Harden's survey result
A good City “secret” – cellars that once housed the Sandeman wine and sherry importers have been converted into a “wonderful tucked-away location” – perfect for a business meal with no mobile signal. There’s a “good wine list” and it’s “very buzzy at lunchtime (quiet some evenings)”. “Good value” for the Square Mile, too.
“My go-to place in the Square Mile”; this “reliable” basement brasserie occupies the “atmospheric old cellars” that once housed the Sandeman wine and sherry importers. “Cheerful and relatively cheap”, with a “small but perfectly formed menu”, it “avoids the style over substance of many City restaurants” and is “less stuffy than The Don next door”.
“In the basement of the more formal Don (next door) – a relatively relaxed venue for a business lunch” that’s “quite inexpensive for the area”. These converted cellars feel more “enjoyable” than their grander neighbour, with “very dependable” brasserie fare, and “a great wine list” and selection of sherries.
“A more casual version of its elder sibling” next door, the Don’s year-old spin-off is “a good alternative”, particularly for “more relaxed business lunches”, even if the brasserie fare is “not especially notable”.
On the site of the original Sandeman Port and Sherry Cellars, The Sign of The Don Bar & Bistro offers British cuisine with a nod to Spanish and Portuguese heritage. Enjoy a relaxed drink at the Bar upstairs perfect for breakfast in the City or post-work gatherings or take a seat in the Bistro downstairs to enjoy a selection of European bistro dishes, including pumpkin ravioli with toasted pine nuts and sage, tender veal steak served with a fried egg, potatoes & Romesco sauce, and grilled octopus with savoury chorizo & chickpeas. Indulge in a sweet treat from the dessert menu, like a comforting rice pudding, served warm with damson jelly, or a more decadent dark chocolate pot with salted caramel. The décor emphasises The Sign of The Don's Iberian heritage, with specially commissioned pieces including a cork bar, reclaimed port-barrel banquettes, and a 3-metre corkscrew carved from metal.
The Sign of The Don and the adjoining Don Restaurant offer a unique dining experience: in the City of London's most attractively -restored historic private dining rooms you can enjoy fine food, superb wines and an unrivalled level of warm, friendly, professional service.
Whether you are a table of ten, or a table of fifty we have a room for you.
Please call us on 0207 626 2606 or e-mail: EVENTS@THEDONRESTAURANT.CO.UK
The Don Bistro and Bar Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Very good value set lunch"