On the prime of Le Duan avenue in District 1, shielded behind a wall of timber and below a cover of shade, is Tavola (1 Le Duan Road, situated inside Petro Vietnam Tower at 1-5 Le Duan). It occupies the bottom flooring of PV Tower, inside strolling distance of Notre Dame Cathederal and a few of the metropolis’s greatest procuring. Serving a mixture of basic and trendy dishes made out of the best elements in genuine Italian model, Tavola is a peaceable oasis of Italian magnificence and nice eating within the middle of Ho Chi Minh Metropolis.
Tavola, which accurately means “desk” in Italian, opened in November 2017. Its founder, Tran Thi Hoai Anh, has a background in advertising and worldwide enterprise growth, and needed to create a restaurant in Saigon that captured her love of Italian delicacies. She assembled an Italian dream workforce that included Mariasole Capodanno, a Milan-based F&B advisor, to create a signature Italian expertise, and PierFranco Mannazzu, a veteran Italian chef, additionally from Milan, who has labored in a few of Milan’s most trendy and elite eating places. These three have mixed their abilities to create a classy, elegant and trendy setting with an impressive menu of basic and trendy Italian delicacies.
Previous Long-established Cocktail
An excellent dinner begins with nice drinks, and right here Tavola doesn’t disappoint. For the traditionalist, strive the Previous Long-established (VND220,000), or strive signature Tavola Sundown (VND180,000), a gin infusion with egg white topping. Wine-lovers will probably be happy to seek out a big selection of worldwide wines, that are additionally built-in into the design as a wine library on the far wall. The inside has an opulent, luxuious really feel dominated by polished brass, glass and black marble. Monumental home windows join the indoor and outside eating areas, whereas no wall separates the indoor eating space from the kitchen. Chandelliers of incandescent bulbs forged a comfortable yellow mild over the areas.
The menu at Tavola is a mix of classics and trendy dishes with a pervasive give attention to utilizing high quality elements. They supply each native natural fruit and veggies in addition to genuine Italian merchandise. Breakfast and lunch dishes embody pastries, soups, salads and sandwiches, in addition to some classics, all made with a give attention to pure flavors.
The dinner menu begins with a mouthwatering array of starters, which embody chilly minimize and cheese platters. The Tavola Signature (VND450,000), their hottest starter, consists of an assortment of thinly-sliced and delecate cured meats, three sorts of cheese, and mattress of backyard herbs and a facet of bread and honey. Served heat and completely Instagrammable, that is greater than sufficient for 2 folks to get began.
Tagliata di Manzo
Additional down the menu, you’ll discover a collection of connoisseur genuine italian pizzas, handmade pasta and risotto, and Tavola’s signature fish and meat mains. In an institution with unimpeachable high quality and a focus to element, the Tagliata di Manzo (VND900,000), a sliced ribeye steak, is a assured winner. Calmly seasoned and gently seared, the main target of this dish is the meat itself, moderately than a contrived sauce of some type. It’s served beneath thinly shaved sheets of parmigiano reggiano and on a mattress of rocket, and comes with sides of steamed zuccini and twice-fried chips.
Tavola is a perfect place for lovers of nice Italian meals, beautiful interiors, or anybody in want of a chic night away from the noise of the town. Apart from the open eating room and outside seating on the primary flooring, there are bigger rooms upstairs that may be reserved for giant teams. After dinner, the chef comes round to the desk to pay his respects, and you may be desirous to pay yours as properly. For an genuine Italian oasis within the coronary heart of Ho Chi Minh Metropolis, pull up a chair at Tavola.
Photos by Vy Lam