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Favourite restaurants of a Hong Kong jewellery designer in Macau

From a delicious dessert tea set with 10 different sweet items to healthy Portuguese dishes, Dora Tam knows what tastes good

PUBLISHED : Monday, 30 April, 2018, 12:47pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 03 May, 2018, 2:54pm

Jewellery maker Dora Tam was born in Hong Kong but now lives in Macau, where she runs the Dora Tam Design Shop.

I go out about twice a week for dinner. My mom cooks the other times so I eat at home a lot. But I enjoy being out in the company of friends and chatting with them more than eating.

I am Buddhist so I am mostly vegetarian and do not eat red meat at all, but I do love desserts, coffee and having drinks. Most of my friends aren’t vegetarians, so I just order some vegetables and rice for myself. I try to accommodate them and won’t insist they abstain from meat.

One of the places I love in Macau is Windows Restaurant at the Four Seasons (Level 1, Four Seasons Macao, Cotai Strip, Estrada da Baia de N. Senhora da Esperanca, Taipa, tel: +853 2881 8822). I go there for meetings, spending time with friends, and even have lunch and dinner too.

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The setting is very comfortable, relaxing and beautiful. My favourite thing to order is the dessert tea set with 10 different sweet items. Sometimes I even have it for a late lunch while I am meeting with someone.

For visitors, I might take them to Tromba Rija at the Macau Tower (Macau Tower Convention & Entertainment Centre, Largo da Torre de Macau, tel: +853 2896 2878) for traditional Portuguese dishes. The restaurant is big, so even a 20-person party is fine. The signature dish that everyone tries is the suckling pig.

For a more casual meal, I enjoy The V. Club (Shop G-I, La Baia No.1, A11 Avenida Comercial de Macau, Praia Grande, tel: +853 2822 8166). It’s mainly Chinese-style vegetarian but with some fusion veggie dishes too. I like to order the mock barbecue platter and the mock sweet and sour pork with gluten instead of pork. The soups are very nice too.

For something fancier, I would go back to Windows, but I will also go to Heart Bar (Ascott Macau, No. 339 Rua Cidade de Braga, Nape, tel: +853 2822 8523). It is on the second floor of the Ascott Macau and has an open terrace. I like it outside, where it has a Thai resort feel, with a water feature and trees. The crowd is very young and they love the place. I like the cocktails and champagne, and the red and white wine is OK too. I like variety.

Sometimes I do miss Hong Kong. When I used to live there, I liked going to Knutsford Terrace to meet my friends. Wildfire (2 Knutsford Terrace, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 3690 1598) is one of the places I remember that was pretty good for drinks and dinner snacks.

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Also, I like Veggie Spinner (144 Tung Lo Wan Road, Tai Hang, tel: 2802 6126). The girl who runs it does all these healthy, colourful and beautiful salads. They only have about four tables but they do delivery service.