About Ian Brown Food & Drink
I travelled for lunch at Ian Brown's from Dunfermline and I wasn't disappointed. The food and service were excellent and it was nicely busy with a good atmosphere; I had been worried that it might be very quiet at lunchtime but I was so wrong. Thank goodness I'd booked it
Delicious meal, great value for superb quality
Family-run Giffnock bistro
Run by the award-winning, eponymous chef and his wife, Ian Brown Restaurant is a relaxed and friendly neighbourhood hotspot. The décor is elegantly simple – check the Paul Hodgkiss hardwood fittings – and the service is informal and professional. The setting may be suburban but the cooking would give many a respected city centre restaurant a very stiff run for their money.
Locally sourced, freshly cooked from scratch
Local sourcing is central to the kitchen and every dish is cooked from scratch at Ian Brown Restaurant. The cooking is modern Scottish in that Scottish ingredients are proudly listed and then prepared using techniques and flavours from around the globe.
The menus change depending on the seasons and availability but typical starters might be the seared West Coast scallops on a potato rosti with coral and Noilly Prat sauce or the warm salad of chicken livers and strawberries with a Pedro Ximenez vinaigrette.
Main courses might be classically French like the grilled Perthshire pigeon breasts on a bed of Puy lentils with a mushroom cream sauce or more exotic – such as the poached brill strips in a lightly curried Sauvignon cream sauce. Those who like to keep it simple will appreciate choices like the pan-fried Scotch T-bone steak with chips, onion rings and tomato chutney
Giffnock transport links
Ian Brown Restaurant is on the A727, or Eastwoodmains Road, in Giffnock, south of Glasgow. The nearest train station is Williamwood. There is on-street parking by the restaurant.