Macau Eats: Zi Yat Heen 紫逸軒, Four Seasons Hotel Macau

The Four Seasons Macau– located on the Cotai Strip, a mere 10 minutes away from the Macau International Airport, is home to Two Michelin-Star Cantonese restaurant- Zi Yat Heen 紫逸軒.

Nestled at the corner of the lobby level, the marbled entrance of the restaurant, designed purposefully with an oriental flair greets diners with statue and elegance. A floor-to-ceiling wine cabinet takes centre stage in the restaurant lending its regal presence to the matching motif of the upholstered chairs that were complimented by the heavy drapes, completing the restaurant’s warm and welcoming disposition.

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Priding themselves for serving authentic Cantonese fare, the fine-dining restaurant boasts of an extensive list of a la carte items, quirky Dim Sum creations and seasonal specialities. When in doubt, go for either the Two-Star Michelin Menu or the Chef Tasting Menu for a degustation experience of the best Zi Yat Heen has to offer.

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Wine connoisseurs will also be pleased to know that Zi Yat Heen has recently been awarded the ‘Best of Award of Excellence’ honour by the world-renowned Wine Spectator Magazine- an affirmation of their elaborate wine collection of 8,000 bottles with close to 1,200 labels of quality premium wines from four different countries so do ask the friendly servers for some wine pairing recommendations if you wish to elevate your dining experience.

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With some suggestions from the kind ladies of Four Seasons, we ordered a mix of a la carte and dim sum during our afternoon there. Do note that the restaurant does get quite packed during peak hours so reservations are strongly advised.

We started with a Barbecued Platter of Suckling Pig MOP240, Pork with Honey MOP130 and Pork Belly. The suckling pig had a beautiful crisp skin with just the right amount of fat beneath for a satisfying bite, while the pork, glistening in appearance due to the copious drenching of honey was surprisingly not too sweet and still had the charred sticky texture with fragrant perfection. The skin of the Siu Yuk or Pork Belly however, could have been a tad more crackling and the meat juicier for the trio to be more memorable.

The highlight of my meal came in the form of the Zi Yat Heen Crispy Chicken MOP180/Half. Moist and tender with the fried skin so crunchy and sinfully good, the meat of this chicken was so delectable and pleasing on its own that no extra dip of pepper salt was required. A true winner.

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From the selection of Dim Sum, we tried the Crispy Scallop with Fresh Pear MOP200 which revealed a slice of Australian pear with shrimp paste and scallops layered neatly atop each other with the first bite. The batter concealing it all was paper-thin crisp while the sweetness and crunchiness of the pear added dimension to the savoury shrimp paste and the light chewy nature of the scallops. Contemporary done well.

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The Spring Roll MOP48 were hard to fault with their shatteringly crisp fried wrappers that snugly packed a concoction of juicy shredded vegetables. With no oil stains and greasy after taste, you would almost be deceived into thinking you were eating something healthy!

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For true exquisiteness, do not miss out on the Steamed Scallop Dumplings with Pea Sprouts and Conpoy MOP48 which reminds you why Zi Yat Heen was awarded their two Michelin stars. The green coloured- almost translucent dough pouch was rolled to the right thickness while the combination of delicately sweet scallops, fresh pea sprouts and salty conpoy had a refined delightful balance with clean flavours. I would order this again in a heartbeat.

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Wash it all down with a bowl of Chilled Sago Cream with Mango and Pomelo MOP50 and you will end off on the right note. The elements of pomelo pulp, chunky mango pieces, sago balls and even the silky consistency of the cream was spot on.

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Overall, Zi Yat Heen delivers on what it promises: Authentic Cantonese cuisine served in an elegant setting. Service too was attentive, efficient and personal. Highly recommended for special occasions and intimate celebrations.

All photos in this post were taken with a Canon 50D, 18-55mm lens.

For more food in Macau, check out my list of 10 Places To Eat in Macau.

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Four Seasons Hotel Macao
Lobby Level
Estr. da Baia de Ns. da Esperanca, Pac On
Tel: 00853-2881 8888

Opening hrs:
Monday to Saturday
12:00-14:30, 18:00-22:30
Sunday
11:30-15:00, 18:00-22:30

Macau

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