There’s so much culinary ground to cover in Macau, a weekend is definitely way too short. From local diners that have been around for generations to private kitchens to internationally acclaimed fine dining, Macau has it all.
There are plenty of white tablecloth restaurants to choose from: Start with the slew of leaders in French gastronomy. Add in pan-Asian heroes like Shinji by Kanasaka—the Michelin two starred Tokyo sushi master. Take note that the best Italian in town is at Michelin one-starred Otto e Mezzo by Bombana, younger sibling of the Michelin three-starred spot in Hong Kong.
Last year, Macau was named a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy, and it’s little wonder, with all the Michelin and Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants winners. In fact, the city hosted the latter’s awards ceremony this year and will again in 2019, bringing international journalists and foodies for a taste of the diverse, delectable flavors.
The wonderful mix of the rich culinary legacy covers the best regional Chinese restaurants, with a focus on Guangdong region, as well as authentic home-style Macanese restaurants and Portuguese heritage places, where the complex dishes tell the story of Portugal’s legacy: adventure, voyage and trade.
These pages hold some top tables we recommend. It’s a pity there are only so many meals a person can have in a day. Try to stop by some places for an offhour snack… or maybe consider changing venues for each course!
Chef Mitsuharu Tsumura.
MGM Cotai opened this year with 10 restaurants and bars under its stunning skylight roof, including some standouts from headlining chefs: Grill 58 by Michelin two-starred Mauro Colagreco of Mirazur in France (also No. 4 on the World’s 50 Best list); all-day dining Coast by celebrity chef Graham Elliot bringing the flavors of California to Macao; and desserts by Janice Wong. And Aji is a delicious mix of Japanese and Peruvian flavors from chef Mitsuharu Tsumura of Maido restaurant in Lima, which sits at No. 7 on the World’s 50 Best list.
The citrusy Nikkei cebiche at Aji.
The latest opening on the Cotai strip, Morpheus hotel has a Pierre Hermé Lounge serving both savories and sweets. The pastry maestro was named World’s Best Pastry chef at the 2016 World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards. The gastro-decadence extends to breakfasts and room service—all taken care of by the Pierre Hermé team. Alain Ducasse at Morpheus restaurant is the French culinary master’s first fine-dining restaurant in Macao, alongside his more casual Voyages by Ducasse, a concept that made its debut here. The menu was inspired by his travels around the world over the past 30 years, with a focus on Asian flavors and spices. Expect a delightfully rich menu: our favorites include the shrimp toast with katsuobushi flakes, and the crab cake with sweet corn velouté.
Wynn and Wynn Palace
The sister hotels Wynn and Wynn Palace together make for a gastronome’s dream. Do not miss the stewed fish maw with crab claw in Supreme chicken soup at Michelin two-starred Golden Flower at Wynn; it’s the essence of Cantonese flavours distilled in liquid form. Wing Lei Palace at Wynn Palace serves up some of the best Cantonese dishes you’ll find in Macao, from the lychee-wood barbecue roasts to dim sum and live seafood. If you can’t decide, go for the tasting menu. Carnivores will delight in SW Steakhouse, which serves the best cuts along with bountiful seafood, to the background of animatronic vignettes. Finally, enjoy a large tea selection and contemporary Sichuan food at Andrea or have the omakase menu at Sushi Mizumi at Wynn Palace.
Wing Lei Palace, a Cantonese heaven.
The Eight offers pristine, playful dim sum.
For southern Italian home cooking in a stylish, relatively casual setting, visit Casa Don Alfonso at Grand Lisboa. Where to go for the best yum cha? The Eight is a real treat: pristine dim sum arrives in the shape of adorable gold fishes, and crab noodles come with the smoky kiss of the wok. Meanwhile, Robuchon au Dome lives up to its reputation as the destination dining spot for Macao—many guests travel in by plane or ferry solely to dine here. Aside from the food, the wine list is unrivaled, an oenophile’s dream, an excellent selection at very fair prices.
Macanese and Portuguese Fare
Portuguese flair at Antonio’s.
La Famiglia for Macanese.
If you fancy great food in a less formal setting, La Famiglia in Taipa Village serves up delicious home-style authentic Macanese cuisine. Fado at Hotel Royal serves up contemporary takes on Portuguese dishes, with many dishes cooked and presented at the table; our favorite is the Bacalhau à Bras—slivers of cod cooked tableside with eggs, garlic and skinny shoestring fries, garnished with parsley, black olives and chives. Yum! Finally, don’t leave out Macao institution Antonio’s, a Portuguese restaurant where chef Antonio himself sabres champagne and serves guests to the steady beat of live music and plenty of Portuguese red wine.
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