Review: Donnelly’s Restaurant
Hot restaurant in the industry-cool district
For those who know, Donnelley’s is a hidden gem nestled in the corner of Bermondsey Bar and Kitchen in Southwark, rather than being known as the home of The Shard. The sustainable decor, featuring minimal wooden tables and chairs, painted exposed white brick, and twinkling fairy lights on the ceiling, creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
The restaurant is passionate about using organic, seasonal, and locally sourced ingredients, as reflected in their menu’s tribute to suppliers, allowing diners to quickly track the origin of their meals. In addition, the waiters proudly use “rescued veg,” which refers to produce that supermarkets deem unsuitable.
The starters consist of deep-fried ham croquettes, served with a unique blend of crunchy almonds and sherry vinaigrette, and vegetarian potato, lemon, and tarragon croquettes with delicately spiced tomato sauce.
The mains feature an array of meat and fish dishes, with the menu changing frequently based on supplier stock. The pan-fried Cornish sea bream fillet is perfect for fish lovers, with crispy skin, tender, flaky flesh atop soft potato puree, and a drizzle of lemon butter. The Galloway aged steak is a tasty choice for meat lovers, with tartare blue cheese butter, and the side dish of cavolo nero, with succulent confit garlic, could be a main dish on its own.
The drinks menu offers a selection of beers and ciders on tap, spirits and liqueurs, and classic cocktails, including the Bramble, Mixed Berry Mojito, and the Bermondsey Iced Tea. Full-bodied Malbec and rounded white wine like Sarotto pair well with steak and fish dishes.
Don’t let Southwark’s reputation deceive you. Instead, head down the right street and experience Donnelley’s, an ethical and sustainable dining experience that’s to be noticed.
By Rudo Mashongamhende