Donostia: Spanish restaurant in Marylebone focusing on Basque cuisine
When my friend suggested meeting for dinner at Donostia, I instantly agreed based on the name alone. Donostia is the Basque name of
- a gorgeous city on
the coast of northern San Sebastian where I have some happy memories of days spent on the beautiful beaches and evenings wandering around various tapas bars sampling pintxos. I like to think of Basque cuisine
as Spanish food with a twist and I certainly saw that at this little namesake
restaurant in Marylebone on Spain Seymour Place.
The food is flawless and there is a touch of creativity in every dish. For instance, the croquetas were made of Panko crumbs rendering them light and airy and probably the best that I’ve had in
We also tried the pan con tomates – toasted bread covered in luscious juicy tomatoes and a divine spinach and cod tortilla.
|Pan con tomates|
The star of the show was the rib-eye steak - succulent rare meat with foie gras - an utterly decadent combination. And of course I couldn't resist ordering a lemon tart. The bill did add up with the wine but without that, the food portion came up to around £20 which is quite a decent amount. Interestingly, the head chef used to work at Barrafina - one of my favourite restaurants in
. No wonder I liked all the food! London
|O'Shea's Rib-Eye Steak with Foie Gras|
What I really liked was the service and ambiance of Donostia. For example, when I called to make a reservation, they were full - pretty much a given on a Saturday night in
. But then the front of
house, Melody said they keep some bar stools free at the chef's counter for walk-ins. She then gave us a call about 10 minutes before some seats were free –
quite a easy and easy painless process compared to waiting for an hour in line
at other places. It was refreshing to have someone be so helpful and accommodating.
I later learned she was one of the owners of the restaurant. London
Donostia is a welcome addition to the burgeoning restaurant population in Marylebone. If you can't be bothered to queue for ages at Jose or Barrafina - I highly recommend Donostia. It’s got a quieter atmosphere than the restaurants in buzzing
Soho but sometimes that’s
exactly what you want.
Tel: 0203 6201 845