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Looking for a good place for pizza, pasta and steak?
I was, and lately I’ve realised (again, perhaps) I’m the kind of person who likes to constantly try new things and have new experiences… hence my endless love for exploring new restaurants. Maybe you’re the same way? If you are – and if you love Italian food – check out VELO at K11 MUSEA.
Design-wise, the restaurant is glossy and chic. There are two different vibes depending on where you sit – the slightly more casual resto-bar space or the proper dining room with its white tablecloths.
The menu is full of Italian classics with a twist, through we couldn’t help ordering some tasty-sounding international dishes too.
We started with the polpo alla griglia, or grilled Spanish octopus ($228). The octopus was fresh and bouncy, served with a lemon caper sauce, cherry tomatoes and generous lashings of olive oil.
Next up was the pizza al tartufo nero ($198) with mascarpone and mozzarella cheeses, mache salad and black truffle oil. This was a highlight for its crisp, cracker-like crust and unusual combination of toppings.
Another highlight (and perhaps my favourite dish of the night) was the spaghetti ai ricci di mare ($268). The garlicky sea urchin sauce was rich and savoury (and there was lots of it!), the pasta a perfect chewy al dente.
Following the pasta, we had the 40-day dry-aged bistecca di sottofiletto di manzo ($368/350g). This rib-eye was the dish I’d been most looking forward to. It was tender, hearty and satisfying – fatty but not overwhelmingly so, delicious on its own or with the red wine jus. One small quibble was that both the roasted and mashed potato ($68) were quite dry.
For dessert, the tiramisu ($98) is a safe choice – not too intense.
We couldn’t stop eating the cake of the week, a light and fluffy taro sponge ($78).
If you’re looking for an Italian spot with an international twist, consider giving VELO a try. I recommend the pizza, pasta and steak, but note that the restaurant also puts on a popular semi-buffet dinner ($298+/person) – including fresh seafood, a roast carving station and an optional main course – that’s easy on the wallet.
This write-up is based on a complimentary media tasting provided in exchange for an honest review and no monetary compensation. The opinions expressed here represent the author’s.
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