Macau pulls its own weight in the dining department—after all, it has 29 Michelin stars under its belt. Here are our top picks of Chinese restaurants in the city where gambling and dining reign supreme.
Presenting authentic dishes from Huajiang, Sichuan, Hangzhou, and Suzhou, newly opened Andrea’s at Wynn Palace is all decked in leather, intricate mosaics, and gold floor-to-ceiling latticework. Andrea happens to be the name of the wife of Steve Wynn, the founder of the hotel chain. We’re quite sure that she’ll be proud of her namesake—it has an extensive menu which will impress even the most sophisticated, cynical diner. Standouts include cooked grain-fed beef ribs, a dish that takes almost two days to cook; wok-fried, sweet and sour hapuka; Australian southern rock lobster; and live Japanese Taraba crab. Choose the dish you want to nibble on, then pair it with one of the cocktails from their extensive drink list.
With its impressive interiors and creative menu, the three-starred Michelin restaurant on the second floor of Grand Hotel Lisboa has become one of the more buzz-worthy dining spots in Macau. Walk at one of their corridors to feel like you’re floating on water. Then enter an opulent, lounge-like dining room and slide into one of the circular booths to enjoy some privacy. Bright gold spherical lamps, Chinese screens painted with gigantic images of gold fish, and brilliant hanging chandeliers round up the elaborate setting. Must-haves here include steamed superior river shrimp dumplings in fish sauce and Japanese bean curd with dried seafood. Drop by for lunch on Avenida de Lisboa and indulge in their more than 50 kinds of dimsum.
Perched on the 51st floor of the Ritz-Carlton Macau, Lai Heen is the city’s highest Chinese restaurant. Led by chef Bill Fu, this Michelin-starred place is staffed by a team that offers excellent, intuitive service. Its interiors are a feast for the eyes too: circular chandeliers light up the dining areas while Arabic inspired windows offer panoramic views of Macau. Visit and indulge in their signature Cantonese dishes: char-grilled barbecued Iberico pork and steam crab claw with egg white in Hua Diao Wine.
If there’s one word to describe this restaurant, situated on the fifth floor of the Star World Hotel, it’s “opulent.” Walls and ceilings come bathed in gold, surrounding customers who are perched on deep red leather dining seats. The two-Michelin-starred restaurant on Avenida Da Amizade specializes in Sichuan, one of the eight major cuisines of China. Don’t fret if you’re not a fan of spicy food—the staff will ask about your preferred level of hotness when you order. Be sure to dig in their old Beijing pan-fried pork dumplings and braised beef loin with lotus paste.
With more than 20 years of experience in Cantonese cooking, chef Lam Yuk Ming and his team offer a truly authentic dining experience at one-Michelin-starred Pearl Dragon at Studio City. The restaurant comes stylishly decked in palettes of beiges and greens illuminated by intricately made chandeliers. Locals and tourists have become fans of their signature dishes such oven-smoked goose liver, wok-seared wagyu cubes with black garlic, and roasted Iberico pork char siu. Whichever you choose, we assure you that they will taste best with any of the teas offered, as curated by master Shirley Su.