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Sunday, 22 April 2018

REVIEW: Don Diego, Edgbaston

There is nothing I love more than discovering new places - and being instantly shocked that I haven't been there every weekend of the past year. But discovering new places that offer an incredible menu as well as excellent service and fantastic wine, is my dream way to spend a Friday night. Not long ago I headed along to Don Diego and I can confirm that it is the ultimate hidden gem. 

There is so much going on in Birmingham city centre, but I must admit, some of my favourite spots are outside of the city. Don Diego is based in Chad Square in Edgbaston, just a short drive from the city centre but totally worth it. The decor is warm, cosy, and very welcoming. I headed along to the restaurant with three other Brum Bloggers and we were invited in with open arms and soon found out the story of Don Diego. 

The restaurant is a family run restaurant of two Spanish brothers; the one cooks and the other serves. It's quite simple really, but having such a small team really reflects in the restaurant itself and it is obvious that they have thought about every last inch of the place, it is also wonderful to see such a bond between siblings and seeing with my own eyes the passion that they put into their venture was truly heart warming.

We started off with a bottle of wine between the four of us and a handful of olives, before taking a good look through the menu and deciding what we would all have. There wasn't a huge selection on the menu, but that really didn't bother me in the slightest as what was on the menu was a brilliant range of flavours. Give me several plates which will blow my socks off over a massive menu with boring dishes any day of the week!

We decided on four starters for us all to share. We went for the King Prawns with Chillies and Garlic Lobster Bisque, Warm Goats Cheese with Salad Leaves, Honey and Mustard Oil, Fishcakes with Pea Puree and Horseradish Roulade and Fried Whitebaits with Paprika Aioli. Each starter was absolutely delicious, with my personal favourite being the Fishcakes which had been cooked to perfection.

Choosing the main meal was probably one of the hardest decisions I have had to make in a long time. With Butterfly Chicken, Cod Loin and Lamb Shank on the menu, it was a difficult choice. I eventually ended up choosing the Duroc Suckling Pork Belly which came with Cider Apple Sauce. Oh my life. It was absolutely beautiful and the best pork belly I have ever had - and believe me, I have had a lot of pork belly over the years. The highlight was definitely the apple sauce though, which was totally delicious. We enjoyed our mains with a side of vegetables.

Other options on the mains menu include Grilled Octopus Leg, Beef Casserole and Grilled Swordfish, making it by far the one of the best menus I have seen in a long time.   

For dessert, I went for the Mousse of Crema Catalana with Ginger Compote, which was tangy, fun and of course, tasty. It was super light and fluffy and a wonderful choice for dessert after a filling starter and main. 

The service was also fantastic, considering the fact that it was just the one man doing it! He told us all about each dish, recommended what we might like the most and was incredibly considerate, without being too pushy. 

I can honestly say that my time spent at Don Diego was one of the best culinary experiences I have had in a long time. It doesn't have the amazing decor like some places in the city, but it is really all about the food and the super calming and relaxing atmosphere, offering a welcoming alternative to a busy city centre restaurant. I honestly cannot wait to return to Don Diego in the near future and enjoy a gorgeous meal all over again. 

Don Diego: 10/10

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