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On Sept. 13, LAVO, the newest creation by the team behind TAO New York and Las Vegas, opened at the Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino. In fact, according to Reuters, for the second consecutive year Tao Las Vegas Restaurant & Nightclub in The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino took the top spot with 2007 food-and-beverage revenues of $66.6 million dollars, up from $55.3 million last year. With this team, LAVO already shows promise of the same success.
The concept for LAVO was inspired by Ancient Mediterranean bathhouses, Latin for “to bathe or cleanse,” with a unique upstairs nightclub and downstairs restaurant designed by AvroKo.
Making his Las Vegas debut, nationally acclaimed chef Ludovic “Ludo” Lefebvre is ready to make LAVO Restaurant a dining experience with signature dishes celebrating the flavors of France, Italy and Spain as well as other Mediterranean classics. Ludo is famous for his innovative twists on traditional French dishes and his passionate, imaginative use of more than 100 international flavors and spices.
“Las Vegas has become a culinary destination of its own and I am so pleased to become a part of it with my first restaurant outside of LA,” Chef Ludo said. “We are really bringing guests a full experience between the menu, high design and unparalleled service.”
Chef Ludo remains the only chef in Los Angeles to receive the prestigious Mobil Travel Guide Five Star Award at two different restaurants: L’Orangerie from 1997-1999 and most recently at Bastide. Ludo has been named one of the World’s 50 Greatest Chefs by Relais & Chateaux, and was also nominated by the prestigious James Beard Foundation for their Rising Star Chef Award.
The LAVO menu is designed to encourage sampling and sharing among friends, which is exactly how the chef loves to eat. The classic Mediterranean dishes arrive to the table at a continuous pace as they are prepared. Signature highlights include Ludo’s Crudos offering the freshest selection of raw fish and with yellowtail, salmon, tuna and scallop; Trio of Mediterranean Spreads where guests can enjoy hummus, Baba ghanoush and artichoke with dried tomato, served with pita bread and za'atar spices; and Lamb Shank “Quesadilla” with cumin roasted eggplant puree, manchego and harissa aioli.
LAVO also features a wood-burning oven, baking some of the best pizza in Las Vegas. The Ultimate Pizza is a delicate balance of roasted lobster, truffles, boschetto cheese, crispy potatoes and caramelized onions. Other larger plate selections are Mediterranean Sea Bass, a filet of delicate sea bass served with roasted olives, caper berries and lemon; Caramelized Salmon with Honey & Orange, served with baby carrots with hints of honey and orange and Paella Ibiziana with seafood, chorizo, and chicken.
Dessert selections are created by Pastry Chef Lynn Hyzer, formerly with ALEX and Daniel Boulud Brasserie at Wynn Las Vegas. Highlights include Chocolate LAVO Obsession, rich chocolate cake served with crème fresh sorbet, cherry compote and pistachio ice cream; Apple Crisp, a playful take on the classic apple pie, served in a hazelnut streusel “bowl,” with cinnamon ice cream; and Warm Chocolate Bread Pudding, a house favorite, accented with creamy dulce de leche and vanilla ice cream.
Adult beverages at LAVO have a great selection which features beer and wine from nearly every region around the Mediterranean. The signature cocktails include Lavolini made with Prosecco, passion fruit and St. Germain; Saggio made with Stoli Blueberry, sage and fresh lemon juice and Uva Blanco made with Smirnoff White Grape, green grapes and St. Germain.
LAVO was conceived as a space that would become a dining destination. The 300-seat restaurant includes 180 seats in the main dining room, a 20-seat private dining room, and 100 seats on the outdoor terrace that also houses the first outside hookah lounge overlooking the Las Vegas Strip. The entry to the main dining room is through the spectacular lounge that has 20-foot ceilings comprised of old wood and low chandeliers that crown the curved bar, leather seating and Moroccan tables below. The restaurant's piece de resistance is a spectacular glass and wood-screened bridge that is flanked with 32 ancient Turkish sinks with brass faucets with running water that lead to the nightclub on the second level.
The restaurant is open seven days a week from 5 p.m. with late night dining until 1am.
LAVO Nightclub Restaurant
Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino
3325 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89136