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Sleek, pale surrounds and a concise menu focus minds on the pleasures of the Basque kitchen at “cute” Donostia – the other name for the culinary powerhouse that is San Sebastián. Here, the art of the Spanish snack is elevated with white plates and neat, pretty presentation, although carefully sourced ingredients are at the heart of the open bar and kitchen. There’s a touch of luxe in a special of mackerel tartare with avruga or char-grilled ibérico pork shoulder surrounded by dollops of romesco sauce, and while it’s not all spot-on, there’s enough good stuff to justify (occasionally) hefty bills – don’t miss the tortilla (“an eggy revelation”) or the triple-cooked chips with brava sauce. Well-matched drinks are very much part of proceedings – the owners deal in wine and offer sound guidance for sherry and specially imported cider too. Fantastically accommodating staff also understand “old-school manners”.


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  1. 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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  1. Published : Monday, 11 February 2013

    FoodiesOnTheProwl FoodiesOnTheProwl :: Donostia, Jan 2013

    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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  1. Published : Thursday, 19 July 2012

    Saying it straight :: Fancy a Basque?

    I’m getting to like Seymour Place. It’s like an alternative Marylebone, full of interesting shops and cafes but just that little bit off the beaten track...
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  1. Published : Sunday, 14 April 2013

    SamTheFoodFan :: Donostia

    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...
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