Browns Socialhouse offers a sleekly well-designed yet casual atmosphere with warm, efficient and unpretentious service. The creative menu is comfort food inspired, fusing west coast cuisine with our very Vancouver ethnic influences. We offer a great selection of appetizers, full sized main courses and fun desserts, we also serve a delicious brunch menu on the weekends and holidays. Our signature center bar offers up a great meeting place for cocktails. Opening Winter 2011.
On the occasion of my wife's 29th birthday (again, she's apparently ageless), she is providing the details of her recent B-day dinner with her girlfiends (since I wasn't invited thank you very much).
Brown's is popular for it's cheap drinks which they of course indulged in since it was a B-day dinner. Wife started with a cup of French Onion soup which was too much packed into a too small of a cup to even eat without all the broth and contents overflowing.
Wife ordered a blackened fish burger which she said was surprisingly bland for a blackened fillet....and a bit overdone and dry to boot. Fries and coleslaw, hot and fresh and tangy respectively. Two of her friends ordered steak sandwiches, one medium rare and one well done (OMG, why even order a steak) which of course got switched when they came to the table probably because they were chattering too much and not paying attention to the waitress. Of course the two girls didn't noticed until they had already dug into their plates. But otherwise they were well received. The last of the quartet order a blackened chicken rice bowl which seemed to satisfy her. For dessert the four of them shared a slice of chocolate cake with a tangy raspberry layer.
Service was fine and despite a few glitches they enjoyed their dinner (cheap drinks help) and want to go back try Browns for breakfast next. I'm still not invited.....
My wife and I took a visiting chef and his wife out to the Lynn Valley Brown's location for a quick(just across the street from us) supper. We had never been before and wanted to check it out.
The chef was on his way to thailand to explore the cuisine there so he ordered a thai chicken and rice type thing. The waitress asked how hot he wanted it. The menu offered a 1 to 5 hot pepper rating so he ordered a 3.
Our meals came and we found them a little ho hum. After a few bites, Chef stopped being his usual jovial and entertaining self and fell silent. I asked if he was OK. he looked up at me, his face beet red and eyes watering. "I'm in distress" he managed to mutter.
After downing his beer and regaining his composure he explained that he had bitten into a whole raw pepper. We where both used to eating hot stuff so I was a little puzzled by his newfound lack of intestinal fortitude.
"No, this is really hot, you wouldn't believe it" He dug through his meal and fished out two other small and innocent looking whole peppers. Curious, I grabbed one and before he could say anything, ate it.
Within a few seconds I realized I had made a terrible mistake. A burning sensation enveloped my mouth and throat followed by an intense wave of nausea. Easily the hottest pepper either of us had ever eaten.
Chef could not believe anyone would be so stupid as to put such hot peppers into a dish without cutting them into the tiniest morsels first. "What if a child or a very old a frail person had eaten it?" We complained to the waitress, we knew it wasn't her fault of course and were very polite about it. No apology from her or manager.
Our night was ruined, we actually paid and went home.
The next day I came over and complained to the manager and his response was that they always serve the dish in that manner and so does everyone else. Wow! Stay away, very lame food and phoney atmosphere.
We have tried several of the menu items and have enjoyed all of them. Once, my son's burger was undercooked and even though I didn't notice until he had almost finished it, we were not charged for it. The manager appeared almost instantly and apologized and explained how the burgers are cooked, etc. The food and drinks are well priced and everything is very tasty. Just try to avoid the section at the back of the restaurant if you don't have small children; this seems to be where they put the families so it can be a bit noisy with restless little kids.