Every now and then, my husband and I treat ourselves to a meal at a “nice” restaurant. You know, the type of restaurant where the rich and famous probably eat without blinking an eyelid, but where the everyday person reserves for special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, and so forth. I call these types of restaurants an “event” restaurant, because the experience stands out in the memory.
We were looking for a restaurant to celebrate our anniversary lunch in, and having read the reviews for restaurants in the area, we decided that Donovans was the place for us. Such a treat – located right on the beach, with views out over St Kilda beach and the ocean beyond.
The restaurant is exquisitely decorated with a beach house theme, which is perfectly captured, even in the restrooms, and the relaxed atmosphere was felt from the moment we entered. We chose a lunch time seating so we could see the water while we were having our meal, and we were very impressed.
I nervously asked the waiter about gluten free options, and he said that most of the offerings on the menu could be modified to be gluten free – I only had to ask. Fantastic! I couldn’t believe how easy that made it. There was a wide variety of choices offered on the menu, including a comprehensive wine list. The food was beautiful, not just to taste, but also to look at.
I chose the scallops for an entree and the salmon for a main. I would recommend these! They even bought me a fresh baked, still hot, gluten free roll to start – the nicest gluten free bread I’ve tasted!
The only thing that was missing was almond milk for my coffee, but I can concede that not everyone has this on offer, so I enjoyed my nice coffee black this time!
The staff were incredibly welcoming and helped to make our visit very pleasant.
Thank you! We will be back.
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