The Don Restaurant

333

"EXCELLENT"

15 reviews

The Courtyard, 20 St. Swithins Lane , London, EC4N 8AD

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020 7626 2606

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The Don Restaurant
The Don Restaurant
The Don Restaurant
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The Don Restaurant
The Don Restaurant
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The Don Restaurant
The Don Restaurant
The Don Feb 2016 7
The Don Restaurant
The Don Restaurant
The Don Restaurant
The Don Restaurant

SquareMeal Review of The Don Restaurant

333

"EXCELLENT"

SquareMeal award hall of fame 1999-2018 logo badgeHead chef Frederick Forster (ex-Gavroche and Ritz) has breathed new life into this atmospherically located City stalwart, which for all its modern minimalism (the dining room is impressively hung with John Hoyland’s abstract artwork) opened way back in 2001. To start, rabbit lasagne has firm layers of al dente pasta sitting in a diverting velouté of roasted cep, or there is a beautifully presented arrangement of white and brown crab meat to spoon onto blinis with caviar. Grouse in season is beautifully flavoured, brilliantly cooked and thoughtfully de-boned by the kitchen, its liver made into a silky smooth parfait, a jug of fabulous bread sauce on the side. A blackberry soufflé the colour of a dark rose offers similar proof that Forster knows how to balance modern luxury with traditional comfort, while widely spaced tables and smooth, polite service reassure City diners that they’re in safe hands. The superior wine list is packed with port, sherry and Madeira, alongside bottles from the owners’ Kiwi vineyard Trinity Hill (they also own The Bleeding Heart in Farringdon). For a less formal experience, the downstairs bistro has steak tartare and coq au vin, while the bar serves 30 wines by the glass alongside Adnams beer and croque monsieurs; you can drop in for breakfast, too.  

Special offers from The Don Restaurant

Festive menu: 3 courses £47

From: 26 November 2018

To: 21 December 2018

Max: 6

From a set menu.

Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

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The Don Restaurant Location

The Courtyard, 20 St. Swithins Lane , London EC4N 8AD

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020 7626 2606

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Opening times

Mon-Fri 12N-3pm 6-10pm

The Don Restaurant's Reviews

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Food & Drink: 7.6

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Service: 7.1

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Atmosphere: 7.3

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Value: 6.5

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Food + drink: 5

Service: 5

Atmosphere: 5

Value: 4

Gold Reviewer
27 July 2016

Nothing to complain about here, excellent food, excellent service - what more could you ask for. A little on the pricey side but where isn't these days in London. I had the monkfish tail wrapped in pancetta which wa absolutely superb, so often monkfish is overcooked and rubbery but this was perfect - washed down with a glass of Champagne - a little bit of heaven!

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Food + drink: 3

Service: 3

Atmosphere: 3

Value: 2

12 January 2015

I hadn’t been to the Don in some years, and vaguely remembered it as good quality, if expensive. We were four and booked into an early slot. I like the theatre of restaurants: so the discreet location, the corner wine cellar, the white tablecloths, the sommelier decanting the top Rioja, the carving up of the chateaubriand, the cheese trolley, all these confirmed my view of the way the world should be. The starter foie gras was presented as slices of sausage, tasty enough but hard and cold. I would have preferred it softer and room temperature (or even grilled). The artichoke veloute was pronounced “lovely” (though she did not finish it, on grounds of quantity). The accompanying bread of good quality, but if there was a wholemeal option in the basket, I missed it. The chateaubriand was the main success, adjudged huge, juicy and gorgeous; the venison was good but rather chewier than I had hoped. The nicely-sized crème brule and the chocolate-filled ginger sponge were both full successes. I left the restaurant feeling comfortably full, but also that once again the food had been fully priced.

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Food + drink: 3

Service: 3

Atmosphere: 3

Value: 2

12 January 2015

I hadn’t been to the Don in some years, and vaguely remembered it as good quality, if expensive. We were four and booked into an early slot. I like the theatre of restaurants: so the discreet location, the corner wine cellar, the white tablecloths, the sommelier decanting the top Rioja, the carving up of the chateaubriand, the cheese trolley, all these confirmed my view of the way the world should be. The starter foie gras was presented as slices of sausage, tasty enough but hard and cold. I would have preferred it softer and room temperature (or even grilled). The artichoke veloute was pronounced “lovely” (though she did not finish it, on grounds of quantity). The accompanying bread of good quality, but if there was a wholemeal option in the basket, I missed it. The chateaubriand was the main success, adjudged huge, juicy and gorgeous; the venison was good but rather chewier than I had hoped. The nicely-sized crème brule and the chocolate-filled ginger sponge were both full successes. I left the restaurant feeling comfortably full, but also that once again the food had been fully priced.

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