I’d had Good Brothers, the wine bar on Dean Street, in my crosshairs for quite a while so when the opportunity arose for a little midweek get together with friends I jumped at chance for a visit.
This was not the first time I’d popped in to the place, but it was the first time I’d eaten. On previous trips, my only niggle was one that carried over from its previous incarnation as The Bon Vivant Stockbridge in that the atmosphere was just a little too understated for my tastes. We found things on rather livelier form though, this evening.
I was joined by Alan, who previously quested at Nur, and Rachel who’s a regular quester of long standing.
We drank wines by the glass from their well-curated selection, which has a strong emphasis on natural wines. I barely looked at the list instead relying upon recommendations from our attentive waiter. He kept us on a sure footing.
Given there were three of us I proposed that we ordered one each of the seven dishes on offer. They arrived as they were ready in tapas style.
First up was some rosemary focaccia which was beautifully fresh and proved excellent for mopping up the various subsequent sauces.
Next we had some polenta fries with garlic mayo. This was another strong dish. The braised baby gem lettuce salad that followed was splendid.
We then moved on to slightly heartier dishes with an excellent cauliflower steak and some good quality chorizo topped with crisp shredded potato.
The devilled pigeon in toast was another winner of a dish and the tagliatelle carbonara to conclude was very well crafted. It had been a very impress parade of food with not a weak dish in sight.
So overall, Good Brothers served us a memorably good meal. The mood is still understated and classy, but this struck me as a vibe that works well for romance with evidence of several couples that looked like they were on first dates. Whatever the case it’s a place you should add to your list for a visit as their food is excellent and their wine list packed with interesting drops to try.
Blythe scores Good Brothers
4.5/5 for food
4/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 16.5/20
Today’s questers were: Alan, Rachel, Blythe
We ate: focaccia, polenta fries, braised lettuce salad, pigeon on toast, tagliatelle with pancetta, cauliflower steak, chorizo
We drank: several wines in various colours
We wore: subtly elegant threads
Total bill: £117.10
Address: 4-6 Dean Street, EH4 1LW