The Husband and I recently visited Don Diego in Edgbaston for the first time, for a double date with fellow food lover George and her fiancé, Dave.
I had actually been meaning to try the food at Don Diego for a while, having seen some lovely looking dishes flying around on social media. I can now scratch this place off my ever-growing list, after taking a trip to Edgbaston last month to try the food.
Open Tuesday to Saturday, the friendly team serves up bright and colourful Mediterranean inspired dishes and a seriously sexy wine menu. The restaurant is family run with two brothers heading up the team, and seats just 20. Intimate and chic, vibrant red chairs sit with dark wood furniture. It’s an ideal spot for a date; equally it’s an ideal place to polish off decent plonk.
The menu is concise but has a fine selection of dishes. I started with the King Prawns (£8.95) which had me excited from the get go thanks to a lobster sauce. Stacked tail-on prawns, served without shells, arrived have been tossed in a liberal serving of the blushing sauce. Plump and juicy, the shellfish were tender and packed with garlic and chilli flavour. The lobster flavour in the sauce was more subtle than I expected, but a very enjoyable starter nonetheless.
Inspired by my Greek honeymoon adventures, I couldn’t resist trying the Grilled Octopus (£17.95). Having enjoyed a wonderful seafood platter, which included a leg of octopus, at a seafront restaurant in Lindos I let nostalgia choose my main. I’m so glad I went with my instincts; this dish offered such delicate flavour combinations.
Spiked with garlic, warming paprika and silky olive oil, the meaty leg is grilled just long enough to offer occasional charred edges. It’s fresh, simple, and executed perfectly; this to me is authentic Mediterranean cooking. Side orders of crisp vegetables and chunky chips lightly sprinkled with rosemary are ruddy excellent and well deserve being added as extras for under £4 a piece.
Dessert took even more of a Spanish turn with a slice of warm Santiago Almond Tart (£5.95). A crisp base holds an almond cake-like centre, lightly flavoured with zesty lemon and additional sweetness from a dollop of apricot purée. I actually enjoyed the same tart on one of many visits to Barcelona, and found the flavours here very similar.
All in all a genuinely lovely meal in a relaxed, attractive setting. It’s in a bit of an odd location but very close to The White Swan if you fancy making it dinner and drinks.
Have you been to Don Diego? What did you think? Let me know in the comments.
Don Diego, 8 Chad Square, Hawthorne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 3TQ
Disclosure: This meal was arranged by East Village PR. All opinions, words and images are mine – I wasn’t obligated to write about my experience.