The food on offer in the city is nothing short of exotic. Macanese cuisine is a brilliant fusion of China and Portugal, while the Portuguese food is the best outside of Europe...
It’s about Old Macau cuisine at Litoral under the leadership of Manuela Ferreira, one of the first female restaurateurs in the city. Top dishes include stewed pork, African chicken and crab with soybean sauce. Rua do Almirante Sérgio, no 261-A, Macau. +853 2896 7878.
Portuguese food lovers will enjoy what’s on offer at Escada (so called because of a nearby famous staircase), particularly the sausage, seafood crab rice and cod fish. Some dishes are prepared at your table and the atmosphere is lively. Rua da Sé, nos 6 e 8 e Beco da Sé, no 2, Macau. +853 2896 6900.
On the Macau Peninsula, Platao is known for its baked stuffed eggplant, ox tongue and spicy clams, best had with the restaurant’s homemade bread. The beef tenderloin in a goose liver sauce is also a delight.
G/F, 3 Travessa Sao Domingos, Macau. +853 2833 1818.
Local chef-restaurateur Antonio Coelho showcases succulent and flavoursome food in Taipa Village. Menu highlights include crab stew, chargrilled sardines, fired codfish cakes and the Portuguese duck rice. 3 Rua dos Negociantes, Coloane, Macau. +853 2899 9998.
Got a hankering for bacalhau or a nice roasted suckling pig? Head to this no-frills eatery where owner-chef Manuel dishes up authentic Portuguese food – get there early to avoid missing out on the arroz de lapas (abalone rice). 90 Rua Fernao Mendes Pinto, Taipa, Macau. +853 2882 5811.
A Lorcha (Portuguese)
Seafood and meat, Portuguese-style, are what you get at A Lorcha in Old Macau. Order up the homemade bread, octopus salad, king prawns, cod fish in cream sauce or try their go at a Shepherd’s pie. The venue is named after a kind of boat. 89 Rua do Almirante Sergio, Macau. +853 2831 3195.
The Eight (Chinese)
A Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant, the Eight serves Cantonese and Huaiyang cuisine and lunch is the time to stop by, with 50 kinds of dim sum on the menu. The set menu is paired with wines from France and Germany. Grand Lisboa, Avenida de Lisboa, Macau. +853 8803 7788.
Sky 21 (Pan-Asian)
Hit the outside deck and take in the views of Macau with a Mojito in hand, or sit down at the restaurant inside one level down and tuck in to Pan-Asian cuisine. The best value drinks are wines by the bottle.
21F & 22F, Aia Tower, Avenida Comercial de Macau, Macau. +853 2822 2122.
Robuchon au Dome (French-Asian)
Famed restaurateur Joel Robuchon’s place high atop the Grand Lisboa, Macau’s tulip-shaped skyscraper, is a three-Michelin starred eatery. Sea urchin, scampi ravioli and veal chops highlight a world-class set menu. Grand Lisboa, Avenida de Lisboa, Macau. +853 8803 7878.
Golden Flower (Chinese)
It’s all about the flavours of China’s Shandong and Sichuan provinces at this two-Michelin star Chinese restaurant. Master Liu Guo Zhu presents a six- or eight-course menu of Tan cuisine, a culinary tradition from the Qing Dynasty. Wynn Macau, Rua Cidade de Sintra, Macau. +853 2888 9966.
Expect top drinksmiths mixing bespoke cocktails and flashy dance clubs open until dawn...
Club Cubic (Nightclub)
Dance your feet off at the largest, flashiest nightclub in Macau. There are 30,000 square feet across two levels and it comes complete with Asia’s first Perrier-Jouët Champagne bar. City of Dreams, Estrada do Istmo, Macau. +853 2828 6696.
Lion’s Bar (Cocktail bar)
The drinks are some of Macau’s more interesting: sip on a supreme Martini or a Long Lion Iced Tea and enjoy live music from house band Soul Republic. MGM Macau, Avenida Dr, Sun Yat Sen, Macau.
+853 8802 8888.
China Rouge (Nightclub)
Here at the at Galaxy Macau’s flagship club, expect Asian extravagance, from the lightboxes behind the bar to the furniture and over-the-top cocktails to the cabaret singers. Bar snacks are Shanghainese. Galaxy Macau, Avenida de Cotai, Cotai, Macau. +853 2888 0888.
Bellini Lounge (Cocktail bar)
Live bands and Bellinis go hand in hand at this luxe bar that’s got a flashy Las Vegas vibe. It’s a friendly place where drinks come at reasonable prices. Venetian Hotel, Estrada da Baia de N. Senhora da Esperanca, Macau. +853 8983 3388.
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