What To Eat In Macau This Week (December 18-22)
December 18, 2017 | BY Steven Crane
Welcome to Food File—a weekly bite-sized round-up of dining news in Macau, from Michelin-starred restaurants to casual dining. This week we sample the newly-opened Palms Café and Bar, a romantic French menu, and the best of the city’s Christmas and New Year’s feasts
Palms Café and Bar
Situated in the lobby of Sheraton Grand Macao Hotel, the newly-opened Palms Café and Bar is set to be the go-to place for diners no matter what time of day. For early risers, the breakfast menu features freshly baked bread, cronuts, croissants, all-day breaky, as well as the innovative big mac-n-cheese croissant. Healthy options include sourdough fruit and nut toast with ricotta and honey, or Palms’ signature matcha smoothie fruit bowl. Midday, the café’s Go Asian menu serves up hearty rice and noodle dishes from around the region, ranging from the ever-popular Hainanese chicken rice to curry laksa and Korean army stew. Between 2-5.30pm, Palm’s offers Afternoon Tea with bite-sized savouries such as crispy melting mozzarella sticks and mini tea rolls, along with sweet treats like dark chocolate truffle cake, stollen spiced biscuit and white chocolate Grand Marnier cheesecake. Throughout the day, guests can enjoy takeaway deli-style items from the grab-n-go counter, while from 6pm onwards the venue evolves into a night-time destination serving craft beers, wines, signature cocktails and spirits, paired with a seafood bar serving fresh air-flown oysters, poached lobsters, snow crab legs, crabs and prawns, served with a variety of dipping sauces.
Palms Café and Bar, Sheraton Grand Macao Hotel, Cotai Central, Estrada do Istmo, Cotai
Privé / Mistral / Rendezvous Lobby Lounge
Like many French holiday traditions, the focus of Christmas and New Year's celebrations in France is on the table. To indulge in a romantic night with your loved ones, Privé French Restaurant at Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16 offers its guests an exquisite 6-course dinner with a spectacular view of Macau’s historic Inner Harbour. Diners can enjoy dishes such as crab ravioli, smoked duck breast and pan-fried beef tenderloin. Sofitel has also prepared special delicacies for the festive season with the Christmas and New Year festive buffet series at Mistral Restaurant, presenting an extensive array of gourmet and traditional French dishes including French cold cuts, fresh seafood with fine de Claire oyster and Boston lobster, stuffed whole turkey, Christmas yule log cake and assorted terrine. Meanwhile, Rendezvous Lobby Lounge has prepared a Melody-themed Tea Set, crafted with instrument-shaped pastries. Presumably, the melodies include Petit Papa Noël.
Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16, 16 R. do Visc. Paco de Arcos, sofitelmacau.com/
Mistral Restaurant, +853 8861 7210
Privé French Restaurant, +853 8861 7213
Rendezvous Lobby Lounge, +853 8861 7213
Rossio / Aux Beaux Arts / Pastry Bar
Anyone for Christmas comfort food? Rossio at MGM Macau offers festive brunch, lunch and dinner buffets until December 31that feature traditional items such as roasted turkey with chestnut stuffing, rum-glazed ham, as well as chef’s special salmon in salt crust and beef beer pies. Save room for the restaurant’s generous selection of festive sweets including a chocolate fountain surrounded by colourful log cakes and classic Christmas pudding. On both Christmas Eve and Christmas day, Aux Beaux Arts serves a French-style Noel feast, while the Pastry Bar offers a Festive Afternoon Tea Set for Two. For those who prefer to dine at home for Christmas but don’t want the bother of cooking, there’s a range of luxury hampers and offerings from the takeaway menu that are sure to get you in the spirit, including herb-scented roasted turkey, Jack Daniel’s and orange-honey glazed baked ham and pumpkin pie.
MGM Macau, Avenida Dr. Sun Yat Sen, Nape, mgm.mo/en
Aux Beaux Arts, +853 8802 2319
MGM Pastry Bar, +853 8802 2324
Rossio, +853 8802 2372
SW Steakhouse / Fontana Buffet / Sweets
The luxurious American grill restaurant at Cotai’s Wynn Palace, SW Steakhouse, presents a heartwarming four-course Christmas dinner menu that includes pan-seared sea bass, prime roast beef and chocolate and orange yule log, served on December 24-25. In addition, the restaurant will end the year on a perfect note by featuring a five-course New Year’s Eve champagne dinner with dishes such as Perigord black truffle pasta and Japanese wagyu. Guest can enjoy both feasts while watching a unique and enchanting theatre-style performance. Meanwhile, Fontana Buffet, with ringside seats for the captivating show on the Performance Lake, offers a specially-designed festive gourmet journey featuring a variety of seasonal dishes including roasted turkey, Boston lobster and US prime beef O.P rib. For dessert, the resort’s pastry shop, Sweets, will be showcasing a series of colourful gift items including Christmas yule log cake, mini chocolate trees and Christmas stollen, available until December 31.
Wynn Palace, Wynn Palace, Avenida da Nave Desportiva, Cotai, wynnpalace.com/en
Fontana Buffet, + 853 8889 3663
SW Steakhouse, +853 8889 3663
Sweets, +853 8889 3663
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