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Squaremeal London Hot 100 2016This “marvellous” Basque kitchen has always served the food and drink of San Sebastián and its environs against a backdrop of purest white, with touches of grained wood and marble – although it’s now reaping the benefit of a 2016 refurb. The food doesn’t need much flattery, even if the act of pouring natural Basque cider from great heights does add a certain ceremony to the experience. Excellent charcuterie dominates the selection of cold plates, while pintxos could be foie gras with walnuts and PX vinegar, jamón croquetas or tempura prawns with ham and mango. Bigger tapas dishes give meat and fish a starring role, as in Ibérico pork shoulder with romesco sauce, crispy-fried cod cheeks with squid-ink aïoli or marinated quail with spinach, pancetta and truffle oil. There are classic extras including blistered Padrón peppers and masterfully made tortilla too. Donostia’s owners started out in the wine import trade, and there’s quality in every glass.

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Donostia

10 Seymour Place ,London W1H 7ND

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Never disappointing

by   bronze reviewer (9)

Aug 2015

Editor's pick I have been to this restaurant a lot. Over time one would expect a restaurant to lift off the accelerator yet this charming boutique Spanish restaurant continues to charm and come up with the goods. A typical example of what can and should happen in London with an owner led restaurant. The food is never less than deliciously satisfying and the enthusiasm of the owner and staff is palpable.

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 8

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Donostia

10 Seymour Place ,London W1H 7ND

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Delightful Donostia

by   platinum reviewer (51)

Sep 2013

On the first autumnal evening (torrential rain, cold, grey, true London) this year, I escaped into this little gem in Marylebone (more Marble Arch end of Oxford St). Donostia is an attractive, contemporary, cute restaurant with fine fine Basque cooking. The owner is an ex-Barrafina chef, so this establishment is a serious contender for the best tapas in London. The atmosphere was buzzy, warm and had that bonhomie, that is often hard to find in London city. We were seated by the window (best table...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 10

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Donostia

10 Seymour Place ,London W1H 7ND

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by   (1)

Mar 2013

Visited here with my boyfriend for the second time in as many weeks. On the previous occasion we reserved a table but opted for the bar the second time-its where the action is. Sitting on the dining bar we could see the chefs preparing various dishes in the open plan kitchen and kept adding to our order. We are big fans of Spanish food and all agreed their croquettas were the best we ever had. We also had the mini wagyu burger and chorizo from the menu. The Tapas dishes were more elaborate, we had...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 10

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Donostia

10 Seymour Place ,London W1H 7ND

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Tapas with attitude

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Feb 2013

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Perhaps this restauraunt is trying to hard to bring Spanish culture to London. The great melting pot is always open to a new bill of fayre but the British punter expects to be treated with a certain amount of decorum. This tapas emporium falls woefully short of the mark on service and civility. It started with a phone call in the morning asking for a further confirmation and a prod at punctuality. After leaving our drinks venue, the admirable Vino Tecca just across the road we arrived for our reservation...

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  • Food & Drink: 6
  • Service: 4
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 6

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Donostia

10 Seymour Place ,London W1H 7ND

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by   (3)

Aug 2012

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As we say in Malay, ‘bak cendawan tumbuh selepas hujan’ which translates to ‘like mushrooms sprouting after the rain’. The tapas culture has hit London like a storm. I am constantly on the lookout for good tapas places, not only for food but for the wine, atmosphere and people too. Tucked in a little side street that connects at Seymour Place with Upper Berkeley Street in Marylebone, Donostia joined the London tapas arena early this year. Initially visiting on a friend’s recommendation, I have since...

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 9

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Donostia

10 Seymour Place ,London W1H 7ND

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by   (3)

Aug 2012

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Went here for the first time last week and my three friends and we left very impressed. We went for dinner which was busy – this place definitely has a buzz about it. We started off with a bottle of txakoli and some ‘pintxos’ which are small tapas. Croquettas are so creamy we had to order more. We also tried the foie gras drizzled with a sweet sauce – we also ended up reordering this – it was delicious. For the tapas I had read about the cod cheeks in The Independent so they were a must try, very...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 9

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10 Seymour Place ,London W1H 7ND

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by   (1)

Aug 2012

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I came to this new spanish restaurant to try it with 4 friends. It's dissappointing. The room looks good, and is nicely decorated but the food and the service is just not there. We ordered plenty of tapas (chorizo, patatas bravas, squid, jamon iberico …) and 5 main courses including two bottle of wine. We ended up with a bill of 40£/person and were still a bit hungry. Tapas quality for their price is really average, I would not call it good compared to what you can get in San-Sebastian. Worse...

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  • Food & Drink: 6
  • Service: 3
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 4

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10 Seymour Place ,London W1H 7ND

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by   silver reviewer (28)

Jul 2012

Visited on a very unusually hot day (for our terrible London Summer so far) and the restaurant was pretty packed outside but less than half full inside. Thought this to be strange as I've heard the Chef has been poached from Barrafina (one of my faves). The food was a mixed bag. Nothing was awful but it ranged from excellent to so so. usual staples such as the Patas Bravas and Tortilla were exactly as expected and well executed (very authentic and done in the Basque way). the mains such as the pigeon...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 7

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10 Seymour Place ,London W1H 7ND

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by   (1)

Jul 2012

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I have visited the basque region of Spain a few times so I was interested to know what this new restaurant had to offer. Would I get the pil pil cod I had hoped for? Or the selection of meats specific to the region?? the answer is yes. The pil pil cod is a must have. The tortilla is crispy on the outside, gooey in the middle, and the croquettas are mouth wateringly good!! The meat selection comes from the kintoa pig and is authentic. Not only does it feel like the food was just served up in a basque...

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 9

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by   bronze reviewer (6)

Jul 2012

Generally an informal compact dining spot with a very contemporary feel. Basque style tapas were decent but not amazing as you find in San Sebastian Spain. Cod cheeks were overrated – 6/10. Pork Shoulder excellent and made perfectly 9/10 and pigeon executed well 8/10 as was the prawn with mango. Didin't try tortilla or tongue. The rest of our tapas selection were the normal everywhere tapas at most tapas restaurants including chirizo (much better elsewhere), coquettes (very good and full of fat),...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 6

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    Donostia, a tapas restaurant has its roots steeped in the Basque region of Spain. It is a stylish little number, with dark wood floors providing a contrast to the restaurant’s long, sleek and white interior. Donostia rings with a comfortable and contemporary casualness, and has a menu that lists many temptations. Located on trendy Seymour Place, it is neighbours with its sister restaurant Lurra, which I also visited last year.
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