Note: Lumo is open for takeway and delivery daily from 11.30am to 9.30pm.

There’s a new hangout spot in Boat Quay. Taking its name from the word for “light” in the international auxiliary language Esperanto, Lumo is a 1,600 sq ft cocktail bar and restaurant that specialises in modern European fare combining wood-fire cooking with modern methods, as well as innovative cocktails.

The Aged Chicken Mid- wings Aigre Doux (left) are dry- aged for three days, then smoked with applewood on the grill. 

Driven by the concept of light, from the menu to the design of the place, owner Alex Chok shares, “We envisioned interiors that capture and instill the feelings of community, a defining principle of Lumo, through the values and symbolisms of light. We hope to create a welcoming social space that exudes positivity and creativity.”

High tables, including the bar counter, are at a height of 95cm – suitable for both seated meals or standing and mingling. 

Collectively designed by Lumo’s team, the 70-seater joint is split into two distinct spaces – a bar and an open kitchen that embrace the chic simplicity of Scandinvanian themes. The bar area features dark marble table tops, a black veneer-clad wall and sleek leather furnishings that give the industrial feel of its concrete flooring and wooden slats a degree of modern sophistication. A contemporary LED light fixture mirrors the curvature of the counter, and together with warm lights under the countertop, cast it in a soft glow.

The open layout as well as informal seating options, from high stools and U-shaped booth seats upholstered in olive green leather to a long communal table, allude to an ambience that encourages lots of social interaction – much like a cool house party. Full-height glass windows allow for views of the street outside, further adding to the sense of openness.

The open kitchen with steel furnishings and a marble counter imparts a luxe, industrial vibe. 

To check out what’s cooking, walk through a mirrored passageway that leads to the open kitchen. Here, you can park yourself at the counter or at one of the dining tables to watch head chef Martin Wong and his team sear or smoke meats over a wood-fire grill. While you’re there, don’t miss out on Lumo’s repertoire of playful breakfast-inspired cocktails. And if they don’t impress those of you with adventurous taste buds, head bartender Josiah Chee’s Impossible Meat-infused concoction will.

Lumo is at #01-00, 50 South Bridge Road. To find out more, visit

Photos Koh Sze Kiat/Oddinary Studios and Da Photographer