Donovans
Modern Australian
  • 40 Jacka Blvd,
    St Kilda,
    Melbourne, VIC
  • (03) 9534 8221,
    www.donovanshouse.com.au/
  • Lunch daily noon-3.30pm

    Dinner daily 6pm-10.30pm

Donovans
-37.866664,144.973989

Gail and Kevin Donovan have filled a former bathing house built in the 1920s with inviting objets that make you feel like you've walked into a Nancy Meyers movie - fat candles, plump cushions, old photos hung salon-style. Though its stellar seafront location and priciness draw a glossy, cashed-up crowd, Donovans doesn't brag. Welcoming waitstaff wear Blundstones and turmeric-coloured aprons, the chairs are a vintage mix and the menu is studded with many crowd-pleasers, from pasta to charcoal grills to shared dishes such as whole roast duck and the signature bombe Alaska. Try crunchy fried school prawns with lemon aïoli alongside that first rosé, or satiny chicken liver parfait with ginger compote. Saffron risotto is dotted with crab, while barramundi comes on kipflers with piquant tomato and caper acqua pazza. Time it right to catch the sunset as you linger over tonka-bean panna cotta by the fireplace.


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At a glance

  • Wine:
  • Three glasses
  • Price:
  • E $22-$29

    M $34-$65

    D $15-$24

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Bar
    Vegetarian
    Wheelchair Access
    Private room
    Impressive Wine List
  • Cards:
  • American Express
    Diners Club
    Eftpos
    MasterCard
    Visa
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings recommended
  • Chef:
  • Emma D’Alessandro

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