The Sign of the Don

Restaurants , British Bank
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There's a modern-British slant to the food menu at this casual City bistro on Swithins Lane, though some Iberian touches do make their presence felt. It's the sister venue to The Don restaurant next door - a proper stalwart of this part of town. Expect pedigree here, then.

Dishes range from smoked salmon, a soft-centre Scotch egg and Gloucester Old Spot pork cutlet with crackling to a foie gras crème brulée, a Galician fish pie and grilled octopus with padron peppers, chorizo and chickpeas. There's a Black Angus burger too, for those that want to remain on the bandwagon. 

There's also a focus on wine. The list stretches to 21 pages, with bottles slanting toward classic old world regions. A good number available by the glass makes it accessible, but pricey options also feature - it's in the City, after all. Keep an eye out for lengthy gin and whisky selection, as well as bottled ale.

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The Sign of the Don says
The Sign of The Don bar and bistro complements the more formal Don Restaurant next door and is a sibling of the famed Bleeding Heart restaurant, bistro and tavern in Farringdon.

The new bistro and bar is adjacent to The Don Restaurant, on the site of the original Sandeman Port and Sherry Cellars.

Take a seat in the atmospheric dining room and enjoy a selection of European bistro dishes, followed by a sweet treat from the dessert menu or a selection of five farmhouse cheeses, all enjoyed with a glass or bottle of wine from the award-winning wine list.

The décor emphasises The Sign of The Don's Iberian heritage, with specially commissioned pieces including a cork bar, reclaimed port-barrel banquettes, and a three-metre corkscrew carved from metal.

The Sign of the Don in The City is a two-minute walk from Bank Tube station.
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Venue name: The Sign of the Don
Address: 21 St Swithin's Lane
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Laura B

Despite my friend and I both thinking this place was Spanish, it is French cuisine. Walked into a noisy dining room but was shown downstairs to an empty and much more tranquil space. Food was good but on the smaller side and the dessert Ile Flottante (meringue 'islands' floating on crème anglaise)  was just wonderful. I could have easily eaten more than one! Service was just right. Recommended for a business lunch or quick meal after work. 

Special Offers

Restaurant Week: 2 courses & a glass of Trinity Hill wine: £17.50

From a set menu.

Offer valid until Sep 30 2016

Restaurant Week: 50% off wines every Friday evening

Available on Still wine and bottled wine only. Simply order the value of one main course per person. Not available on wines by the glass.

Offer valid until Nov 30 2016