Yamazato offers the height of Japanese fine dining in Macau

Kaiseki meals are elevated to new heights at Yamazato in Macau offering great food and great views

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 19 October, 2016, 12:21pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 18 October, 2017, 1:13pm

There are an increasing number of Japanese dining options in Macau, but Yamazato, located on the 28th floor of Hotel Okura, is the only restaurant serving kaiseki meals.

This highly refined style of dining, which is often tailor made, has evolved from the elaborate Zen Buddhist tea ceremony of the 16th century, and is viewed as the ultimate expression of Japanese cuisine. It usually involves a multicourse meal using only the finest seasonal ingredients and cooking techniques, drawing comparisons to tasting menus and Western-style haute cuisine.

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Decked out with wooden ceilings and Japanese minimalist design, the restaurant makes for a traditional setting and its high location offers some of the best views in Macau.

Chief executive chef, Mr. Akira Hayashi, from Kyoto Japan, is at the helm and he is famous for his kaiseki-ryōri sets. He has carefully worked out some superb dishes for guests using only the most seasonal and prime ingredients available. 

We start with an assortment of flathead fish jelly, ginko nut and tiger shrimp sushi with chrysanthemum  - the shrimps are some of the most succulent we’ve ever tasted and the presentation is stunning.

The main course steals the show - Oita bungo beef sukini is melt in the mouth. You cook the beef in your own hot pot and to your desired taste. Bungo-gyu cows are raised on Oita’s fertile land; therefore its beef is soft and has plenty of fat. If you take one bite your mouth will be full of sweet juicy beef. The delicious rice bowl that followed with sea urchin and salmon roe was so tasty we had to ask for seconds.

For dessert, green tea panna cotta with plum jelly was served. The panna cotta had a wonderfully mild sweetness, and together with the plum jelly it was the icing on the cake for this thoughtfully planned and crafted lunch set.

The view to the Galaxy resort swimming pools and gardens are well worth getting a table by the window for.

We tried the Kaiseki Set-Lunch priced at 600 patacas per person and it was specially tailor-made for us. Customers can also request a special tailor-made menu for the same price, or otherwise can order from the standard menu.

28th Floor, Hotel Okura Macau, Galaxy Macau, Cotai, Macau, (853) 8883 5127