The Sheraton Towers Singapore is home to the popular Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant and The Dining Room which overlooks a really relaxing waterfall. What many people do not know however is that the property also houses the DOMVS, The Italian Restaurant. First things first, what exactly is DOMVS? Apparently, it means 'home' in Latin.
DOMVS, The Italian Restaurant was first opened in 1985 and after being revamped in 2007, this charming little space now offers generously portioned Italian food with a modern spin. I had a lunch reservation on a Saturday afternoon and was running late so I felt really bad but when I finally got there, the restaurant was surprisingly empty and therefore a little intimidating. I'm not sure if this is the norm or was it just a slower weekend when I visited but this is probably not a good first date location (unless you are absolutely certain of being able to hold a conversation throughout).
While the staff were attentive and it was not difficult to get their attention at all, they seem a little uncertain about things. In fact, one of them thought the table was set incorrectly so she told another wait staff to change the layout and only to return it back to its original position in the end.
The first dish that I sampled was the Calamari Salad which in my opinion was not executed properly. Firstly, the calamari itself was not crispy enough. Even though the batter was light and flavour-wise it checked all the right boxes, it just didn't give me the satisfying crunch I was expecting.
The Wagyu Beef Carpaccio is one of DOMVS, The Italian Restaurant's signature dishes but it did not really deliver as well. Visually, it looks pretty but taste-wise, it just didn't impress me as much - it lacked beefiness and the carpaccio failed to give a melt-in-your-mouth texture.
After having eaten a couple of less-than-stunning entrées, I was a little bit skeptical about the mains but boy was this Crayfish Capellini good! Al dente pasta and fresh flavourful shellfish - this dish is everything you want from a pasta. With that being said, they should have been a little more generous with the crayfish perhaps?
The signature Lamb Chops were also done to perfection - good balance of flavours from the sauce and the meat without being too gamey. This is a dish you have to try if you visit DOMVS, The Italian Restaurant!
For dessert, the Molten Chocolate Lava Cake did not disappoint as well. The moment of truth for every lava cake (especially when they name it molten) is when you place your fork through the center of the cake. You should expect thick and consistent chocolate to flow out of the cake-like shell and this dish just did all that for me.
I really enjoyed the Banana Strudel (albeit being a little small) as well - the contents were hot, rich and flavourful; the vanilla-bean ice-cream was consistent and it also had the right sweetness - both components went really well together.
DOMVS, The Italian Restaurant feels a little cold for a place that is called 'Home' in Latin. I may probably come back for more of that Lamb Chop and Banana Strudel but do I have a burning desire to come back all the time? Perhaps not.