Head Chef Emma D’Alessandro has been running the kitchen at this iconic restaurant for well over a decade. Her contemporary menu is unashamedly influenced by her Italian heritage. Donovans feels like a cosy country home, but it has a stunning bayside view. The atmosphere is upmarket but not pretentious. On a warm afternoon, the outdoor terrace is the ideal place to have a glass of wine.
Be awed by the extensive menu packed with seafood and other culinary delights. Linguine with seafood and Moreton Bay bug boasts house-made pasta tossed with ultra-fresh bug meat, scallops, mussels and crunchy prawns. The well-balanced chilli and garlic sauce takes this superb pasta dish to the next level. Whole snapper is cooked to perfection over charcoal, and heightened by the flavours of fennel and lemon. It comes with crisp chips and a lovely cos salad.
PSST! For a special evening, book the restaurant’s fabulous private dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking St Kilda Beach.