by Dave Massey twitter.com/brumhour
Here’s what #BrumHour loved dining at Don Diego, Edgbaston, Birmingham
I arrive at Don Diego to be greeted at the doorstep by Eddy Yufera-Ruiz one of the owners, he’s clearly been expecting me. I’ve already snuck a look at the menu online so I order some water and my plus one Xenia arrives. Recently I’ve been trying to avoid lunch or dinner experiences when a venue is busy so I’ve deliberately chosen a quiet lunch time.
In America the row of shops where Don Diego is set would be called a strip mall, different from a traditional high street and set slightly off the main road. It’s quite a rectangular space inside and the picture frame wallpaper with various birds on just supports this theme. The result of this is that you are very much create your own atmosphere at the venue and the food does all the talking.
I feel quite awkward that I don’t like fish or seafood really, I’m not allergic or anything but I’m really funny about seafood. I keep seeing lovely photos of Octopus Leg with Paprika on instagram or twitter and although I’ve tried Octopus before in Greece I’m really not after trying it again.
Xenia and I both order the Goat’s Cheese Salad for starters and it appears fairly promptly. Don Diego prides itself on local and independent suppliers and this is reflected in the style of the menu. I loved my Goat’s Cheese!
Next up Xenia ordered Grilled Swordfish, Salsa Verde with a side of veg and I order the Lamb Meatballs with a side of chips.
Xenia said her swordfish was lovely and I was very amused to see my meatballs were “just” that. Three meatballs on a plate of “gravy”. They weren’t small or anything and were great. But I was amused that it was just three meatballs. Is this stripped back or international? I was glad I’d taken the advice an ordered the chips. as they were double fried and really tasted great with the gravy which was actually a Pedro Ximenez Sauce.
Being a family Run restaurant means a lot to Don Diego team of brothers, Eddy is front of house and Alfonso Yufera-Ruiz is running the kitchen. I trust the brand values of the food and where it is sourced without checking the website. But the website reinforces this.
I discover that Don Diego is great for parties and sometimes the whole venue is booked out for birthday or family events. The intimate atmosphere only adds to this.
There is something about the space that makes it soo welcoming and that isn’t just down to the food or the staff. It really is the combination as a whole.
Would I Return?
Oh yes, Don Diego feels like a sort of secret that you want to introduce your friends to.
Find out more about Don Diego and book a table here: dondiego.co.uk
This isn’t a sponsored post. Xenia and I were invited to try lunch at Don Diego by arrangement with East Village PR. We didn’t pay for food or drink but did leave a tip.