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Modern Australian
  • 40 Jacka Blvd,
    St Kilda,
    Melbourne, VIC
  • (03) 9534 8221,
  • Lunch daily noon-3.30pm

    Dinner daily 6pm-10.30pm


From its waterside address to modern beach-house aesthetic, Donovans celebrates St Kilda's heritage like few others. As trim and athletic types frolic by the sea, the kitchen flexes its muscle by way of crowd favourites cooked with care. Pan-seared squid, for instance, equals juicy hoods and crisp tentacles on a slash of skordalia, while feathery chickpea shoots add an artful accent to golden pillows of spinach and ricotta gnocchi in a deep tomato sauce. But, like some of the beachgoers, a few of the dishes need to shape up. Two lamb cutlets (although tender and crunchy in all the right places), a single croquette, goat's cheese mash, ratatouille and rosemary jus equal questionable value north of $50. Then again, real estate like this ain't cheap; make the most of the water views and the attentive service with a yuzu-glazed mango tart with macadamia nut crumble or try another pass at the heady wine list.


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At a glance

  • Wine:
  • Two glasses
  • Price:
  • E $22-$28

    M $27-$56

    D $14-$26

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Wheelchair Access
    Private room
  • Cards:
  • American Express
    Diners Club
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings recommended
  • Chef:
  • Emma D’Alessandro & Adam Draper



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