By now, most people have probably heard of the small shareable plates and craft cocktail restaurant, Doma, that opened at 7703 E. Douglas just outside of Towne East Square. We wrote our sneak peek piece before they opened to the public. The feedback and reviews for the restaurant has been positively overwhelming. In looking at the comments, there have been some hesitations from people who haven’t been centered around how expensive it could be. The term “small plates” has turned some people off, thinking they’ll leave hungry. Then there was a camp of people who saw some fancy dishes and curious if there was something on the menu that they would like.
Well, I’m here to help guide you through those hesitations with this latest piece. I, too, had friends curious whether it would cost a lot to eat there and if the food was up their alley. I had reservations made for six people and took them on a dining adventure to show them something new.
7703 E. Douglas Ave. Wichita, KS 67207
Tuesday – Thursday: 4pm – 10pm
Friday – Saturday: 4pm – 11pm
Closed on Sunday and Monday
We brought four friends with us, who all have different styles of appreciation for food. Some love a good fine dining meal, some enjoy the all-you-can-eat-buffets, others like simple fast food, there were meat and potatoes people and those who loved seafood, I tried to bring an eclectic group to see what they would think of the food.
With the group of six, they left me in charge of ordering. I asked the table if there were any necessities they wanted to order. We went with those and then I sprinkled in other dishes. I tried to get a good mix of different cuisines that people may have never tried and some classic staples I knew they would enjoy, aka the safe options.
Here’s everything the six of us ordered. Keep in mind, the menu does change periodically, so what we had may not be available if you go.
We really covered the whole gamut of items from the menu. There were 11 small plates and 3 desserts ordered and not a single person left hungry, in fact, we even had some leftovers. There were appetizers ordered, seafood, salads, and meats for the carnivores.
There was so much food to cover, and I’ll just say this. Everybody probably had 7-8 dishes that they each loved. They were all able to enjoy dishes that they’d normally order at a restaurant and be introduced to different ones. That was a huge benefit of the “small plates” concept. Each dish was passed around the table, and everybody got a sample of each one. There was enough food on each small plate for the group of six. And for the desserts, I asked everyone what they liked and it was nearly a 33-33-33% split between the three.
The whole shareable concept made for great conversation pieces at the table. It turned everybody into a food reviewer!
For me, the Hamachi Avocado Tartare was once again a winner. This was my first time ordering from the Meat side of the menu and the pork belly, flank stank and ribs were all phenomenal.
I’m not a drink reviewer, so I’ll just say that the drinks were flowing all night long. I’m pretty sure we ordered every cocktail on the menu.
So, did it cost an arm and a leg for everybody to dine there? Not at all. For a sleek, swanky place like Doma, some people may think it’s going to be super pricey. For dinner alone, the total was around $150 which split between the three couples was $50 each. Not a bad tab at all for six people who loved their food, the experience, the service, and group date night without the kids. We laughed, we drank, we ate well, and had a great time. Any of my friends who were hesitant that the food was too fancy or not up their alley, had their minds changed quickly.
As for the cost of drinks, that is completely dependent on how much you want to spend and drink. I believe my tab for drinks was about $80. Another friend of mine had a zero dollar cocktail tab, granted she was pregnant, but it shows you can enjoy Doma even without a drink.
I get that there’s been a lot of hype for Doma since they opened, but for my two dinners there, it’s been worth the hype and immediately in my list of top ten favorite restaurants in town. What they offer is unlike anything in town, which makes it all the more special.
Here’s the menu they had during our night out:
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