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Friday 11 November 2016

Macao's gourmet stature continues to grow

Macao, where I visited a while back, has seen its reputation for quality cuisine jump a few more notches with news that 19 Macao restaurants earned star ratings in the recently released 2017 edition of the Michelin Guide Hong Kong Macau.

While the Grand Lisboa Hotel’s two premier restaurants – Robuchon au Dome and The Eight (image below) – maintained their three-star status, Chinese eatery Feng Wei Ju and Japanese restaurant Mizumi jumped from one to two stars.

Feng Wei Ju specialises in Chuan-Xiang cuisine, a spice-heavy cuisine from the regions of Sichuan and Hunan and one of the eight major cuisines of China.

Mizumi is guided by three Japanese chefs and flies in fresh produce from Japan daily.

Its elevation means that Macao now boasts five restaurants with two stars, the pair joining the established trio Golden Flower, Jade Dragon and The Tasting Room.

Food for thought is that the one-star rating list grew to 12 with three Cantonese restaurants - Lai Heen, Ying and Pearl Dragon – earning a star for the first time.

They joined restaurants King, 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo, Shinji, Terrazza, The Golden Peacock, The Kitchen, Tim’s Kitchen, Zi Yat Heen, and Cantonese fine dining eatery Wing Lei, located inside the Wynn Macau complex.

In addition, Macao boasts 12 Bib Gourmand Michelin-rated restaurants, recognised for high-quality affordable street food offerings.

Among those listed was Lord Stow’s Bakery, renowned for its creation of Portuguese-style egg tarts (above). Fong Kei Pastelaria, which has sold pastries for more than 120 years, and Mok Yee Kei, where durian ice cream is said to have originated, also made the grade.

“With the opening of new international hotels such as The Wynn Palace, Studio City and The Parisian we can see a few more restaurants aiming for star ratings,” said Helen Wong, general manager of the Macao Government Tourism Office (Australia and New Zealand).

“Early next year, we will also see the highly-anticipated Louis XIII open, along with the MGM Cotai, thus offering more restaurant options worth considering.”

For more details contact Macao Government Tourism Office on (02) 9264 1488 or see

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