Dining at Don Diego

Don Diego

Not too far from the Birmingham Botanical Gardens is a dining establishment that radiates warmth and hospitality. Run by two brothers this family-owned Spanish restaurant is a true hidden gem located at 8 Chad Square, Hawthorne Road.

6 pm on a Friday night, myself and three other Brum bloggers headed into the restaurant to taste the delights that the menu had to offer.
Despite the small and intimate setting, the venue offers a menu that sounds incredible and features a whole host of flavours that allow the diner to imagine themselves in the midst of the Spanish sun.
 
As a coeliac, it was wonderful to discover that very little on the menu was off-limits to myself and with everything freshly prepared on the premises, the food was also handled with care to avoid cross-contamination. 

Starter

We ordered four starters which would allow us to share.

  • Warm goats cheese served with salad leaves and honey mustard oil. (GF)
  • Fried whitebaits with paprika aioli,  (GF)
  • King prawns with chillies and garlic lobster bisque
  • Fishcakes with pea puree and horseradish roulade

It all looked delicious and I have it on good authority that the fish cakes were ’cooked to perfection’.

However, my personal favourite was the whitebait. A dish that I have never tried before but will definitely be having in the future.

Main

If we thought we had had a hard task narrowing down our starters we didn’t realise how much thought would go into deciding on our mains. As we perused the menu there was a lot of excitement around the table as each of us declared several options to be the possible ‘one’

The order contained four mains, two sides of vegetables and a side of chips.

Butterfly breaded chicken breast, grilled tomato and chorizo salsa was my chosen dish. And oh wow, what a delectable dish it was, packed full of flavours and cooked perfectly.

Other mains:

  • Duroc suckling pork belly with cider applesauce
  • Lamb shank with parsnip puree and a rioja glaze
  • Grilled swordfish with salsa verde

Dessert

Imagine my delight at discovering I could have all bar one of the desserts on the menu and despite finding myself wanting several of the items. On the recommendation of one of the brothers, I ordered the whiskey chocolate semifreddo served with a berry dressing.
 
OMG! Honestly, this was the best dessert I have ever tasted, the whiskey and chocolate combination was a taste sensation.
It was also the perfect accompaniment to the meal as it was a light dessert that was full of flavour.

Don Diego, Vuelvo enseguida!

DISCLAIMER:
* The lovely team at East Village and the brothers at Don Diego invited me to dine at the restaurant., all food and drinks were provided as complimentary. However, as always all opinions are my own. Remember honesty is this bloggers policy.

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