LAVO made its entrance into Singapore at the start of this year, situating themselves on the roof top of Marina Bay Sands. Being the first to introduce ‘vibe dining’ to Singapore, LAVO is an Italian-American restaurant that combines electrifying music to encourage patrons to dine at their premises and then proceed to let their hair down and party! The ambience is great – besides the fact that it’s overlooking the beautiful Marina Bay – and its interior is decorated with luxurious lounge chairs and a huge bar to let its diners drink, eat and party the night away!
Like its restaurants in the US, LAVO offers its signature dishes here in Singapore branch too, although their menus are not entirely the same. Let’s start off with the appetisers!
Their most famous The Meatball ($38++) sure is impressive. One pound of meatball made from fresh Imperial Wagyu beef, Italian sausage and veal shoulder, then topped with their whipped ricotta. Notes of savoury and sweet here – with the combination of meats being rich and flavourful from braising in the meat sauce, and slight sweetness coming from the sauteed onions and also a hint from the ricotta cheese. Definitely a must-order to share at the table!
The Salumi-Formaggi Platter ($34++) is your Chatuterie plate – with a variety of cold cuts, cured meat, Italian cheeses and grapes.
The Charred Octopus ($32++) consisting of celery, endive, red wine vinaigrette, fennel and oregano, was firm and retained its bite, but not being too tough. It certainly tastes better than it looks!
For the salads, the Chopped “Louie” ($38++) comes with a delicious and fresh seafood such as lobster and shrimp, accompanied with assorted vegetables and house vinaigrette.
I prefer the Burrata ($31++), which was soft, creamy and goes so well with the generous serving of Heirloom tomatoes. The addition of pesto was an interesting touch to the whole dish too.
Their brick oven pizzas fare well, with the Quattro Formaggi ($34++) (left) and its cheesiness contrasting with the Spinach and Artichoke ($36++) that’s of a more earthy flavour, elevated by the mushrooms.
Moving on to the mains, LAVO has a huge variety for all kinds of taste buds. As a die-hard pasta lover, I might be biased in saying that this Penne Seafood Alfredo ($48++) was divine! The penne pasta is tossed in lobster cream and comes with pan seared scallops and shrimp, finished with Grana Padano cheese. The creamy sauce pairs well with the savoury and slightly bitter cheese, coupled with the umami flavour from the briny yet sweet seafood.
Another stunning dish is the Truffle Gnocchi ($46++). The house-made potato gnocchi was soft and chewy, cooked with crema, wild mushroom and veal demi ragu and topped with shaved truffle. If you love mushrooms and truffle, this is the dish for you!
The Roasted Chicken “Dominick” ($48++) was very tender and flavourful, as it is cooked with white balsamic, red chilli flakes and comes with roasted potato. Although listed as a main/entree, I feel this would be good to share with the table.
The Roasted Black Cod ($56++) is a dish exclusive to Singapore. The cod is marinated and pan-seared and then finished in the oven. It has a very tender bite with a creamy tart finish, and topped with crispy fried portobello mushrooms.
The New York Strip ($95++) comes in heavy at 396grams, so it’s definitely not for the faint-hearted! Not sure what the doneness is, but it tastes like medium rare. Alternatively, for those who can’t get enough of the steak, you can order the Porterhouse ($185++), which weighs a whopping 906grams! The 45-day dry-aged Australian beef is seasoned with salt, pepper and olive oil, then grilled to order and served with the house steak sauce, grilled lemon, roasted garlic clove, fried shishitio peppers and crispy thyme. I like the hints of bitterness from the char broiler, and it enhances the savouriness of whole dish.
There are some trimmings to go with your mains, such as the Creamed Spinach ($18++), Brussels Sprouts ($18++) and Jumbo Asparagus ($18++). These are good to cut the heavy-handed tastes and flavours of some of the mains.
You must not leave LAVO without trying their desserts! Especially their signature 20 Layer Chocolate Cake ($24++), which is visually a stunner! An impressively tall ‘devil’s food’ cake that’s layered with creamy peanut butter mascarpone stacked 20 layers high, and finished with a chocolate ganache and peanut brittle. The peanut butter mascarpone was sweet but contrasted well with the slightly bitter and moist chocolate cake.
The New York Cheesecake Sundae ($16++) features small squares of cheesecake dipped in white and dark chocolate, accompanied with balsamic macerated strawberries, house-made strawberry gelato, and finished with whipped cream and fresh strawberries.
The oh-so-famous Italian dessert, Tiramisu ($16++), deserves a shout out. The espresso-soaked lady fingers was soft and strong in flavour, and the mascarpone mousse was not too sweet. Delicious treat that was gone in no time!
If you’ve not had enough chocolate, try this Chocolate Hazelnut Budino ($16++) which is essentially a Nutella mousse, topped with chopped pistachios, sea salt and fresh cream. There was a nice contrast and balance in this dish, with a nutty after taste against the smooth and creamy mousse.
Looking deceptively plain, this Olive Oil Cake (16++) is anything but. There are strong hints of olive oil and lemon in the cake, which gives a citrusy flavour, and it kind of melts in your mouth! It’s served with house-made lemon olive oil gelato, rosemary whipped cream and candied fennel.
For those who do not have a sweet tooth, this Oreo Zeppole ($20++) is essentially fried Oreos, served with malted vanilla milkshake at the side. Dip the fried Oreos in and enjoy!
LAVO is a place for you to splurge for an occasion, to enjoy the scenic views of the city, and of course, to let your hair down and party as the night goes on. Experience ‘vibe dining’ like never before!
Address: Level 57, Sands Skypark Hotel Tower 1, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956
Opening Hours: Daily 5pm – 2am
Telephone: +65 6688 8591