The Western Dining Experience Goes Above And Beyond At Wynn Macau And Wynn Palace


August 30, 2018 | BY Hong Kong Tatler

Ristorante Il Teatro and SW Steakhouse offer premium Italian cuisine and quality steak, but also two unique dining experiences

With restaurants such as Golden Flower, Wing Lei and Mizumi at Wynn Macau, Wynn resorts have long been celebrated for their fine execution of Asian cuisines. But the brand is also host to the city’s finest Western dining establishments, among them Wynn Macau’s Ristorante Il Teatro and Wynn Palace’s SW Steakhouse, both exemplary when it comes to the execution of premium ingredients that ensure a remarkable dining experience. 

Opened since the launch of Wynn Macau in 2006, Ristorante Il Teatro has earned its fine reputation and Forbes Five-Star rating thanks to its exceptional southern Italian cuisine. Overlooking the hotel’s performance lake, Ristorante Il Teatro offers—as its name suggests—a spectacular front-row view of the theatrical fountain show below. Taking the helm of the Ristorante Il Teatro kitchen is Nicholas Olivas, newly appointed chef de cuisine. The native of Denver, Colorado started his career at Le Cordon Bleu Academy, after which he gained a decade’s worth of experience in Italian cuisine. As well as cutting his teeth at renowned restaurants in Italy, Olivas worked under renowned chef Paul Bartolotta of Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare at Wynn Las Vegas from 2005 to 2011.

Olivas’ take on grilled Sicilian octopus is a reinvention of a classic, where the octopus is boiled, deep-fried, and grilled to create contrasting textures throughout. The tenderness of the octopus is complemented by a crunchy exterior, thanks to the multitude of cooking techniques. This dish is served alongside sun-dried tomatoes, crispy polenta, herbaceous arugula and salsa verde.

The quality and execution of pasta dishes are often the benchmark that sets a good Italian restaurant apart from the rest. Ristorante Il Teatro prides itself on its ricotta gnocchi with pesto and Boston lobster spaghetti in a rich shellfish, tomato and white wine sauce, but it is their four-cheese ravioli that proves a perennial crowd-pleaser. Perfected by chef Olivas himself over the course of 10 years, the chef portions a blend of four cheeses—namely ricotta, mascarpone, Parmigiano Reggiano, and Pecorino Romano—into a creamy cheese filling for the house-made fresh ravioli. Shaped like little golden crowns, poached and served alongside a basil-laced tomato sauce, the ravioli represents the epitome of Italian cuisine, where prime ingredients shine.

A wide range of desserts is also on offer at the esteemed Italian restaurant, from baked Amadei chocolate molten crumble to the restaurant’s revamped interpretation of tiramisu, the quintessential Italian dessert. Olivas’ version is a harmonious layering of coffee sponge cake, cognac VSOP, mascarpone cream and coffee jelly, topped with caramelised almonds and chocolate shavings and cocoa powder. 

Meanwhile, the Macau outpost of Las Vegas’ own SW Steakhouse, offers guests a premium meat experience within the palatial interiors of Wynn Palace Cotai. The dinner-only establishment introduces fine ingredients served in an elegant, opulent dining room featuring high ceiling, light earthy tones and warm lighting. 

The menu features an abundant selection of steakhouse classics, from the establishment’s signature SW seafood spectacular to jumbo shrimp cocktail and SW chopped salad. The Maryland style crab cake is a firm favourite, featuring lump crabmeat served with mildly spiced Old Bay aioli and creamy celeriac slaw.

But it’s the vast collection of steaks sourced from around the world that you should truly make the journey for; highlights include premium A5 wagyu from Japan’s Mie Prefecture, as well as USDA steaks from the United States and Black Angus dry aged beef from Australia. All steaks are quickly grilled at 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit to form a crust on the exterior, before being served alongside a melange of sauce such as a buttery Béarnaise, herb-rich chimichurri and the establishment’s very own steak sauce. Apart from beef, the restaurant also offers a selection of alternatives, from whole roasted lobsters to fire-roasted Pitman Farms chicken and Australian Saltbush lamb chops. Although proteins are the star, there is an exciting array of side dishes to choose from, such as white cheddar mac and cheese, hand-cut Kennebec French fries, and crisp Jerusalem artichokes with saffron and chorizo.

Desserts play a crucial role in the dining experience at SW Steakhouse, and guests can expect American classic desserts with the likes of key lime pie, New York-style cheesecake and funnel cake served with salted caramel, chocolate sauce and a generous helping of Chantilly cream.

As at Ristorante Il Teatro, SW Steakhouse offers more than a mere food-and-drink dining experience, as guests can enjoy a theatrical show of film vignette reenactment with music every 30 minutes, offering dazzling entertainment that enhances the evening.

By going beyond fine food and wine to offer a unique environment, Ristorante Il Teatro and SW Steakhouse redefine the restaurant experience for those who love to dine out.

Ristorante Il Teatro, 1/F Wynn Macau, Rua Cidade de Sintra, Nape, Macau, +853 8986 3663

SW Steakhouse, G/F North Esplanade, Wynn Palace, Avenida da Nave Desportiva, Cotai, Macau; +853 8889 3663

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