Located within Kingly Court on Carnaby Street, Donia is a contemporary Filipino restaurant serving sharing plates alongside a stellar European wine list and innovative cocktail menu. Led by duo Omar Shah and Florence Mae Maglanoc, who are also responsible for Mamasons ice cream and Panadera Bakery, the cuisine at Donia is primarily inspired by flavours from Maglanoc’s childhood, with dishes refined for London dining. The interiors are modest, with emerald banquette seating and minimalist decor, to create a relaxing and friendly environment.
The menu offers Filipino dishes using the best of British produce and is designed to be shared so diners can enjoy a rounded taste of Donia’s unique cuisine. You might choose to start with Carlingford oysters with guava granita, or sea bream kinilaw, which is a traditional Filipino raw fish dish with citrus (like ceviche). Adobo mushroom croquetas are one of the delightful vegetarian options on offer.
Larger plates include lamb shoulder Calderea pie and chicken insala, a whole or half grilled chicken with charred skin topped with pickled shallots. If you fancy pushing the boat out, the menu also has indulgent plates like aged rib eye with beef jus, and whole lobster Ginataan, flavoured with coconut, ginger, and garlic. If you have any room left, the signature dessert is a crisp choux bun stuffed with purple ube ice cream.
To accompany your meal, or as a pre-dinner tipple, the cocktail list at Donia is packed with enticing concoctions focused around Filipino flavours. For example, the Plum combines umeshu with Campari, mezcal, and vermouth, and the Milo sees milo powder mixed with vodka, Mr Black, and espresso. If you’d prefer to stick with the wine list you won’t be disappointed, with plenty available by the glass as well as revered labels from celebrated vineyards.