The local food scene had much to cheer about, with one dozen restaurants in Macau garnering one star each in the Michelin Guide Hong Kong Macau 2017. Here is the complete list of restaurants in Macau that have been star-struck.
8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo
Acclaimed chef Umberto Bombana’s extravagant, one-Michelin-starred Italian restaurant is undoubtedly beautiful and manages to stay true to traditional flavours. The Napolitan ragu pappardelle made with wagyu beef and Ibérico pork is simultaneously elegant and comforting. A perfectly cooked Greffeuille AAA lamb, paired with bittersweet endives, roasted artichokes and neat quenelles of artichoke purée, has the kind of taste, presentation and touches that have enabled the restaurant to open four Asian branches and receive Michelin and “Asia’s Best 50 Top Restaurant” honours. The bar is a worthy destination on its own, with an impressive selection of Italian liquors and liqueurs.
8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo. 1031, 1/F, Galaxy Macau
+853 8886 2169, galaxymacau.com
Estabelecimento De Comidas King
Chef Cheng Kam Fu, affectionally known as Brother Fu by his many patrons, helms both two Michelin-starred Celebrity Cuisine in Hong Kong’s Lan Kwai Fung, and one-starred Estabelecimento De Comidas King in Macau. Featuring homestyle Cantonese dishes, like its sister in the other SAR, King serves a fantastic rendition of a crispy-skin fried chicken, an ideal choice to start the meal. Other highlights include Cantonese classics such as whole superior abalone in oyster sauce, baked chicken with Shaoxing wine, and BBQ baby pigeon, which like all items on the menu, are cooked to high standards with the best of ingredients.
Estabelecimento De Comidas King, AIA Tower, Avenida Comercial
+853 2875 7218, comidasking.com
The Golden Peacock
The place to go for fine renditions of Indian culinary traditions. The chilgoza palak paneer, for example, is a classic combination, with the toothsome cottage cheese cloaked in a vibrant spinach-based curry sauce. What’s more, the lunchtime buffet is one of the finest spreads in Macau, offering a diverse range of excellent curries and Indian chaat (savoury snacks), including Hyderabadi murgh biryani, a classic chicken-rice dish that combines fluffy basmati rice flavoured with a hint of rosewater and tempered with browned onions and mint leaves. And don't miss the Travancore fish curry features a fleshy tranche of black cod, seasoned with Keralan spices and curry leaves, with a sweet coconut undernote.
The Golden Peacock, Casino Level 1, Shop 1037, The Venetian Macao, Estrada da Baia de N. Senhora da Esperanca +853 8118 9696, venetianmacao.com
One-Michelin-starred steakhouse The Kitchen serves premium cuts around the world, from Kagoshima Wagyu to US prime beef, while grilled veal chop is one of its most sought-after signature dishes. Other must-trys on the grill are the ultra-tender 38-ounce Grade 5 Tomahawk Steak and the Australian Wagyu beef sushi roll. Lunches are popular here with the salad bar buffet and a choice of mains, and the à la carte menu runs the gamut from sashimi and maki rolls to pizza and steaks. Polish off the meal with the apple tart Tatin, featuring beautiful slices of caramelised apple with vanilla; the fruit is cooked to a perfect texture that was not too mushy and retained a lovely bite to it.
The Kitchen, Level 3, Grand Lisboa, Avenida de Lisboa
+853 8803 7777, grandlisboa.com
Awarded its first star this year, contemporary Cantonese restaurant Lai Heen, on the 51st floor of the Ritz-Carlton, is not only Macau’s highest Chinese eatery but arguably the best dressed. The walls, for example, are embellished with beautiful designs crafted from thousands of pieces of ceramic tiles, while the main dining room is resplendent with classic Chinese vessels and decorations complemented by ceramic vase chandeliers. The cuisine is equally sophisticated and as meticulously prepared as the décor, featuring signature such dishes as baked crispy fried rice with seafood in whole baby pumpkin and steamed crab claw with egg white in lobster bisque.
Lai Heen, 51/F, The Ritz-Carlton, Macau, Estrada da Baía da Nossa Senhora da Esperança
+853 8886 6712, galaxymacau.com
A truly exquisite dining experience awaits at Pearl Dragon, Studio City’s signature Chinese restaurant overseen by Michelin-starred Chef Tam Kwok Fung. With a distinctive interior design that reflects the restaurant’s dedication to perfection, Pearl Dragon offers a unique menu showcasing refined provincial flavours, innovative creations as well as the finest delicacies. Chef Tam’s kitchen mastery is demonstrated in his stir-fried lobster with caviar—it’s a perfect example of his prowess in controlling the timing and his familiarity with ingredients. The crustacean is quickly tossed in the hot wok, turning into morsels with a coral hue and garnished with dabs of caviar, promising tender richness in every bite.
