Hidden in the heart of the City of London is The Sign of The Don, a bar and bistro tucked away down St Swithins Lane close to The Bank of England. Offering one of the best priced set menus in the city and set in a medieval cellar, The Sign of The Don is just the ticket for a weeknight date among the hustle and bustle of the city.
The vaults and building in which it sits has a wonderful history, originally a meeting hall for the Worshipful Company of Drapers in 1342, then in 1798 used to bottle imported sherry and port for distribution across the globe. Now owned by The Bleeding Heart Restaurant Group they have transformed this fantastic building into two fantastic restaurants; “The Sign of The Don” and its more expensive big brother, fine dining restaurant “The Don” which also has a prix fixe menu.
Arriving to a rather empty upstairs bar, we were a little perplexed and got that “oh no” feeling but that soon disappeared after following the neon sign down the stairs to the cellar and vaults. The medieval cellar is split into sections with some private dining areas, we were sat in the more modern area decorated with barrel hoops, destination stencils and bottles harking back to the port and sherry exportation business that once ran from there.
To start we shared starters and had the scotch duck egg which came hot, crispy and with a runny yolk – just how it should be. The other starter was a trio of croquettas; ham & chorizo, salt cod and mushroom. All were rich and comforting with soft melting centers.
To drink we just ordered some of the cheaper Trinity Hill wine which the restaurant seems partnered with however it wasn’t that great so go for something a bit nicer which will complement your meal.
After the quite calorific starters we tucked into Dingley Dell pork with puy lentils and a large portion of black pudding as well as Lamb with peashoots, beans and mint, well presented and filling.
Desserts were small and simple yet very rich, The orange and pistachio cake with crème anglaise was so so but he only way to describe the salted caramel chocolate pot is “killer”.
The service throughout the night was impeccable and really made us feel special, especially our friendly French Maitre d’ who made light conversation, was attentive and really knew her stuff.
For £21.50 for three courses the prix fixe menu is an absolute steal, with a choice of seven dishes for each course there is bound to be something that tickles your tastebuds and a little tip, If you book on OpenTable or over the phone and mention that you’re getting the prix fixe menu then you will receive a free glass of Cava which is a nice bonus.