The Ghanem Group (Blackbird Bar & Grill, Byblos, Lord of the Wings) opened Donna Chang to the public in September 2018, wowing diners immediately with its stunning old-world aesthetic and modern-Chinese fare. Plush half-circle booths, glimmering chandeliers, ornate ceilings, marble tables, lush greenery and an eye-catching bar sets the scene upon entry, while a staircase leads to second-level private dining rooms similarly equipped with heritage flair. Group executive chef Jake Nicolson is overseeing the venue, with Jason Margaritis (ex-Spice Temple Melbourne) on board as head chef. The menu is divided into raw dishes, starters, dim sum, seafood, poultry and meat, wood-fired dishes and sides, with highlights including fried Black Silky chicken with lemon aspen, suckling pig with Sichuan salt, pan-fried cumin lamb buns, stir-fried spanner crab, Northern-style shredded lamb shoulder and more. Ghanem Group sommelier Penny Grant is handling the wine selection, favouring aromatic whites, and award-winning sommelier Shawn Gomes (ex-Il Centro) has come on board as general manager.