Set up as a result of a background in the catering business and a love of the Basque country, Donostia Social Club is the baby of Paul Belcher, and is a fab little street food van and events catering business, with a a more permanent site at Pop Brixton.
The truck is parked on the South Bank next to the (excellent) food market there, and almost next to The Bloody Oyster, which I love. The serve a variety of meat and cheese plates and hot and cold pinxtos, and what we sampled was all delicious.
It was such a lovely sunny day that rather than look for a restaurant (lots of big chains in that area) we decided to have a perch on the stools along the front of the van and sample the Cava in the sun.
I started with a bowl of Iberico pork cheek with butterbean puree, which was very generous for pinxtos, which are small tapas-like dishes that sometimes come on sticks. The cheeks were tender and melty, with a lovely smooth puree. My colleague went for scallops with green chilli and almonds, also perfectly tender.
We also had crab and anchovy pinxos, with flavoursome crab and a lovely dressing on rocket and fresh bread. All so good and with a couple of glasses of cold, dry fizz and a lovely chat with co-boss Adrian, the ideal way to spend an afternoon. Other options include lamb with pea puree, big slabs of goats’ cheese, little croissants and truffled wild mushrooms with quails’ eggs.
The Pop Brixton version is one of the shipping containers so bigger, with a long bar and stools – I went there last weekend but had just been to Koi Ramen (also great) and couldnt manage to actually eat anything. Must get back soon. The menu is similar but changes often keeping it interesting. The little van treks around different venues and can be hired for weddings and functions etc – it would be great for evening wedding food.
Check their locations here and go have a try.