Pearl Dragon, Shop, 2111, 2/F, Star Tower at Studio City, Estrada do Istmo, Cotai
+853 8865 6560, studiocity-macau.com
Shinji By Kanesaka
The dining experience at Shinji by Kanesaka, featuring set sushi courses and omakase menus, offers many highlights, including the highly flavourful horse mackerel nigiri with a ginger and spring onion topping; house-cured salmon roe on rice, a comforting and elegant dish, in which the roe pops delicately on the palate, releasing its intense fish oils over the lightly vinegared rice; and raw slivers of squid paired with freshly ground wasabi, soy sauce and sakura blossoms.
Shinji By Kanesaka, Level 1, Crown Towers, City of Dreams, Estrada do Istmo, Cotai
+853 8868 7300, cityofdreamsmacau.com
Terrazza Italian Restaurant
The casual comfort of this Italian restaurant belies a fine-dining menu with a range of regional classics, including house-made antipasti and durum wheat pasta, succulent meat dishes and decadent desserts. The slow cooked, herb crusted rack of lamb, cooked sous vide, is tender and unusually light in flavour, while the tomato-soaked bread, ricotta and marinated eggplant is rustic and rich. A good choice for business, romance or family outing.
Terrazza Italian Restaurant, 201, 2/F, Galaxy Hotel, Avenida Dr Sun Yat Sen, Nape
+853 8883 2221, galaxymacau.com
In 2007, Stanley Ho and Angela Leong invited Hong Kong chef Lai Yau Tim to open Tim’s Kitchen at the Hotel Lisboa in Macau—since 2012, the restaurant has been awarded one Michelin star for five consecutive years. Why? Because chef Lai’s Cantonese food is prepared to perfection. Signature dishes include steamed whole crab claw with winter melon, sliced pork stomach in wasabi sauce and that staple of all Cantonese restaurants, sweet and sour pork ribs, served here in a version that will make you forget all the rest. Another signature dish, crystal king prawns, is particularly good and typifies the fare here: simple, authentic, and outstandingly good.
Tim’s Kitchen, Hotel Lisboa, Lobby Level, East Wing, Avenida de Lisboa, +853 8803 3682, hotelisboa.com
Wing Lei, awarded a Michelin star for its eighth year running, is Wynn’s signature Chinese restaurant. Chef Peter Chan and his team have a proud tradition of allowing the fragrance and spice of traditional cuisine to shine—and they do it masterfully. Tea smoked crispy chicken is heavenly, the aroma filling one’s senses before any morsel has been tasted. The famed char siu comprises barbecued Pata Negra pork, glazed with maple syrup. But even more popular is its baked barbecued pork bun, or char siu bao, a fluffy offering with a crunchy custard crust stuffed with chopped char siu. Be warned: it is impossible to stop at three.
Wing Lei, Wynn Macau, Rua Cidade de Sintra, Nape
+853 8986 3663, wynnmacau.com
Ying serves Cantonese cuisine created at the highest level. Familiar dishes are not reinvented but perfected by a passionate team of chefs. The stir-fried prawn served with crispy rice is presented with artistry, while the explosion of taste and texture between the moist prawn and the base of fried noodles and crispy rice is unforgettable. The fried rice with scallops and crab roe is presented so beautifully that eating it almost feels like an act of vandalism. Popular for its dim sum, Ying’s real coup is its char sui. Try the Ibérico char sui buns or crumble char sui buns with vanilla sauce for decadent interpretations of traditional favourites.
Ying, 1/F, Altira Macau, Avenida de Kwong Tung, Taipa
+853 2886 8868, altiramacau.com
Zi Yat Heen
Set in a tranquil corner of the Four Seasons Hotel Macau, Zi Yat Heen’s impeccable service and its range of unique and flavourful dishes make it a restaurant worth remembering. Start your meal right with baked lamb chops flavoured with coffee sauce, which is perfectly balanced in texture and flavour. A restaurant speciality, the pigeon fillet with Yunnan ham highlights the restaurant’s culinary excellence with unusual flavour profiles that work together harmoniously. The unexpected pairing of thinly sliced pigeon fillet with breaded Yunnan ham makes for a delightfully unique dish: the sweetness of the ham balances the salty tones of the pigeon sautéed in traditional Cantonese style.
Zi Yat Heen, Level 1, Four Seasons, Macau, Estrada da Baía de N Senhora da Esperança, Taipa
+853 2881 8888, fourseasons.com/macau
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