On the South Coast of China and towards the West of Hong Kong lies this small East Asian City called Macau. Once a Portuguese colony, Macau is an autonomous territory today but there is a deep ancient Chinese and new-age European influence reflected in its culture and cuisine. Want to know how? Visit dine in some of the best restaurants in Macau.
Precisely, 64 Kms from Hong Kong and bordered by the city of Zhuhai in Mainland China on the North and Pearl River Delta on the South & East, Macanese cuisine is one of the earliest forms of fusion cuisine with a distinctive blend of Portuguese and Cantonese flavors.
After ‘Travel’, if ‘Food’ is your second love, these 10 best restaurants in Macau are a must-try for you
The cultural mix and the love for the food itself is the reason why Macau has countless spaces to eat at, including casinos, starred restaurants, centuries-old tea houses, bakeries, street food corners, and taverns. Slices of Beef & Pork Jerky, Almond Cookies & Fresh Baked Egg Tarts are some popular local delicacies of this place.
For people in Macau, food is a celebration that extends throughout the year. Owing to Macau’s 400 plus-year-old culinary legacy and the increasing interest among the youth in gastronomy culture, especially Macanese cuisine, the city has been designated as UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy by the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova. Here are 10 best restaurants in Macau where your taste buds can relive the Macanese history.
1. The Ritz – Carlton Cafe
Ritz – Carlton Cafe is a French brasserie where you will get to experience the classic cafe culture. Just like iconic cafes in France that are dominated by the charming decor and simple yet flavourful food, Ritz – Carlton Cafe in Macau has intimate table settings for two or four and an entertaining view of the shopping area.
Average prices: INR 2, 500 – 15, 000
Must try: Combination of classic dishes: Sea Bass with Seafood Riso, and beef tartare with artisanal beers & crisp wines. Also try signature Ritz-Carlton desserts.
Ideal for: Romantic dinners, family dining, group dining, special occasions
2. The St. Regis Macao
The Manor is the signature oyster bar and grill restaurant of St. Regis Macao that serves finest oysters, prime cut meats and a wide array of exotic seafood. It also has an exquisite wine list on its menu. The Manor adopts a special technique of grilling, called the Robata technique. This technique utilizes white oak “Bincho-tan from Northern Japan to grill the meat to perfection – beautifully charred on the outside, succulent in the center with a hint of smoky aroma.
Average prices: INR 2, 500 – 15, 000
Must try: Daniel Sorlut (French Oysters), Seafood Rice Casserole with Lobster (Portuguese)
Ideal for: Local cuisine, romantic dining, groups & families
3. Lai Heen
The Michelin starred Lai Heen restaurant experiments with haute Chinese cooking in a refined atmosphere. The menu of the hotel features inventive Chef’s creations reflecting Macau’s contemporary spirit. The menu has Vegan options and is vegetarian-friendly.
Average prices: INR 2, 500 – 13, 000
Must try: Char – Grilled Barbecued Iberico Pork and Steamed Crab Claw with Egg White with Lobster Brisk
Ideal for: Private dining and intimate gatherings
4. Vida Rica – Mandarin Oriental
Vida Rica – Mandarin Oriental offers mouth-watering menus to an assorted range of cocktails and delicious cakes. The restaurant features a spectacular glass wall offering expansive views over the South China Sea and Nam Van Lake. Vida Rica has a special kind of seating arrangement that allows the visitors to experience Executive Chef’s interpretation of classic cuisines and watch how your food is prepared.
Average prices: INR 2000
Must try: Red Curry Prawn Bisque, Risotto out of the Cheese Wheel, Australian Prime Rib, Braised Beef Ribs with Rock Sugar and Lime Zest
Ideal for: romantic dining, local cuisine, bar scene, groups, view, child-friendly
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5. Le Buffet
Le Buffet at Parisian Macau is like a marketplace for European Delicacies where you can watch the Chefs adding each ingredient and preparing your food before your eyes. Discover cuisines from all over the world The ambiance is absolutely romantic with its Persian decor with grilled walls and muted color schemes. Indulge in their dessert buffet and there’s even a mini Eiffel Tower dessert tower.
Average prices: INR 1700
Must try: Fresh seafood from buffett’s seafood table. Try ham or cured meats like Prosciutto
Ideal for: Romantic dinners, children, family.
6. Terrazza in Galaxy Macau
Realise your love for Italian cuisine at the Terrazza Italian Restaurant in Galaxy Macau. Listed in the prestigious Michelin Guide and Ospitalita Italiana, Terrazza treats you with its expertise and experiments in Italian food. The restaurant’s wine cellar will make you fall in love with the Terrazza all over again. And as you enjoy your food, the breathtaking scenic views of Cotai will make you dine experience even more special.
Average prices: INR 4300
Must try: Country Style Suckling Pig, Tuscan delight with the Paccheri Pasta and Carabinero Prawns, Eggplant “Parmigiana”
Ideal for: Classy wine and Portuguese dines, children, romantic dining, groups
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7. Dragon Portuguese Cuisine in Broadway
Broadway’s Dragon Portuguese Cuisine is the best Portuguese restaurant in Macau. It serves the mouthwatering Portuguese inspired Macanese dishes. The dishes are prepared sophistically are priced moderately. The food gives you a homemade feel. This restaurant is Macau’s one of the oldest food venues in San Ma Lo and is a popular choice among the customers. The restaurant has a Galatian-inspired setting with a cozy and vibrant atmosphere.
Average prices: INR 1500
Must try: Bakes Duck Rice, Bakes Suckling Pig, and Homemade Curry Crab
Ideal for: Family dinners, casual dining
8. Cafe Deco Restaurant – The Venetian
If you are searching for the best Chinese restaurant in Macau, this is where you should head to. Though Cafe Deco presents a wide variety of International Cuisine featuring fresh seafood and local Macanese favorite, it serves a traditional Chinese food too. The sleek interiors are classy and soothing. The restaurant offers a complete buffet including appetizers, soups, and salads, fresh seafood and desserts.
Average prices: INR 1277
Must try: Just about any seafood that you can lay your hands on
Ideal for: groups, kids, family gathering
9. MIAN in Studio City
If you crave for Japanese cuisine then MIAN is where you should head to. This restaurants offers a menu of classic Japanese dishes and uses its own signature ingredients from homemade noodles to soup bases. You also get to see the hard work behind your favorite dishes in the open kitchen. The dimly-lit ambiance has a romantic touch to it.
Average prices: INR 1550
Must try: Barbecued Iberico Pork and Ramen, Prawn and Seafood Hokkaido Miso Soup Ramen, Grilled Eel Kamameshi
Ideal for: Date nights and family dinner
10. Belon Restaurant – Banyan Tree
The marine-themed, Belon Restaurant will make you feel like you are dining under the sea. Belon is a popular go-to for Sunday Brunch and has been listed as Macau’s one of the best restaurants by Hong Kong Tatler 2017. Belon was named after the premium oysters of Brittany, France.
Average prices: INR 6500
Must try: 12 oz Dry Aged Grass Fed Rib Eye, Belon’s Smoked Scallop
Ideal for: Kids, family, romantic dining
Irish playwright, George Bernard Shaw (1859 – 1950) had said, “There is no love sincerer than the love for food.” True, isn’t it? Good food makes out travel experiences more joyful. The cuisines of a place reflect so much about its culture. A food recipe is like a history notebook, each ingredient has a different story to tell. And when you are in a city like Macau, that has a multicultural history, food is something you cannot overlook. So make sure you taste every high end and every street of this ‘Las Vegas of Asia’.