The Sign of the Don is a new bistro and bar adjacent to The Don Restaurant, offering good value modern European cuisine alongside an impressive array of accessible fine wines.
The opening of The Sign of the Don re-unites chef James Walker and head of operations Giuseppe de Wilde who worked together for seven years at Le Pont de La Tour. Walker has created a menu of modern British dishes with an occasional nod to the sites' Spanish and Portuguese heritage, sometimes using recipes handed down by the owners' families
The décor of the new establishment also emphasises The Sign of the Don’s Iberian heritage, including cork from the Portuguese cork producers Amorim, and sherry casks converted into banquettes and sculptures.
In keeping with The Don and the Bleeding Heart restaurants, wine will be a focus at The Sign of the Don. The changing selection will regularly feature a number of Spanish and Portuguese wines, as well as options from the Wilson’s award-winning vineyard, Trinity Hill, in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, and some great vintages of the European classics. Diners can select their drinks via an interactive system, where details about the wines, the winery and the winemaker are displayed on wall-mounted LCD screens, and can be ordered at the touch of a button.
The cocktail menu will include classic drinks made from craft gin and vodka as well as signature Sherry and Port cocktails. Craft beer will be supplied by Adnams of Suffolk and in a nod to Robert Wilson's Scottish forebears there will be an extensive range of single malt whiskies supplied by The Scotch Malt Whisky Society.
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The Sign of the Don
21 St. Swithins LaneLondonEC4N 8AD
I'd never heard of this restaurant before my friend suggested it for a weeknight dinner in the City. It's tucked into a little alley right by Cannon Street station. Apparently it's one of those classic restaurants that have stood the test of time. Both the bar area on the ground floor and the bistro we were seated in downstairs were pretty full, which is fairly impressive given that it was a...more
Ordered: Duck egg scotch egg, pork with lentils, salted chocolate mousse
Price: I did not look at the bill - but I'm assuming around £30-£40
Review: The food was rather different to what I expected. I don't know if this is because I went to an event. The food was not special in the sense that I would rate it among the other more chain style restaurants like cafe rouge etc. I had slightly...more