sea bass with chilli, chick peas and plum tomatoes on the menu. To finish, try pear and ginger upside-down cake, coconut and passion fruit flan or plump for an espresso accompanied by a baby fruit cake and a shot of Vin Santo.
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 – 3.00pm Tue-Sun
Dinner: 5.30 – 9.00pm Tue-Thu (5.00 - 10.00pm Fri & Sat)
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express