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Donostia's head chef Tomasz Baranski is a Barrafina alumnus, and there are some obvious parallels between his first solo venture and the Soho stalwart – although Donostia's white-walled space is
larger and brighter, with table seating as well as a long bar and open kitchen. Baranski did a pre-launch tour of duty in the region around San Sebastián, where each pinxto bar is known for just
one speciality. Of course, the lack of compadres in Portman Village means Donostia has to excel at everything, and it generally succeeds: its pintxos are small, but yield treats such as
sherry-glazed foie gras in all its wobbly glory, while larger tapas range from cod cheeks in authentically glutinous sauce to tender pork atop umami-laden romesco. To drink, there are numerous
wines by the glass, including Basque favourite txakoli – correctly poured from a height into flat-bottomed drinking vessels.
We’d been to Donostia before and the experience left us wanting to try out more of their dishes. We finally had a chance to revisit and yet again it was a noteworthy experience. When we visited Donostia the first time we were impressed how well the owners and staff had settled into their new surroundings only weeks after opening its doors to the public. Donostia has moved on since then and received much critical acclaim from some high profile reviewers and we couldn’t agree more...
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There are some incredible Spanish tapas restaurants in London at the moment. The ones that immediately spring to mind are José, Pizarro and Barrafina all of which are fabulous in their own way. The latest tapas restaurant to burst onto the London scene is Donostia, named after the Basque word for the Spanish foodie mecca that we all know and love as San Sebastian. Head chef is Tomasz Baranski who use to run Barrafina and Fino, both of which are owned by the hugely successful restaurateur brothers Sam and Eddie Hart...
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Donostia is the Basque word for San Sebastián. Anyone who is passionate about food will know that San Sebastián in the Basque region of Spain has the most Michelin starred restaurants per capita. Donostia is also a tapas restaurant situated just behind Marble Arch. I love sharing food because that way I can get a taste of lots of different things. I'm also greedy and often have plate envy, so tapas is a win/win situation for me. Donostia has been on my radar for a while and I was even more excited to be eating there when I saw the pictures that Nigel Slater posted on Twitter earlier this week of the food he was eating there. I was looking forward to great food and a fantastic catch up with one of my besties...
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