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The Don Bistro

A let-down on a number of fronts.

Service and staff was very good, but let down by the food, wine and atmosphere, let me explain:

Atmosphere: to me a restaurant stuffed with men in suits on business lunches does not create much ambience

Wine: the Argentinean Malbec was no better than a £4.99 supermarket special

Food: The wild mushroom starter was excellent, there’s not much more you can do with an egg (perfectly poached), some mushrooms and cream.

The pork belly with pigs trotter was awful. Pork belly needs to be cooked for about 3 hours slowly to get the melting flesh you want. This was cooked for about an hour, so just tough and fatty pork results. The trotter was a splat of hairy rubbery skin with a morsel of meat hidden underneath. Is this supposed to be special? The dish was served with some sort of braised cabbage. It was overdone with vinegar and almost inedible.

Skipped pudding in favor of the cheeseboard. Another huge letdown. Despite several glasses of red by now and a G&T aperitif, the mangy cheese was on clear display. Clearly several weeks old and the cheese had gone past ripe, passed dry, and was now heading for dessicated. It was screaming ‘throw me to the pigs’. A Frenchman would have choked.

However, my guests was quite happy with their dishes, so maybe I was unlucky. In summary: Don’t have the pork belly & trotter. Check the cheese before ordering.

Thursday, December 06, 2007
Overall rating 5 stars
Food 3 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 2 | Value for money 4

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