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RestaurantLa Paloma

La Paloma
芭朗瑪

Restaurant, $$$$, Spanish, Macau
An elegant place to spend an evening with friends with traditional Spanish, though lightly Macanese-flavoured cuisine ideal for sharing
  • ReservationYes
  • Accept Credit CardYes
  • Dress CodeSmart casual
  • Vegetarian Dish5+
  • Bring Your Own BottleNo
  • BuffetNo
  • CorkageMOP400/bottle
  • Car ValetYes

Review

La Paloma is located in the elegant Pousada de Sao Tiago hotel; originally a fortress built by the Portuguese in the early 17th century. A classic restaurant reminiscent of the 1980’s, ; La Paloma is an old-fashioned, comfortable restaurant where fine crystal glasses and slightly worn Christofle cutlery rest on heavy wooden tables. Large glass windows allow you to gaze out over a part of Macau that is free from the casino boom while the restful terrace is a wonderful place to sit with an aperitif as the sun sets. 

La Paloma serves traditional Spanish cuisine, with a dash of Macanese flavour. A large selection of tapas and a chef’s menu complement the expected menu choices; portions are generous and could easily be shared. An exquisite pata negra Iberico ham served with tomato bread and D.O. Arbequina’s oil wmulsion is a classic dish and this version does not disappoint. Beautifully hand carved Iberico ham covers a large plate accompanied by homemade bread brushed with the freshest of crushed tomatoes. The crispy baby pork served with apple compote, roasted tomatoes and potatoes defines the style of La Paloma. Two large slices of pork covered with a fine crisp crackling entice you with their aroma; and once you take a bit, the pork is beautifully seasoned without a hint of dryness. Hand-cut potatoes reflect the personal connection of the chef to his food while the dry-roasted tomatoes add an intensity to the dish. Fried Torrijas milk bread is an indulgent dessert; two large pieces fried to a crisp golden coating then dusted in cinnamon is a dessert from a bygone age. Accompanied by a light homemade vanilla ice cream, this is definitely a dish to be, albeit reluctantly, shared.

An extensive wine list of mostly Spanish and Portuguese wines is offered; sadly there are no red wines available by the glass. Carafes and reasonably priced vintages allow the diner to taste more than one region while a knowledgeable sommelier will guide your choice of wines to complement your meal. 

Attentive staff with a good knowledge of the menu make a concerted effort to please; all dishes were introduced and there was careful attention paid to details such as refolding napkins and refreshing water glasses. All tasks were carried out with a pleasant smile.

A meal for two with a reasonable bottle of wine will cost around MOP2,000. It may not be the cheapest place to eat, but for a memorable night with friends or for a romantic weekend away; this a place of memories.

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