Careers in hospitality

Darko Doban, Bar Manager at AMANO Covent Garden, talks about his experience working with the luxury hotel group.

Tell us a little bit about you and your background in the hospitality industry

“My hospitality journey started in Montenegro working operationally in a luxury hotel. I then spent close to a decade working for small cruise lines and luxury yachts before moving to London six years ago. Since then, my experience has been in five-star luxury lifestyle hotels, cocktail bars and high-profile members’ clubs.

“I have always been passionate about the hospitality industry; providing guests with an incredible experience is very rewarding! My position as Bar Manager for AMANO has been an exciting role and I look forward to helping shape our Rooftop Bar, Penelope’s and AMANO bar.”

What has been your experience working at AMANO Covent Garden? 

“Hotel AMANO Covent Garden is the first international hotel from AMANO Group, so it is exciting to play a part in the expansion. Everything about the hotel is beautifully designed; I get to work in a high-quality, sleekly decorated venue with a great atmosphere. Our location in Covent Garden is next to some of the best theatres in London. The team are all passionate and hard working. We have wonderful menus, our clientele is diverse, and I’ve been lucky to meet some cool people. Our goal was to bring Berlin party vibes to London, and I’ve felt that!”

Describe current bar and menu concept?

“We have two bars and a restaurant at AMANO Covent Garden. Our signature restaurant, Penelope’s, combines the flavours of Spain and Israel. We serve family style so can come in with your friends or family, share your meal and feel at home.

“The drinks list was curated to compliment many of the dishes on the menu. I want guests to be able to come and enjoy an opulent yet casual environment and feel well looked after whilst enjoy high-quality food and drinks.

“We then have our rooftop bar located on the 7th floor with incredible views of the London skyline. It’s a beautifully designed space and perfect for after-work cocktails. AMANO Bar is located in our basement, it’s played host to some incredible London Fashion Week parties, product launches and boozy brunches.”

What would you like to achieve soon? 

“I hope to elevate our drinks menu, introducing interesting, high-quality brands. Our cocktails are innovative, and I want to expand on this. Maintaining the team’s high level of customer service is very important to me. I hope to make our bars well-known in the London cocktail scene.”

What should we keep an eye out for from the AMANO Group?

“We place a big focus on our F&B offering so are always planning new exciting events. I hope the name AMANO is soon widely recognised in London for having incredible Berlin-style parties. I look forward to summer rooftop events, continuing to host our successful ‘Studio P’ dinner and dance party every Friday, ‘ISRAMANI’ every Saturday night and to start our brand-new party brunches!”


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