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Don Restaurant

The Courtyard, 20 St Swithin's Lane, London, London, EC4N 8AD
A good restaurant in two parts, a smart restaurant, and an atmospheric vaulted cellar bistro - originally part of Sandeman's bottling rooms and seating forty - where a cheap, and slightly-less-ambitious menu is offered. Indeed, it's named after the blacked-caped figure of The Don with his flat black sombrero on that companies bottles of ports & sherries.

The bistro menu offers brasserie-style dishes, in the style of 'Potted Pork Rillettes with Grape Chutney & Melba Toast'; 'Grilled Tiger Prawns on a Caesar Salad; 'Grilled Lamb Burger with Caramelised Red Onion & French Fries' and 'Spatchcocked Baby Chicken with Garlic & Rosemary.

The restaurant cranks things up with the likes of 'Fricassée of Wild Mushrooms & Roquefort Cheese en Croustade & Truffle Sabayon'; 'Pressed Foie Gras & Confit Goose Terrine with Pears, Pickled Walnuts & Toasted Brioche'; 'Seared Fillets of Sea Bass with Fennel Dumplings & Grilled Chicory' and 'Medallions of Venison Wrapped in Cured Ham on a Celeriac Purée with a Juniper Jus'.

Puds seem to be shared alround - with perhaps 'Hot Dark Chocolate with Honeycomb Ice Cream' and 'Armagnac Crème Brûlée with Almond Shortbread' omongst the offerings.

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Other Details

  • Food Style: Modern European
  • Lunch: Breakfast Mon-Fri in Bar; 7.30-11.30 Full English £11.95; Mon-Fri 12.00-15.00, mains about £17 to £32; Bistro set Menu £20 (2 courses), £25 (3 courses)
  • Dinner: Mon-Fri 18.00-22.00; restaurant mains about £17 to £32 (bistro £10 to £16); Bistro set Menu £20 (2 courses), £25 (3 courses)
  • Seats: 100
  • Wine: an excellent list, travels the world, kicking off at around the £30 mark; over a dozen varieties are offered by the glass
  • Nearest station: Bank Rail, Underground & DLR
  • Directions: See the map on this page
  • Closed: Sat, Sun, 23rd Dec to 4th Jan.

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good restaurant in Sandemans old HQbasement bistro
good restaurant in Sandemans old HQbasement bistro


Contact Details

Tel: 020-7626 2606
Address: The Courtyard, 20 St Swithin's Lane, London, London, EC4N 8AD
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