Monday, November 10, 2014
BROWNS: A RESTAURANT REVIEW
with an opportunity to indulge
It makes me chuckle when people display an air of surprise across their face at what I’m eating. It’s often assumed that because I’m a nutritionist I only eat, what traditionally would be categorised as, healthy food 100% of the time. I don’t believe in healthy/unhealthy foods per se, more healthy/unhealthy eating regimes or diets or lifestyles, etc. I tend to follow, and recommend, a realistic and sustainable 80/20 eating regime – 80% of the time I eat healthily and 20% of the time (for example eating out at the weekend or at an event) I treat myself to the food and drink I would usually avoid eating too frequently: crisps; sweets; chocolates; desserts; chips; Baileys; and creamy sauces to name my favourites. Last week, I decided to indulge at one of my favourite restaurants in Birmingham, Browns, and share afternoon tea with my friend.
I’ve always been impressed with the quality of the food, the service and the decadent atmosphere of Browns. The restaurant is perfectly situated within walking distance of the main Bullring shopping area, which makes it an ideal place to eat before or after some retail therapy. It overlooks the stunning St Martin’s Square and offers outdoor as well as indoor seating. Inside is tranquil and has a slightly rustic feel with a modern edge: a piano sits in the centre of the restaurant and photos of Birmingham’s heritage adorn the walls.
Afternoon tea is served between 2.30pm and 5pm and the fixed menu, at a reasonable cost of £16 for two, includes three tiers of beautifully presented, tasty food: a selection of delicately cut finger sandwiches including cucumber and cream cheese, smoked salmon and crème fraiche and egg and watercress; just enough mini desserts/cakes (salted caramel profiterole, Victoria sponge cake and Eton mess) to leave room for a generous sized fruit scone, which came with all the trimmings you’d expect with a cream tea – clotted cream and jam. You also get a large pot of tea with a choice of large leaf loose tea from Earl Grey to Rooibos, and unlimited hot water refills if you fancy a top-up.
What and where is your favourite restaurant?
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