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Donostia

10 Seymour Place, London, United Kingdom, W1H 7ND
Critics Review 10/10
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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
It'll never match a night out in San Sebastián, but it's a damned fine try
10/10
Walking towards Donostia, , we pass a pair of natty, pointed men's shoes at an artful angle outside a Marylebone boutique. It looks as though a dapper, window-shopping elf has spontaneously-combusted. Nearly as curious is the fact that a Serbian chap, an English gal and a Polish chef have opened a restaurant specialising in the cuisine of San Sebastián – aka Donostia. San Sebastián is the heaven that I want to die and go to. It's the foodie equivalent of sex tourism – a place to indulge unjudged. The city has a fewMichelin-starred big hitters, but the hardcore sensationalist is here for the txikiteo, or bar crawl. The locals have a snifter and a pintxo in each; foreigners eat themselves into seven kinds of oblivion. Because they can. The difference between this and a carnival of all-you-can-eat buffets is that everything you try – every beef cheek, every sliver of Ibérico, every plancha'd wild mushroom – will be ambrosial. Of course, it's not just Donostia's parentage that isn't Donostian, but the fact that you're here for actual dinner. In San Sebastián, you'd have tortilla in Nestor, an anchovy or two in Txepetxa and wild mushrooms in Gambara. So we attempt to recreate a txikiteo in the one restaurant, by eating everything on the menu apart from deep-fried prawns with mango that sound a bit Berni Inn, and by drinking tourist quantities of wines, from young txacoli, poured from a height into wide tumblers to give it extra "life", to godello, described accurately as having notes of peach, anise and ripe apple (owners Nemanja Borjanovic and Melody Adams are wine importers). There's Basque cider, too. It appears from the bill that we have quite a few corkers, but details are a little, um, hazy. There's some top stuff here. Meat is a particular strength. Pluma, that lusciously-marbled cut of Iberian pig here described as "shoulder" (it's a bit more complicated than that) is lustworthy: smoky crust, juicy, rosy-pink centre, with a romesco of roast peppers and almonds. Lamb chops are equally good, chomped like lollipops from their charred wee bones; and steak is from O'Shea's, which is as good as having "bloody gorgeous" branded on to its flank. You can book a table, but the little open kitchen fringed with stools is for walk-ins, so you can watch the ham-carving, frying and emulsion-whisking. A special of a blowsy courgette flower, its petals swollen with creamy goat's cheese, is fried until lacy and crisp. Croquetas – as good a benchmark for a Spanish restaurant as the equally deceptively simple carbonara is for an Italian one – are sexy little balls generously studded with jamón, or with prawns in a shellfish béchamel that's as pungent as lobster bisque. Tortilla is identical to the one at Barrafina, where chef Tomasz Baranski worked before, and is a miracle of engineering: its outside firm and fluffy, its innards sticky with caramelised onion and oozing. Maybe they're equally ace at fish? Cod cheeks pil-pil deliver slithery little dollops in a chilli-kissed sauce, an emulsification of olive oil and the fish's juices. It's better than many I've had in the homeland: less challengingly gelatinous. Deep-fried txipirones, the weeniest baby squid, are pleasingly crunchy and greasy: the ultimate bar snack. And there's a miraculous rendition of cuttlefish on arroz nero: the cephalopod as tender as marshmallow, the inky rice wonderfully intense. Servings are typically small, and overindulgence can see bills mount from mild ouch to actual physical pain. Baranski has worked at two San Sebastián restaurants, the trad Urepel and the more rock'n'roll, wagyu burger-toting A Fuego Negro. Perhaps in "Portman Village" you might not be able to stagger from one great bar to the next (although Vinoteca over the road is pretty hot stuff), but given that everyone tries to ape the utopian ideal, Donostia may not be the head-scratcher it first seemed. The mystery of those shoes, however, remains.
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Visited On Saturday, 20 April 2019

Good food

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Visited On Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Very nice

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Visited On Tuesday, 16 April 2019

I love this restaurant. My only criticism is that it is a little cramped.

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Visited On Monday, 15 April 2019

Great Spanish tapas and the wine list is amazing

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Visited On Saturday, 13 April 2019

Great restaurant, fab food. Waitress a little keen and removed plates before you had quite finished.

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Visited On Friday, 12 April 2019

I very much enjoyed my meal at Donostia. The food was delicious and the setting comfortable.

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Visited On Friday, 12 April 2019

It had been a number of years since I visited Donostia and hoped the food and service would continue to be a delight. We both thoroughly enjoyed our lunch. The staff were very accommodating (very demanding lunch partner!!) and the food and wine was superb. Thank you!

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Visited On Thursday, 11 April 2019

Brilliant evening Thank you to all the staff who looked after us

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Visited On Thursday, 04 April 2019

Feedback: Decoraria las paredes con algun instrumento antiguo agricola o quizas colgar unas cebollas y ajos de las paredes para darle un toque mas acogedor y distintivo de la cocina espanola.

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Visited On Thursday, 04 April 2019

Been consistently excellent for many years and will be back soon

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Visited On Wednesday, 03 April 2019

Not keen on 2 sittings but guess you have to do that - otherwise really like it and the foood

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Visited On Monday, 25 March 2019

Food was very good. But we had to wait for 45 min for the last course.

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Visited On Saturday, 30 March 2019

Very tasty

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Visited On Thursday, 28 March 2019

Food was amazing. Real Basque food, I really felt at home and compared to other restaurants in London it really worths it. La comida excepcional, el servicio también. El ambiente era muy cálido y todo estaba muy cuidado. Soy de Bilbao y comer en Donostia fue como volver a casa.

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Visited On Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Very disappointed by the food and wine!

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Visited On Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Such an amazing restaurant - great food, fantastic atmosphere and such friendly staff. A must visit when in London!

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Visited On Saturday, 23 March 2019

Great as usual

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Visited On Wednesday, 20 March 2019

I invited customers from Japan. They were very satisfied with Basque foods and drinks.

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Visited On Monday, 18 March 2019

Excellent place - great recommendations by our waitress - a very good dinner

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Visited On Saturday, 16 March 2019

It was dismaying to find that the kitchen closed at 10pm on a Saturday. I mean, this is a Basque place and it really limited our joy.

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Visited On Saturday, 16 March 2019

No pressure, no rush, not cramped, staff attentive and very knowledgable. Just lovely, Peter.

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Visited On Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Lovely food. Good corkage price. Nice service. Excellent !

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Visited On Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Everything was very nice except the service. We had a dinner in the private room with 10 people and some dishes were additionally served and charged, although we did not order them. We complained later but was not accepted. We won't come back again.

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Visited On Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Lovely.

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Visited On Saturday, 09 March 2019

Really great meal. Loved sitting at the counter and the staff - particularly the lady cutting the ham all night - looked after us great

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