Monday, March 05, 2007
I thought that I would do my bit to promote local business today as I know that a lot of the people who read (but don't comment) are local.
Drymen used to have an Indian restaurant that did meals and carryouts. The food was fine but the restaurant was very dark and a bit musty - not somewhere you would want to go in the daytime and to be honest, not really nice enough for a treat either. A while ago the building went on fire and the business closed.
I was hoping that it would become a kind of nice lunch dining place like Ramsays in Bridge of Allan or Kemble & Jones in Glasgow - somewhere that I could meet friends for a civilised, light and not too pricey lunch.
To be honest I was rather miffed when I heard that it was going to be a "fine dining place" with "contemporary scottish cuisine". Rumours began to circulate about how expensive it was going to be.
I was very disappointed. How often do I get to go somewhere like that? I miss having somewhere that I can eat out every month, not just at birthdays and wedding anniversaries.
Well, last week Mum and I had lunch there - they have a set lunch - 2 courses and coffee for £11.95 and (always a sign of a good place I think) they aren't fussed if you order tap water. Well it was fantastic, the food was delicious, the mustiness has gone and has been transformed into an brown and cream elegance. And did I mention the food?
I think that the price is excellent - less than I spend in Ramsays on the equivalent. The appalling thing was that there was no-one else there. The service is so friendly and downbeat that it did't feel odd, but if it continues for long then presumably the restaurant will not carry on.
So use it or lose it. Browns isn't just expensive fine dining - you can do lunch there. You can do lunch there to a budget. I am looking through my address book as I speak for people that I really need to meet for lunch.
The more observant of you will notice that the website is meant to be up today - well it is but it needs some glitches removed (long story). Email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you want the address to see what a glitchy website looks like!
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