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Native at Browns

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SquareMeal Review of Native at Browns

Silver Award

Fusing high fashion with haute cuisine is Native at Browns. Stylish plates mark the union as a seamless partnership of two lifestyle brands looking to give guests a luxurious but laidback experience.

The monthly set menu gives you snacks, starters, mains and desserts for around £60 per head. If you can, leave time to enjoy a cocktail before dinner. The seaweed martini is nuanced and well balanced with complexity far beyond the usual, while a blackberry sour is smooth and comes with the silkiest frothed top.

Beautiful little bites of ‘wasting snacks’ begin things, making use of ingredients otherwise destined for the compost heap. Duck offcuts find their way into dinky tacos while venison scraps are braised and snuggled into buttery pastry tarts. Elsewhere little cups of compost broth taste of the allotment, tomato-rich and warm.

The enthusiastic team make no hesitation in letting us know that their favourite dish is coming up next. Big expectations are met with a plate of colourful trout ceviche layered with hyper-seasonal accents of herbaceous Alexander and bright rhubarb. It’s a big statement, but it’s the perfect starter: robustly fresh. An honourable mention also goes to the flatbread with a smoky harissa pigeon kebab that is lifted with the char of the grill and a sweet and sour cabbage slaw.

Not everything is gulp-it-down good, some things are complex and interesting and need to be savoured, demanding a little more than a single bite. Some things – also – are challenging. There’s the sea buckthorn sour, which for all its merits is a bit intense on foraged flavour for us and the artichoke mille-feuille which felt a step too far (perhaps we’re just not there yet on our culinary journey). The little camping sticks topped with truffle balls wrapped in meringue ‘fluff’, however, lit the childhood fire in us.

Ironically this is cooking that’s confident enough to not follow fad fashions, which as we know is the true sign of a trend setter.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
British
Ambience
Cool, Fine dining, Luxury, Unique
Food Occasions
Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating
Special Features
Gluten-free options, Vegetarian options
People
Birthdays, Dates, Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

About

A favourite amongst those 'in the know’, Native can be found nestled inside Browns luxury fashion store in the centre of London. Located at the Brook Street site, this is the label's first ever foray into hospitality, and if Instagram is anything to go by it's been a popular move.

Happy to stand out from the crowd, the team at Native pride themselves in “preserving Britain’s culinary heritage”, which translates to a seasonal focus and an obsessive sourcing of locally farmed and foraged ingredients. Their mantra is a simple one, namely whatever grows together goes together. While no two days are ever the same with a menu that flexes with the months, combinations are always fresh and vibrant. Think brown crab with heritage grains and mairac apple, and celeriac with Marmite beurre blanc and pickled walnut. While presentation isn’t fussy, it is beautiful, with the kitchen team often making use of edible flowers and wild herbs for a final flourish.

At the helm of this climate conscious project is a powerhouse duo: Ivan Tisdall-Downes and Imogen Davis. Tisdall-Downes is self-taught, with a CV which includes time at The River Cottage and a stint on BBC’s Great British Menu. Davis was championed by critic Grace Dent, who selected her as one of ’10 people to watch in the food industry’ and is passionate about her hunter gatherer outlook on souring food.

Sustainability has also been thought through in the restaurant’s setting, which celebrates traditional craftmanship. The project has been overseen by design studio Red Deer, who have gathered a collection of artisanal and handmade items to create a laidback, relaxed atmosphere. There’s also a quiet courtyard which feels like a well-kept secret, perfect for warm weather catch up with friends.

Drinks span natural wines through to signature cocktails with complex herbaceous flavours.


FAQs

Where is it located?

You can find Native inside Browns fashion store in Mayfair, at the Brook Street site.

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Is there outdoor dining available?

Yes, there's a courtyard with plenty of seating. There is also an indoor dining room.

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What is the menu like?

The menu is seasonally focused, so is constantly changing. Expect lots of foraged ingredients and seafood cooked simply and presented beautifully.

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Are there gluten-free options on the menu?

Yes there are gluten-free options on the menu.

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Location

39 Brook Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 4JE

020 7549 5999 020 7549 5999

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Opening Times

Breakfast
Mon Closed
Tue 10:00-12:00
Wed 10:00-12:00
Thu 10:00-12:00
Fri 10:00-12:00
Sat 10:00-12:00
Sun Closed
Lunch
Mon Closed
Tue 12:30-14:30
Wed 12:30-14:30
Thu 12:30-14:30
Fri 12:30-14:30
Sat 12:30-14:30
Sun Closed
Dinner
Mon Closed
Tue 17:00-21:00
Wed 17:00-21:00
Thu 17:00-21:00
Fri 17:00-21:00
Sat 17:00-21:00
Sun Closed

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Jeananne M

28 November 2022  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

A wonderful meal every time. Varied menu. Friendly staff. 

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