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.
Every night at 8pm, The Club located at level 57 of Marina Bay Sands is transformed into a beautiful decadent display of chocolate desserts and pastries, taking you on a gastronomical journey as the myriad of textures and flavours tease and rapture.
Be enthralled by 40 chocolate themed desserts and 12 different types of fine cheeses from France, Italy, Spain and the UK as Executive Pastry Chef Ryan Witcher and his team entertains and tempts with their hand-crafted creations available at this one-of-a-kind dessert pinnacle experience.
I was extremely impressed with my last visit to The Chocolate Bar about 2 years back and that indulgent evening easily found its way to the top of my list of Chocolate Buffets in Singapore, yet to be displaced since. With a gorgeous view of our city skyline with all its lights complimented by the evening breeze blowing ever so gently and spontaneously, savouring desserts have never been more alluring.
Needless to say, I was thrilled to be back for an elevated and heightened experience of the newly introduced Cheese and Chocolate Bar Buffet, where the incorporation of a cheese bar coupled with six specially paired wines is set to tip the scales and bring the already glorious Chocolate Buffet to a whole new level.
Chocolate, Cheese and Wine. Need I say more?
Located right smack in the middle of the Tower 2 lobby of Marina Bay Sands is FUSE- a classy elegant lounge with a cool laid-back vibe drawing guests in to simply kickback with a cocktail or two paired with live bands and tunes from retro to modern rock. To sweeten the deal further, FUSE has also rolled out a couple of Happy Hour Specials from Sundays to Thursdays, 4pm – 9pm.
Enjoy a slice of Chocolate Raspberry Cake (U.P. $15) with either a Grey Berry Bramble or Raspresso Martini (U.P. $22) for just $28 from 12pm – 6pm.
The cake, with its layers of Dark Chocolate Sponge interlaced with Homemade Raspberry Jam and Raspberry-Chambord Ganache charms with its intense notes of sweet and sour, finishing off with a crunchy feuilletine layer of hazelnuts at the bottom. Lovely for afternoon tea and ideal for an post-dinner treat.
The recommended pairing of the duo of signature cocktails with the Chocolate Raspberry Cake is with good reason. A fancy alternative to the usual coffee and tea offerings during afternoon tea, FUSE instead concocts a tea and coffee- inspired cocktail to tease the taste buds just a little bit.
My pick of the evening was the Grey Berry Bramble- French Earl Grey infused Gin, Blueberry Syrup, Fresh Lemon Juice, Soda. Delightfully refreshing and great for the ladies. The alcohol taste in this one was subtle and complimenting instead of being overwhelming while the Earl Grey infusion was hard to miss and plain soothing. Undeniably good.
The flagship outlet of District 10 Bar & Restaurant at UE Square has recently unveiled a new gastrobar dining concept which incorporates both gourmet and casual under one roof. Boasting of two separate menus that reflect the decor of the two spaces, the Al Fresco menu- matching its chilled ambiance is all about bar bites and cocktails while the Dining Room menu- similar to its sleek finishing comprises of more elegant options, Italian-inspired cuisine and an extensive list of boutique wine labels.
We dropped by on a weekday evening and got a sample of The Dining Room menu. While options are not exactly extensive, the prices are affordable, with Starters starting from $13++, Mains from $24++ and a Black Angus Ribeye for $28++. Old Bonta fans will find a few signature offerings familiar while others like me who had never dined at Bonta before it closed a few months back, will be in for a satisfying gourmet experience.
Green Asparagus, Fried Egg Sunny Side Up, Sage Butter $18++
I tend to associate anything with eggs (especially those with an oozy yolk) with brunch. This starter was no different. And while its presentation may appear simple, the textures of crunchy and creamy were intriguing. Granted that the sage butter probably cancels out any negative caloric benefits contributed by the asparagus, the mild flavor of the spiced butter lends a subtle and crisp finish to the palate. This might just be my new favorite brunch option.
Burratina Cheese with Peas, Sun-Dried Tomato Puree and Extra Virgin Olive Oil $18++
An old Bonta favorite, it was not hard to see why. The Mozzarella pouch with its delicate milky-mousse filling was delightfully creamy and spilled out effortlessly when the skin of the pouch was broken. Not usually a fan of sun-dried tomatos either but somehow the combination worked- with the salty and sour notes complimenting each other and tied together with a drizzle of olive oil- extra virgin and full bodied no less.