From creative dim sum to barbequed suckling pig and soya pigeon to deep-fried Ibérico pork ribs in coffee sauce, here are ten restaurants, both traditional and modern, serving some of the best fare in Macau’s Cantonese fine dining scene.
Wing Lei Palace
A feast for the senses, the palatial grandeur of Wing Lei Palace is rivalled only by the excellence of its cuisine and service. Seasonal menus include favourites such as wok-fried sliced duck, braised whole fresh abalone in oyster sauce, and barbequed suckling pig. Dishes, including a fine selection of dim sum, are complimented by an impressive selection of 50 speciality teas curated by Wynn Palace’s master tea sommelier. Seven luxurious private dining rooms feature ensuite bathrooms, and three have private terraces by the spectacular Performance Lake.
Wynn Palace, Avenida da Nave Desportiva, Cotai
+853 8889 3663, wynnpalace.com
Serving authentic Chiu Chow fare for more than 40 years, Pak Loh delivers a high standard of food, wine, and service. The sliced goose meat and tofu with the rich marinade is a must-try, while the crispy baby oysters flavoured with spicy salt is a good choice for wine pairing. The seafood is good here, in particular the sautéed sliced pomfret with preserved olives, a fine example the versatility of this cuisine.
Pak Loh, G048, G/F, Galaxy Macau, Estrada da Baía da Nossa Senhora da Esperança
+853 8883 2221, galaxymacau.com
The calibre of cooking at this traditional Cantonese restaurant makes a visit worthwhile, despite the din from bustling the casino below. The classic crispy fried chicken is presented in an oversized clay pot atop a bed of salt; the bird is moist, and the skin papery-thin and crisp. The Chinese broccoli with bamboo piths in superior stock is delicately seasoned, while the signature wok-fried Boston lobster with Sichuan chilli is a powerful flavour bomb, with the spices complementing yet not overshadowing the shellfish.
Sands Macao Hotel, 3/F, Largo de Monte Carlo, No. 203
+853 8983 8222, sandsmacao.com
One of The Venetian's best-kept secrets, Canton serves not only Cantonese food but also a healthy dose of flavorful dishes from a number of cities across mainland China. Award-winning chef Mak Wai Ming, whose career has spanned nearly a quarter of a century, has cooked up a number of exceptional signature dishes, including the crispy chicken, stir-fried diced pork loin with chilli and baby leeks, with a perfect balance of flavours and textures.
The Venetian Macao, Casino Level 1, Shop 1018, Estrada da Baia de Nossa Senhora da Esperanca
+853 8118 9930, venetianmacao.com
Inspired by the various dynasties of China, the restaurant offers a good selection of Cantonese and regional Chinese dishes, with gourmet tea selections to match. The crisp-fried crab claw with five spices and garlic pepper arrives pleasantly golden and crisp throughout. The deep-fried Ibérico pork ribs in coffee sauce is a contemporary surprise, with crunchy riblets tossed and coated in a sweet coffee glaze. For dessert, try the piping hot crispy golden sesame balls with salted egg yolk and custard.
Conrad Macao, Cotai Central, Estrada do Istmo, Cotai
+853 8113 8920, sandscotaicentral.com
Man Ho Chinese Restaurant
From the made-to-order dim sum morsels to elegant banquet cuisine, Cantonese dishes created by JW Marriott Hotel Macau’s Chinese executive chef, Andy Ng, reflect the best of traditional specialities and regional favourites. Signature dishes include fried rice with sea whelk salted and century egg; honey beans sautéed with preserved choi sum; and soya pigeon flavoured with vintage tangerine peel. Man Ho also offers a good selection of wines and spirits, including Chinese Maotai.
JW Marriot, 1/F, Galaxy Macau, Cotai, Estrada da Baía da Nossa Senhora da Esperança
+853 8886 6228, galaxymacau.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 is almost sinful.
Altira Macau, 11/F, Avenida de Kwong Tung, Taipa
+853 2886 8868, altiramacau.com
Jin Yue Xuan
With a wide selection of Cantonese delicacies including some creative dim sum dishes, Jin Yue Xuan at the Galaxy Macau boasts smart interiors, polished service and Cantonese classics. The braised chicken with fresh abalone and fish maw in clay pot is one of the restaurant’s signature dishes and is made for four or six persons. Try the dim sum for lunch; the deep-fried dumplings stuffed with pork, shrimp and crabmeat are a crispy delight.
Jin Yue Xuan, 1001, 1/F, Galaxy Hotel, Galaxy Macau, Cotai, Estrada da Baía da Nossa Senhora da Esperança
+853 88883 2200, galaxymacau.com
Laurel has a traditional Chinese feel with bright colours, high ceilings, marble interiors and plush furnishings. The restaurant has a number of braised sea cucumber dishes on the menu, each of which is succulent and perfectly cooked. For starters, try the cold abalone with salmon and snail. If you desire a fish dish that’s light and flavoursome, there’s no better choice than the steamed garoupa with vegetables.
Laurel, G127, G/F, Galaxy Macau, Cotai, Estrada da Baía da Nossa Senhora da Esperança
+853 8883 2298, galaxymacau.com
Located on the 51st floor of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, this 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 pumpkin and steamed crab claw with egg white in lobster bisque.
Lai Heen, 51/F, The Ritz-Carlton, Estrada da Baía da Nossa Senhora da Esperança
+853 8886 6712, galaxymacau.com