Last Thursday I was invited along to Browns Brasserie & Bar in Leeds, located within The Light, to sample and review their Lobster night. Having never tried lobster before it was the perfect opportunity to try something new and indulge.
The night forms one of 5 daily specials run at Browns, including Steak Frites on Monday to Wednesday, Fish Friday, Cote De Boeuf for two on Saturday and of course the classic Sunday Roast!
On arrival at the restaurant we were greeted by the staff and asked if we’d like to take one of the window seats which overlooked the Town Hall. The rays of sun light that cascaded through the large windows made this area look warm and inviting. To start the evening off, we opted for a bottle of Sancerre Blanc, Les Baronnes, 2014. This white wine was delicious and crisp with hints of peach and gooseberry. Perfect for one of the last summer evenings, whilst we perused the menu.
Knowing I was there for the Lobster night made choosing a dish a lot easier. Had this not been the case, I think I would of been there a while, as all the dishes sounded fantastic. The menu has a varied mix of traditional classic gastro-pub food.
Being a fanatical lover of steak and wanting back up in case lobster wasn’t for me, I opted for the classic lobster surf and turf combination. The other two lobster dishes that were avaialble were grilled whole lobster with garlic and herb butter and champgane lobster thermidor (for the more adventuorous)! My first impressions of the dish was that it had been presented well. The sides of salad together with grilled tomato and mushroom had been appropriately portioned, which gave the dish an extra splash of colour.
Our food arrived promptly, perhaps a little too quickly after ordering which meant we didn’t get a huge amount of time to relax and chat a little longer.
I had anticipated (and slightly feared) the idea of having to break up the lobster and start cracking it apart as I’d heard it an be quite a messy task! Luckily for me the lobster was all pre-prepared and ready to eat, which was great.
The taste of the lobster was fresh, meaty and delicious. Whilst its hard to describe the taste of lobster (I mean how do you describe the taste of chicken or beef?) if your a fan of prawns or crab its probably a fair assumption you will enjoy lobster. The lobster was cooked in a delicious seasoned herb butter however all the flavours were well balanced and nothing over powered the delicate taste of the lobster.
The steak was cooked rare as requested and had great colour, although i couldn’t tell you the cut of steak used, the meat was tender and seasoned well.
Samantha decided to be less adventurous and choose one of Browns signature dishes, Slow Cooked Salted Belly Pork with an additional accompaniment of pan fried scallops.
Again the dish was well presented, looked hearty and the pork tender and moist. Having tried some of it (for review purposes) the pork was well seasoned and well cooked with little fat. Sam’s only criticism was the scallops were slightly cold. Although for an additional £5.95 I still felt this was excellent value as typically a starter of scallops of a similar size usually costs around £10.
To finish the evening, we pondered the dessert menu. What real foodie could resist trying something from a delicious sounding section of desserts? Having never been one to turn down a dessert, I quickly knew I wanted to try the Trio of Chocolate. Which was warm chocolate fondant, white chocolate pot and chocolate ice cream with hazelnut praline.
The dessert was slightly different to what was described on the menu. I felt the fondant was more cake like and the ice cream was replaced with a salted caramel profiterole. Although, the profiterole was delicious so i certainly still felt happy with my choice. All components to the trio were delicious and I particularly enjoyed the white chocolate pot. I did however, feel the trio was slightly imbalanced by the difference in size of the fondant compared to the chocolate pot and profiterole.
Sam opted for the caramelised lemon tart with rhubarb syrup and clotted cream. The portion size seemed appropriate, although the amount of clotted cream was not proportionate to the tart. It had a nice tangy lemon flavour and the texture was great.
Overall, I really enjoyed the Lobster night at Browns. I would certainly return to try one of the other midweek specials they offer. If you’re looking for an affordable mid week treat in a sophisticated setting, this is an ideal restaurant to try. Check out their site here for more information and contact details. A big thank you to Brown’s for inviting me along!