From the guys behind Chaze & Maze comes Lavo – lively contemporary dining that seems to be the buzz word around PJ folk these days.
I’ve heard over the grapevine that several oenophiles love this watering-hole for its extensive wine list, but little did I know, that the place serves a respectable list of modern Asian-Western dishes too.
And while the wine list goes on forever, so does the cocktail list.
Look out for Lavo specialty cocktails on the menu – booze geeks will like these ones which offer a change from run of the mill tipple.
Oh yes indeed. Safe to say, we diligently worked our way down the cocktail list that afternoon – Smoked Sweetness (RM29; Hennessy VSOP, red & green grapes, elderflower syrup, thyme, Peychaud’s Bitters), Kokomo Caipirinha (RM23; rum, malibu, strawberries, pineapples, house-made pandan syrup, molasses brown sugar), Lychee Longan Mojito (RM26; Sailor Jerry spiced rum, sour rhubarb liqueur, lychee & longan nectars), Watermelon Slammer (RM28; Smirnoff, Midori, Kwai Feh, watermelon) & Chilled XO-Tini (RM29; Patron XO Cafe, kahlua, espresso, roasted hazelnut syrup), to name a few.
All perfectly enjoyed as is, or even better, paired with food.
The Chicken fillets rolled in Crackly deep-fried Tofu, served with Thai chilli sauce (RM15) is incredibly addictive and I would order this with a bottle of wine and be happy for the evening.
The Char Kuey Teow was interesting but call me a die-hard streetside CKT fan, because I found this dish just so-so(RM13).
A defiantly springy spring chicken(RM30)., I’d opt for this instead of the CKT. Loved the succulent flesh paired with creamy buttery mash. Oh yum.
A grilled rib-eye steak (RM49 for 220g),served medium rare with conventional sauces such as port wine, peppercorn, mushroom or garlic, was not particularly memorable. It was a good size though, with little fat, and definitely value for money.
Lavo’s duck breast pizza was toothsome and generously speckled with their home-smoked bird – Rocket leaves, mozzarella cheese & tomato sauce was a smorgasbord of delightful flavours for the win and priced only at RM24.
Lavo’s pasta delivered in spades with this soft-shell crab number – the crustacean was huge, battered and deep-fried to perfection (RM33).
We paired a red 2012’s Saint-Emilion Grand Cru by Château Tour des Combes rather nicely with our meal, upon the sommelier’s fine recommendation.
Dessert was a colorful affair and a massive mix of flavours so I couldn’t tell you what I liked best – the butter cake layered with fruits & butterscotch sauce & vanilla ice cream (RM12), or the cloyingly sweet Gula Melaka pandan cheesecake (RM13) or even the chocolate brownie (RM15). Ah yes, one big sweet blur indeed.
All in all, a lovely afternoon over delicious wine and cocktails. Will have to be back for more dishes before we can safely pass judgement on the menu.
Menara Lien Hoe, Persiaran Tropicana,
not many places where u can find CKT & steak under the same roof!
i guess LOL!