Last week we got invited to try out the exceptional food down at Don Diego’s. Tucked away in Chad Square at the bottom of Hawthorne Road, you’d miss it if you wasn’t looking for it but for me its the last thing you’d want to miss! It has loads of parking spaces out front which is free so a massive bonus when traveling over. I couldn’t rave about this place anymore, to the point I’m taking my whole family back there it was that good! The restaurant seats about 24 guest and is perfect for lunch or dinner with offers on at the start of the week.
Don Diego is ran by two brothers, Alfonso and Eddy Yufera-Ruiz and its literally a two man band. They do absolutely everything. From cooking to serving to cleaning, they really are two machine’s and i take my hat of to them for it! A pair of inspirational and passionate grafter’s if ever I’ve meet a set. Eddy works front of house having many years experience and Alfonso is the brains in the kitchen. After working in some major high end, michelin star restaurants in the city, he didn’t like the way they were going and decided to take the leap with his own venture. Originally called The Epicurean which i’d heard amazing things from as well. They’ve now changed it to Don Diego and switched up the style of cooking to Mediterranean.
Now the menu is only small but what is on it is amazing. Not one restaurant in the city that i know of that is serving octopus leg of beef cheeks on the same menu. Both cooked extremely well and to perfection!
So for starter I went for the Fish Cakes, Pea Puree and Paprika Mayo (£4.75). Fish cakes had hake, cod and salmon in with a lovely fried crust keeping it all in. Just pressing down on them with my fork, felt like they almost popped like little pockets on goodness. With the complimenting pea puree, they tasted amazing! It was from this point onwards i knew the rest of the food was going to be on point.
My man date for the evening, Brumfoodie went for the Tiger Prawns, Garlic, Chillies and Lobster Dressing (£7.95). Having just the right amount of heat really tasted so good.
Mains we kind of went all out having one main each and getting on to share as we both had to try the octopus leg.
So i went for the Slow cooked Beef Cheeks in a Pumpkin Puree (£11.95). The beef cheeks had been slow cooked using sherry which is an old fashion method and really bought the beautiful flavour of the beef cheeks out. The meat literally fell apart, don’t think i really needed a knife.
Brumfoodie went for the Veal Entrecôte, Green Peppercorn Salsa (£14.95). Never have i had a veal that packed so much flavour. Shocking the difference of tastes between and a normal steak and veal.
Third sharing main we had to go for the Grilled Octopus Leg in Paprika Olive Oil (£14.95). Being a massive fan of squid and octopus anyway i was really looking forward to this and my word, it did not disappoint! You have to be really careful when preparing and cooking octopus and Alfonso definitely worked his magic because it was incredible. Lovely meaty texture, not chewy or over cooked. Only other place thats come close to anything like it was from Homeboys at digbeth dining club and their octopus dish for the street food awards. Definitely a must if you visit.
Sides we went for the grilled vegetables which were grilled in parsley butter and had whole cloves of garlic in, really was good. And chips which were fat cut homemade chips, also really really good. (Both £3.95)
To finish i went for the Crema Catalana Mousse and Rhubarb (£4.95) which was basically a creme brûlée but with a foam layer instead of the cream. Still had to sugar glaze which was good and with the rhubarb it really was amazing.
I recommend anyone and everyone to visit this place, you will not be disappointed. Don’t think there is a better value for money, a la carte restaurant in the whole of Brum. Has been along time since I’ve eaten at a restaurant thats made me smile and Don Diego definitely did that!
Until next time peeps
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