Seven of the best fine dining restaurants in Macau
Macau offers some impressive fine dining restaurants. Here are seven of the best.
After the world’s most decorated chef Joël Robuchon was enticed to Macau in 2001 by Hotel Lisboa to open the enclave’s first gastronomic restaurant – Robuchon au Dôme is now based at Grand Lisboa Macau – many other fine-dining restaurants have been established across the city. Recent arrivals include 8 ½, Otto e Mezzo Bombana and Fook Lam Moon, whose Hong Kong establishments have both earned Michelin stars (three and one, respectively). Since the inaugural Hong Kong Macau Michelin guide in 2008 there has been a steady number of Macau restaurants featured. This year, 11 starred restaurants and seven Bib gourmand restaurants appeared. Other respected guides such as 100 Top Tables 2015 – a CEO’S Dining Guide, found 20 top Macau restaurants worthy of mentioning.
Some of the best fine-dining restaurants in Macau include:
Robuchon au Dôme which sits on the 43rd floor atop the Grand Lisboa Macau, has retained its three Michelin stars for several years. The restaurant serves exquisite cuisine consisting of fresh ingredients, artistically presented. Signature dishes include caviar de Sologne, pan-fried amadai, grilled Kagoshima beef. Diners can enjoy an elegant ambience with white tablecloths, glittering chandeliers and panoramic views of the city.
Reservations: (853) 8803 7878
The only other three Michelin-starred restaurant in Macau, The 8 is on the second floor of Grand Lisboa and serves excellent Cantonese and Huaiyang cuisine. As the number eight is auspicious in Chinese culture, the number is found within the lavish Alan Chan designed space, from booth placements to the spherical chandelier reflecting from the centrepiece pond. Dishes are made from the freshest ingredients and are plated beautifully. There are more than 50 dim sum dishes to choose from, and we recommend the crystal blue shrimp dumplings shaped like goldfish – another auspicious element featured a lot in the restaurant design. The porcupine-shaped char siu bau with a crunchy base is also not to be missed. Specialities include roasted pork belly with guava sauce, crab claw with ginger and Chinese wine and stir-fried lobster with egg.
Reservations: (853) 8803 7788
Zi Yat Heen
Two Michelin-starred Zi Yat Heen on the ground floor of Four Seasons Hotel offers traditional Cantonese cuisine in an elegant interior, with lantern-shaped chandeliers and a floor-to-ceiling wine cellar dressing up the neutral colours throughout the restaurant. At lunchtime, creative dim sum offerings include steamed dumplings with conpoy and fish maw in soup, baked whole abalone puff with diced chicken, steamed scallop with Chinese spinach. An extensive mains menu available at dinner time includes not-to-be missed Peking duck, steamed half lobster with minced ginger and rice wine and extensive vegetarian options.
Reservations: (853) 2881 8888
Situated on the ground floor of Wynn Macau, Golden Flower is where diners can experience authentic Tan cuisine. With two Michelin-stars, the impressive décor reflects old courtyard homes of Beijing and that of Tan Zongjun the founder of Tan cuisine. Tan cuisine consists of China’s best southern and northern dishes, with a base of supreme chicken stock. Eight course tasting menus are available and include fresh clam and jasmine in chicken soup, stewed fish maw with crab claw in supreme chicken broth, steamed green garoupa with soy sauce and for dessert, double-boiled bird’s nest in almond sweet cream soup.
Reservations: (853) 8986 3689
On level two of City of Dreams, Jade Dragon has a private lift from the Crown Towers hotel to the restaurant’s private rooms. The understated décor with its curved walls, Chinese medicinal elements and open kitchens, has floor-to-ceiling windows looking onto outdoor greenery. Exceptional dishes include the barbecued Iberico pork, goose grilled over lychee wood, Chinese almond crème brûlée with bird’s nest and honey and the soups with traditional Chinese herbs.
Reservations: (853) 8868 2822
Wing Lei Chinese Restaurant
Bold décor prevails throughout Wynn Macau’s Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant Wing Lei, starting with the giant Swarovski crystal dragon scales on the vibrant red walls opposite the entrance while the lush carpet in the dining room is punctuated with yellows and purples. Large windows look onto city views. The restaurant is famous for its dim sum such as signatures of baked abalone puffs with roasted chicken or the barbecued pork buns with a sweetened crust. The fresh streamed prawn dumplings with pickled vegetables and the long and thin deep-fried shrimp rolls are also favourites. The 14-page dinner menu can be daunting. If in doubt, try executive chef Peter Chan’s signature set menu.
Reservations: (853) 8986 3663
The Tasting Room by Galliot
Chef Guillaume Galliot presents stunning contemporary European dishes at The Tasting Room, City of Dreams. Dishes use seasonal ingredients with inspiring flavours and are presented beautifully.
Most memorable is the signature onion soup with a scoop of onion ice cream. The summer meat menu included pigeon, roasted veal chop and Kobe beef. Dessert is a magical treat especially the chocolate banana mille-feuille with cocoa sorbet.
The sommelier is on hand to make excellent recommendations from an extensive wine list.
Reservations: (853) 8868 6681