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New Spanish Restaurant Donosti Promises Authentic Pintxos, Tapas, and Sangria

January 8, 2019

At the ground floor of the NAC Building at 32nd Street (where Hungry Hound and Premio are lined), Fort Bonifacio is Donosti Pintxos y Tapas. This Spanish bar is so new, a chalkboard suffices as outdoor signage for the meantime. It adds to the charm of the place, given the more hoity-toity style of its neighboring restaurants’.

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Donosti owes its name to Donostia (also known as San Sebastián), a coastal city located in the Basque region of Spain. The city is known for its pintxos, which are similar to tapas, but served with bread or toast. The bar opened just last Tuesday, October 1st, but for a restaurant still in its super soft opening stages, it has already seen its share of packed crowds. Spanish expatriates who work nearby often fill the place to capacity during lunch and dinner hours. That’s a good sign.

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Madrid-born Chefs Pablo Lopez Iglesias and Borja Duran Cid are in charge of the Donosti kitchen, serving food that manifest truly authentic Spanish cuisine by using traditional recipes passed-down from their respective families. They have a concise tapas selection that includes homemade Butifarra (boiled and grilled white sausage) and Jamon Ibérico. Their pintxos menu is ever-changing (they had Crosquetas de Jamón the day we visited) in order to better mimic the traditional pintxos and tapas culture in Spain.

Ensalada de Queso de Cabra (Goat Cheese Salad) PHP 450; Carpaccio de Cecina con Parmesano (Air-dried Cured Beef with EVOO and Parmesan) PHP 935

Huevos Estrellados con Jamon (Eggs Served Over French Fries with Jamon) PHP 750

Pulpo a la Gallega (Boiled Octopus with EVOO and Pimentón) PHP 795

Cochinillo (price upon request)

Aside from the food, Donosti also takes pride in their Sangria. Apples and oranges are bathed in the wine mix for at least a day before they’re served to thirsty customers. Their signature cocktail, called the Don Ostia, is deceptively potent. It is said to be so strong that you’re gone after just three glasses, guaranteed. Donosti’s Special Draft Beer is another item of note, given the unique process they employ when serving each glass. The complicated process yields quite a unique beer experience that you should definitely try out for yourself.

Don Ostia (PHP 350/glass) ; Sangria (PHP 250/glass)

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Donosti is an exciting addition to the array of restaurants (some also serving Spanish cuisine) already at the Fort. With the interior accents and branding taken care of by the Enkapture group, Donosti is able to successfully replicate the atmosphere of a genuine Spanish pub. Its relaxed vibe and comfortable ambiance is perfect for dinner and drinks with friends, plus a bit of gossip on the side. Apart from a few rough spots that still need a bit of fixing (they’ve only been open for a week), Donosti is proof that if you get your food right, you’re all set to open for business.

Donosti Pintxos y Tapas
G/F NAC Building, 32nd St.,
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
0917 849 2205
Open Mon-Sat, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Visit Donosti’s Facebook page for more information

Originally posted 2013-10-09 05:36:40.

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Mikka Wee’s goal is to travel the world with a backpack stuffed with her books and not much of an itinerary. With an appetite thrice the size of her 5-foot frame, waffles are the one thing that makes her weak in the knees. She also likes to torture herself with sci-fi movie marathons until her brain turns into goop. Her list of not-so-secret culinary crushes includes David Chang, Ivan Orkin, Rene Redzepi, and Anthony Bourdain. Alexander Supertramp is her hero.

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11 responses to “New Spanish Restaurant Donosti Promises Authentic Pintxos, Tapas, and Sangria”

  1. Still hungry says:

    It is wayyyyyyyyy too expensive. I get paying for quality etc but 985 pesos plus service charge for 8 slivers of boquerones? 395 plus service charge for 6 pieces of small shrimp? Holy heck, their to-share lamb quarter is almost 7600 pesos!!!!! After the meal, nothing was really special, and the prices made me depressed. Sorry, but value for money I would rather go to Terry’s. And I’m sure most of their stuff’s imported too.

    • Kamille Warren Mercado says:

      My thoughts exactly. I haven’t been to the place, but just looking at their prices, I mean, that’s freakin insane. And you’ve said that the food is nothing special, that just makes it even worse. You want value for money and authentic Spanish food? La Tienda in Makati never disappoints.

    • windibarth says:

      Thank you for the feedback! I like Terry’s as well, and is still one of my all – time favorite restaurants. However, our menu is different from Terrys, and so are the ingredients we use. It’s good to have a lot of options to choose from and we are happy to offer a few that are different from those found in other restaurants. Hope you can come back again as we are still tweaking the menu and finding that right mix to keep our customers happy.

  2. buzzed says:

    Food was good, but I agree, pretty pricey. They should consider having friendlier prices to keep people coming back or it will end up being the buzz for now and die down the road. My major complaint was the bread. The bread was horrible. Fire your supplier or bake better damn bread. If you want to charge high end prices because you are a fine dining restaurant, that’s fine. But holy crap, serve better bread. I loved drinks though. Best tap beer I have had by far. Yummmmm

  3. Chester says:

    I have to go with the Carpaccio con Parmesano! Just excellent, the presentation and service just made me feel like I was abroad. Great experience. Price is relative. I’ll visit again.

  4. From Spain says:

    Haha the bread came from Spain that’s why it’s so dry!

  5. From Spain says:

    Haha the bread came from Spain that’s why it’s so dry!

  6. Ngeks says:

    chef pablo’s callos is to die for hihi

  7. dinning says:

    chef borja is the fucking conio he dont know what is the meaning of respect to co employees this man is expat go back to your country conio

  8. concerned says:

    pls donosti owner if u want make ur restaurant good teach ur chef to make a foodcost and price of your food b coz is not equal i think ur chef is have a bad attitude b coz when im there i heard her voice shouting in the kitchen and very aarogant her name is borja its correct and pls tell her check her npersonal hygene pls and i dont want like he comes to our tables if im there

  9. concerned says:

    and pls ask the owner about shouting and no respect to kitchen and dinning employees i heard her voice in dinning that a stupid chef

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