With a history of east-meets-west characteristics, little wonder visitors love to dine in Macau. Macanese cuisine is said to be the world’s earliest form of fusion food, a melting pot of recipes. Macau is also renowned for its Michelin star restaurants and Chinese and Portuguese cuisine.
A sim sum restaurant with a three-star Michelin rating, EIGHT, inside the Grand Lisboa hotel, is more than a dining experience. It’s an adventure, from the time the first dish is served. Upmarket yet casual, dishes include prawn dumplings presented in a fish form.
2. Robuchon au Dome
Inside the dome of the Grand Lisboa hotel is a restaurant a three-star Michelin rating and the fine French cuisine to match. The renowned upmarket restaurant will tempt diners with its lunch-time specials and perhaps the world’s largest wine selection. Not forgetting the view.
3. Beijing Kitchen
If you love Peking duck, it’s worth booking a table at the Beijing Kitchen, at the Grand Hyatt within the City Dreams. The restaurant with its open kitchen serves authentic northern Chinese cuisine, including dim sum. The duck is prepared in a wood-fired oven.
4. Long Wa
Said to be among the last of the traditional tea house restaurants in Macau, Long Wa has been serving dim sum delicacies continuously for the past four decades. It is well worth a visit to sample the food and tea, admire the art and rub shoulders with the local regulars.
For a taste of Macau’s African chicken or the famous local dessert Serradura, head to the Litoral restaurant for a truly memorable Macanese feast, the world’s first fusion cuisine. The whitewashed restaurant is both casual and inciting, located near the A-Ma Temple.
For a truly memorable Portuguese meal in romantic surrounds, Macau's historic Taipa village is home to this Michelin quality restaurant, owner and true showman Antonio is often on duty preparing the signature Crepe Suzette along with a host of Portuguese delicacies.
7. Casa de Tapas
Across the lane from Antonio Restaurant is another gem of the Spanish variety – Casa de Tapas. And the food is as tasty as it sounds. A popular spot to book a table is on the top-floor outdoor balcony overlooking the narrow cobblestone streets of Taipa village.
8. O Manel
Prepare to meet owner Manuel as he welcomes guests to his tiny Portuguese restaurant. The atmosphere is casual and friendly, the walls of the eatery decorated in Portuguese football memorabilia. It’s a popular haunt of Australians working and living in Macau.
9. Tai Lei Loi Kei
Head to Taipa village and the Tai Lei Loi Kei eatery to sample the famous Macau pork chop bun, one of the most famous snacks in the Asian centre. The Macanese specialty is made to order and has been described as "the Macanese version of a hamburger."
Fancy dining on Portuguese cuisine by the beach, indoors or outdoors? Well, the Miramar restaurant, tucked away on outlying Coloane Island, may well fit the bill. The cuisine and general party atmosphere make for a wonderful experience – day or night.