SquareMeal Review of
Donostia Social Club
This street-food and events company is a perfect fit for the hip environs of Brixton’s latest foodie draw – a jumble of shipping containers popping up for three years with the aim of supporting more start-up companies, village market-stylee. Pop’s vibe is inner-city glam: we felt like extras in Girls as we made our way past the throngs of 20-somethings in their festival best, music pumping around us. Happily, despite the general aura of cutting-edge cool, upstairs at Donostia staff are down-to-earth. Within minutes, you’re seated on a stool at the long (well-stocked) bar, menu and G&T in hand. This is a good-times restaurant that’s serious about its food: the short menu offers endless temptation, from pull-apart ibérico pork cheek with silky butterbean purée to specials including bouncy chunks of grilled octopus atop piles of sweetly stewed peppers. The tight, no-frills space somehow manages to look stylish. Alternatively, sit on the fairy-lit terrace and soak up the party atmosphere below.