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The Don Restaurant & Bistro

The Courtyard, 20 St. Swithuns Lane Send to Phone
020-7626 2606
Underground: Bank
Atmospheric, upmarket dining in the former Sandeman Port building in The City.
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The Don Restaurant & Bistro Restaurant Review

: There is plenty to like about The Don, which occupies the building that once stored Britain’s favourite sherries and ports. It is the grown-up part of the group that also owns the Bleeding Heart Tavern. The downstairs vaulted cellar houses a charming bistro serving the likes of parsnip and apple soup and a grilled lamb burger to an appreciative clientele. Upstairs, huge windows looking out onto a small courtyard make the main restaurant, with its striking art on the walls, light and bright. Try the rich, creamy Jerusalem artichoke and truffle velouté or wild mushroom and Pecorino risotto (available as a starter or main), then go on to the freshest fish or pork rib-eye that comes from the delightfully named Dingley Dell, with sweet-and-sour caramelized onions, smoked mash and mustard sauce. Quantities are generous, so all the more excuse to wash it down with a seriously good wine. A 350-bin list trawls the world and also has bottles from the restaurant’s own vineyard in New Zealand. Set 3-course menu £29 with glass of Champagne.

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