The place: Modern Spanish fine dining helmed by Chef Paolo Casagrande from two-Michelin-starred Lasarte Restaurant in Barcelona. Vasco will serve two different tasting menus, one featuring the restaurant’s signature dishes and another seasonal menu highlighting fresh local organic ingredients.
The look: It’s no surprise given her previous work at AMMO that Joyce Wang has transformed this heritage space into a contemporary dining space that is light, airy and magnificently executed. Vasco overlooks its downstairs sister-restaurant, Isono, giving a loft-style appeal to it. One large circular private dining room is suspended in mid-air and appears like a giant bank vault from underneath while the second boardroom-style private room is a perfect corporate dinner spot without being stuffy. There’s a charming terrace for evening cocktails and the main restaurant seating is classy, quiet and sophisticated.
The taste: An amuse bouche of cod throat stew was thick and creamy and tasted so much better than its description would lead you to believe. Chef Paolo’s slow-cooked egg is his signature dish and it was easily our favourite of the day. The risotto was the very appearance of health with a vibrant green sheen and succulent chunks of tuna laid on top surrounded by melted rounds of cheese. We felt positively pious with our choice despite it most probably containing a great deal of other less pious ingredients to attain its delicious flavour. The beef was perfectly medium rare with a dollop of creamy mash and was the perfect serving size for lunch. The lemon tart that followed was small and delicate with several textures meshed together in the form of a meringue foam, smooth custard, crunchy cookie bits and a spoon of cool sorbet for a delightful and delicate pudding. The petit fours came served in an opulent glass display tree along with a selection of tea to accompany the final finisher.
The verdict: Both the décor and the food are beautiful. Occupying a significant portion of PMQ, Vasco will be an ideal pick for business lunches and dinners while from the looks of it, Isono will be the cool new hangout on the block.
7/F, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, 2156 0888