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My recent trip to Macau two weeks ago was nothing short of memorable. Truth being, it was my maiden trip and I had zero expectations about the place. Apart from some research I had done prior about Asia’s Las Vegas with its rich Portuguese culture and heritage, I was planning to simply explore the place with an open mind.
Macau, as most of you know, was a former Portuguese colony and only returned back to the People’s Republic of China back in 1999. Geographically wise, its territory is divided into 3 main areas- the Macau Peninsular (where the majority of the people reside), and two other outlying islands namely Taipa and Coloane, all of which are conveniently connected by bridges, making commuting from one island to the next, a breeze.
In this round up, we have neatly divided up the must eat places in Macau into its 3 regions for easy navigation and route planning for your convenience. From street snacks, simple eateries, Hong Kong style cafes and even high end restaurants, this renowned gambling destination proved also to be a gourmand’s paradise with heaps to offer for the foodie in you.
Read on for our 10 Places To Eat in Macau.
1) Tai Lei Kok Kei (大利来记):
18, Largo Governador Tamagnini Barbosa, Taipa
One of the more prominent landmarks of Taipa Village, Tai Lei Kok Kei is hard to miss with its snaking long queues for their famous Pork Chop Bun MOP30. Choose from either the regular crisp freshly baked buns or the sweet polo (pineapple) buns to sandwich your juicy marinated savory piece of pork chop. We opted for the latter and enjoyed the beautiful marriage and balance of flavors in every bite. A classic that truly delivers.
My sister and I had the privilege of staying at the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel Macau located at the heart of the Cotai Strip, a short 10 minute drive away from the Macau International Airport, during our recent trip there. Majestic and elegant, the Four Seasons property with its 360 rooms holds its own with its European grandeur and classiness, even though it may seem considerably petite compared to the more gargantuan properties such as The Venetian and Galaxy down the road.
Our flight arrived in Macau at 10am and even though the official check in was at 2pm, the staff were flexible enough to allow us to check in first as our rooms were ready. We were also given a free upgrade from the Superior to the Deluxe room- which was more than spacious for us both. I loved the full length mirror along the walkway which was conveniently located for us girls to do our last minute vanity checks before leaving the room.
Our huge room was partitioned into 3 ways- the seating area, the sleeping area and the bathroom with its walk in wardrobe. There was 1 1/2 toilets which meant that when nature called, we did not have to wait for each other to answer that call while the two 42-inch plasma screen TVs equipped with cable provided entertainment on lazy nights when we just wanted to stay in and enjoy our hotel room.
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.
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.
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.