Executive Chef Jake Nicolson has a pedigree spanning over 20 years, and shows great leadership and knowledge of cuisine. At Donna Chang, he teams up with young Chef de Cuisine Jason Margaritis, who refined his craft at Spice Temple in Melbourne.
Walking into this heritage-listed building, there is an element of light-heartedness in the clever venue naming. The grand room delivers comfort in spades with deep seating and elegant soft fabrics. Focus is drawn to the kitchen through the lens of live tanks or a dry-ageing fridge. This room is perfect for a first date or elegantly hidden private dining rooms on the catwalk would be great for business meetings.
The chefs have created a level of sophistication through the partnering of Cantonese cuisine with native ingredients. A clever playfulness is achieved through perfectly crispy-skinned duck coupled with the nuanced tartness of Davidson plum. The ever-crisp fragrant eggplant is elevated to pure delight through a true display of balance and harmony in the form of chilli dressing.
PSST! Beneath the restaurant is one of Brisbane’s most opulent bars – definitely worth a tour.