I’m going to admit to you now readers, I’ve never been on a double date. Well, not until very recently. My lovely friend Fay and her husband Marv, joined Dr W and I at Don Diego in Harborne, Birmingham for dinner.
So on a warm Saturday evening, after Dr W and I spent the day sofa shopping, we all met at Don Diego. To be honest, if it wasn’t for google I would never have found it. A) because I don’t know the suburbs of Birmingham all that well and B) blink and you will miss it. But I tell you what, spoiler alert, I am so glad we found it.
Don Diego only has 20 covers, but this is what makes it. Two brothers run the show, one cooks and one serves. It’s a fairly laid back atmosphere and we were made to feel very welcome. Dr W and I started off with a glass of red wine. The wonderfully fruity, but still quite light Pleno Tempranillo from Navarra, Spain. I must admit it was super drinkable wine and we definitely enjoyed another glass mid way through the meal.
I picked the Black Pudding Piquillo Peppers to start, the rich black pudding went really well with the sweetness of the peppers. Whereas Dr W had the Fried Whitebait with Paprika Alioli, the alioli was delicious and the whitebait were perfectly cooked. Not overly greasy or over battered. The lovely Fay picked the Fishcakes, which she said she really enjoyed as they were more fish than potato (unlike some you may get!). Marv picked the King Prawns, Chillies, Garlic, Lobter Sauce, whilst he enjoyed this he felt that it should’ve come with bread (he had to ask) for dipping.
Mains and Sides
For my main I went with something I’d never normally pick, the Grilled Octopus Leg, Paprika Olive Oil. This I was told is their shining star of a dish and I would be inclined to agree. Perfectly cooked, wonderfully tender with a hit of paprika, I really enjoyed it. Dr W and Fay picked the Grilled Swordfish, Salsa Verde. Dr W raved about this (as did Fay), as he had never tried grilled swordfish before. Marv picked the Cod Loin, Andalusian Tomato Sauce, which he said was rich and delicious. It was a very pescatarian main situation, and there’s nothing wrong with that. The fish the brothers use are from sustainable sources and used fresh every day. Our sides were Roasted Vegetables and Chips, which were perfectly cooked and went really well with all of our mains.
Even though we were all super full we still went for dessert. Fay, Marv and I picking the Mousse of Crema Catalana, Ginger Compote. Now it was a very warm day when we visited and sadly the mousse hadn’t quite set. Whilst it was delicious, it just didn’t hit the spot because of that. Dr W, not really a mousse fan, went with the Hazelnut Brownie, Seville Orange Sauce. He said it was perfectly gooey for a brownie and the sauce accompanying it was wonderfully boozy. I had a little bit and it was quite that! I think Dr W won the battle of the dessert.
We really enjoyed our visit to Don Diego, the restaurant is small and tucked away, but that’s no reason not to visit. I’m hoping through word of mouth and blog posts like mine and Fay’s more people will visit Don Diego as they deserve the custom. The menu at Don Diego is simple and rustic, but all the food is cooked incredibly well. The meal was perfect for a double date night, aside from the mousse we couldn’t fault anything. The service we received was the same as other diners in on that night, we could tell everyone was happy! Now it isn’t the cheapest date night (~£40 per person – that’s not including drinks) but it’s definitely one for a special night! And if I’m honest, it was a lovely double date night, it’s lovely to spend time with friends!
Have you been to Don Diego before? Would you pay a visit? Let me know in the comments,
P.S. I was invited to Don Diego for the purpose of honest review. All words, photos and opinions are my own.
P.P.S. Don Diego is located at8 Chad Square, Hawthorne Road, Birmingham B15 3TQ.