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Donostia

10 Seymour Place, London, United Kingdom, W1H 7ND
Critics Review 13/20
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Opening Information

Reservations are taken for tables during lunch and dinner services. There are 10 dining stools around the open kitchen that are left free for walk-ins after 730pm so please always feel free to drop by. If all stools are occupied when you arrive, the reservations manager can take your number and call you when something becomes available. Please note that we usually have two sittings so may respectfully ask for your table back after two hours

Facilities
  • Outside Seating Area
  • Gluten Free Available
  • Business Lunch

About Donostia

Basque restaurant serving pintxo, tapas and unique wines

Cuisine: French, Spanish, Tapas
Dress Code: Smart Casual
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Critics Review
Review by Andy Hayler
13/20
Donostia is the Basque word for San Sebastian, the north-western coastal city that is the foodie heart of Spain and is famous for its pintxo (tapas) bars. This particular restaurant is in the slightly less exotic location of Marble Arch, in a quiet street not far from Oxford Street. Its chef Tomasz Barranski previously cooked at Barrafina, though he was not at service when I visited. The dining room was quite small and sparsely decorated, with an open kitchen at one side of the room. The short wine list had detailed notes on each wine, prices starting at £17 but including a few grander selections. El Cortijo De La Vieja Iniza Four Cepas Tierra Laujar Alpujarra 2009 was £22 for a wine you can find in the high street for £12, Psi 2009 from Pingus was £70 for a wine that will set you back £29 in a shop, and Remirez de Ganuza 2005 was £105 for a wine that retails at £53. Bread was bought in from a bakery I had not come across, and was uninspired. Leek, egg, apple and mayonaisse salad (£2.50) was served on a piece of toast, and was heavy on the mayonnaise and too light on the apple, so was rather too rich (12/20). Jabugo ham (£18) is a top class pata negra and is of course a bought-in product, but the carving of the ham makes a difference, and here it did not seem particularly skilled, with too many rather hard pieces served. In San Sebastian the pinxtos bar Nestor serves the most famous tortilla in town, and I had by chance eaten this very tortilla just a few weeks before my visit here. The Donostia version (£5.50) was actually a very respectable rendition, served warm with a nicely balanced filling, the egg, potato and onion carefully cooked (14/20). Patatas bravas (£3.50) was much less good, the chips, which according to the menu were triple cooked but didn’t taste like it, were rather pale and soggy, served with a pleasant tomato sauce (11/20). The meat dishes were on surer ground. Pluma (pork shoulder at £12.50) was carefully cooked and had very good flavour and texture, served with a punchy Romesco sauce (14/20). Quail (£10.50) with slices of pickled vegetables (such as courgette) was itself very good, the quail cooked through nicely and served whole, but the pickled vegetables, a logical enough pairing, had rather too much vinegar, the sourness rather dominating the dish (still 13/20 due to the enjoyable quail). Lemon tart (£5) with summer fruit sauce and a couple of raspberries as garnish was very good, the pastry having pleasing texture and the lemon filling well constructed, rich but with enough acidity from the lemon to balance (14/20). Figs (£6.50) with vanilla cream were pleasant, though after eating figs from the markets in the Mediterranean it is always sad to compare the ones that we have to put up with in England. My main issue was that these figs, which were actually quite good by English standards, did not need the orange zest with them, which was rather distracting and detracted from the dish, at least to my taste (12/20). Coffee (£2.50) was a little on the bitter side. Service was friendly enough though pretty casual e.g. drinks were topped up irregularly, and staff did not seem to always know who had ordered what; not a big deal in a tapas bar, but what was more irritating was that we turned up for an early lunch at noon (which is the time that their web site said that they opened) only to be told that the kitchen didn't start operations until 12:30 - restaurants really need to be aware that in this day and age customers are relying on the accuracy of their web sites. The bill came to £40 a head for three dishes each plus dessert, with only tap water (and a coffee) to drink. This is not unreasonable in the evening, but at lunch there are no obvious concessions, and at lunchtime many much grander London restaurants than here offer set meals for a lower price. Still, Donostia is a pleasant if slightly inconsistent addition to the already quite extensive list of capable tapas bars in London.
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Visited On Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Very enjoyable evening.

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Visited On Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Always great, the team are delightful and the food amazing.

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Visited On Saturday, 17 March 2018

Really enjoyed a post theatre supper

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Visited On Saturday, 17 March 2018

The choices on the list of daily specials could be more evenly spread between vegetarian, fish and meat. The air extrator in the restaurant is not efficient, clothes smell of cooking each time we left the restaurant. Staff is amazing, in particular, Sara - she is always beaming when someone walks into the restaurant.

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Visited On Thursday, 15 March 2018

Wonderful evening ..:

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Visited On Saturday, 10 March 2018

Year after year Donestia remains consistently wonderful!

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Visited On Wednesday, 07 March 2018

Nice restaurant with authentic Spanish food. pleasant atmosphere

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Visited On Thursday, 08 March 2018

Had a delicious meal and a lovely evening. Thank you!

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Visited On Friday, 09 March 2018

Our table was cleared while we were in the washroom and we were told to leave. We still had wine left in our glasses and we were rushed out. Very disappointed as it was a special night. We have visited the restaurant for many years but first time we Had such an experience.

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Visited On Thursday, 08 March 2018

Fantastic food

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Visited On Friday, 02 March 2018

Amazing food and warmest service in London by a mile...

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Visited On Thursday, 22 February 2018

Daily specials were good. Red prawns were microscopic and over cooked. Generally overpriced for everything (like most tapas/pintxo places in London. Staff were keen and helpful. Went before the theatre so atmosphere was v quiet.

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Visited On Thursday, 22 February 2018

Not good, not bad, only disappointing

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Visited On Wednesday, 21 February 2018

A personal favourite! Highly recommended.

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Visited On Tuesday, 20 February 2018

One of our favourite restaurants in London. Luckily we live nearby so we get to go to it quite regularly!

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Visited On Saturday, 17 February 2018

Wonderful long lunch; exciting and delicious food, and delightful service. Highly recommended - even for pescatarians!

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Visited On Saturday, 17 February 2018

Great food, drink and atmosphere

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Visited On Thursday, 15 February 2018

I have already complaint, with no response. I like the place and the food is nice, although small portions. The reason for low scoring is based on the terrible hangover we had the four of us, just drinking two bottles of red wine

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Visited On Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Excellent experience as always. Table ready when we arrived and excellent food and service. My favourite place in London for special dates! Jose Luis

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Visited On Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Excellent service, lovely staff and most importantly AMAZING food! I love Basque food a lot and I left feeling very satisfied.

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Visited On Sunday, 11 February 2018

Really loved the meat!!

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Visited On Friday, 09 February 2018

Both the standard menu and the daily specials are delicious.

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Visited On Friday, 09 February 2018

Delicious food

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Visited On Friday, 02 February 2018

Excellent dinner and wine, full 5 star experience! Very good service! Highly recommended!

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Visited On Saturday, 03 February 2018

The online booking didn’t work if just would like to amend the content

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