Restaurant Review: Brook's, Brighouse
Brook’s is serving up some incredible modern, seasonal small plates in Brighouse. Go here with a big appetite because you’re going to want to order the whole menu!
I first heard about Brook’s after reading Jay Rayner’s review, and instantly added it to my list of places to visit. Since then I’ve seen so many people on my insta visiting Brook’s and always have fomo after seeing all the pictures of their delicious food. I’m not sure why it’s taken me over a year to finally book a table, but it was certainly worth the wait.
The vibe of the restaurant is warm and friendly, and it felt like a relaxed dining experience and environment. The staff were amazing throughout, taking time to talk us through the menu, and were very attentive and helpful.
I’m not drinking at the moment and was really pleased to see they have a no/low alcohol section on the menu. It’s great to see more and more restaurants doing this, and offering something a bit more interesting than a coke or lemonade for non-alcohol drinkers. I went for a Royal Flush kombucha, not a brand I’ve had before, but really enjoyed it.
If you’ve read any of my previous restaurant reviews, you’ll know I love tapas and sharing food. When you’re faced with a menu full of delicious sounding food, I really enjoy being able to order lots of different things to try. At Brook’s it was really hard deciding what to order, everything was so tempting, so make sure you visit here with a big appetite.
Malt bread, caramelised onion butter
Goat’s cheese profiterole, truffle honey
Lindisfarne oyster, shallot & raspberry vinaigrette
Chicken liver parfait, rhubarb & thyme chutney, brioche
Burrata, butterbeans, sundried tomato, fennel & olive oil pesto
Skate wing, caper butter, charred lemon
Pork cheek, kale & white wine cream, fazzoletti, parmesan
Triple cooked potatoes, miso salt, marmite mayonnaise
Starting with the nibbles… the bread was amazing! It comes out hot, and is so soft and so tasty. The caramelised onion butter had a strong sweet onion flavour, and there was plenty of this to go with the bread. I’m not a huge fan of goat cheese, and I can’t eat raw fish at the moment, but my friend assured me that the profiterole and oyster are not to be missed!
We tried to order a good mix of different sharing plates, with some veggie / fish / meat options. There are about 12 different plates on the menu to choose from, and the waitress suggested that we order 2-3 per person.
First up was the parfait and burrata. The chicken liver parfait came with a mini brioche loaf, and a rhubarb & thyme chutney. The parfait was smooth and rich, and paired perfectly with the sweet soft brioche and tart chutney. I especially liked the rhubarb chutney.
The burrata was an easy choice to order, I love it! This was delicious with the butter beans, sun dried tomatoes and pesto, and the orange peel on top of the burrata was a wonderful addition.
The other three dishes we ordered were equally as tasty… the triple cooked potatoes were so crunchy, and just so moorish, and I loved the marmite mayo for dipping them in. Skate wing is something I’ve not had before, or at least not that I can remember. But this is a dish I won’t be forgetting any time soon. The fish was served in a caper butter and is a must order if this is still on the menu when you visit. And finally the pork cheek which was so soft it just melted in the mouth. The pork, pasta, parmesan, kale and creamy sauce were the perfect combination.
We ordered a dessert to share, but we were so full from all the other food that we didn’t quite manage to finish it. We had a ginger sponge which came with a caramel sauce, pineapple, and rum ice cream. They had a few options for dessert which all sounded amazing, so make sure you leave room for pudding!
This was one of the best meals I’ve had in ages, and as Brook’s update their menu seasonally, I’ll certainly be going back to try their new plates. They also do a Sunday brunch menu which I need to try out!
If you’re in Yorkshire, Brook’s is a must visit for some absolutely incredible food.