Random commentary about food, wine, and restaurants
in and around the Richmond, Virginia area and beyond.
Friday, May 31, 2013
Donostia Basque Kitchen
A few doors away from The Portman we discovered Donostia Restaurant, a Basque tapas spot. Clean contemporary lines with a rustic touch met us as we entered this teeny place on a rainy evening. We secured the last unreserved table. At times it is advantageous to be unfashionably early.
All of the offerings were small to medium-sized plates and, for a London restaurant of this caliber, prices were less than expected.
We chose a Spanish Rioja to start.
And then on to the food. We kept our menu with us throughout the evening until we were through and experienced quite a few dishes from the expected to the unusual (unusual stateside, at least).
First up were Boquerones - white anchovies with piquillo peppers. While traditional, a bit too fishy for me. I concentrated on enjoying the peppers.
And then Pisto with Quail Egg. The ratatouille-like veggies were tasty and the egg delightful.
The Tempura Prawns with Ham and Mango were most excellent. We could have ordered many more rounds of these shrimp.
On to Creamy Croquettes with Jamon. Crunchy, creamy, salty.
Check out the Mini Wagyu Beef Burger with the Purple Potato Chips. Cute with great flavor.
One of the meduim-sized plates was the Monkfish with Black Rice. The fish was not fishy-tasting and had a nice sear. The black rice was unusual and a treat.
We also enjoyed Pigeon Breast with Peas and Pancetta. Served medium-rare, the pigeon was a hearty fowl more akin to duck or even ostrich.
Of course, we also had to try the Triple Cooked Potatoes with Brava Sauce. Yummy, indeed, with a slightly spicy sauce featuring pimenton.
A great place with a wonderful vibe and lovely service. If you go, try to make reservations. We got lucky.