Studio City's signature Chinese restaurant is helmed by Michelin-starred chef Tam Kwok Fung, who also has neighbouring sister-restaurant, Jade Dragon under his culinary reign.
Pearl Dragon opens with a vast wine cellar and a long corridor that leads to a large open dining area in muted greens with silver accents throughout and houses an elegant selection of nine private rooms, all outfitted with pearls as the underlying theme to the opulent decor and providing a perfect juxtaposition to the gaming tables below.
An enchanting delivery of the longjing green tea is a mesmerising start to the carefully designed meal to come.
An array of homemade sauces featuring abalone with wasabi, XO, black bean garlic and a spicy yellow pepper sauce.
The meal began with an amuse bouche of yuzu and pomelo, a very crunchy and refreshing way to energise the palate followed by a unique shrimp spring roll with nori.
The steamed fillet of grouper steamed was served on a bed of silken tofu that added a beautiful complement of textures with a hint of crush from the spring onions that made for a dish of extremely subtle flavours.
The deep fried head and belly of grouper followed, a top-to-tail use from the previous dish that we appreciated greatly.
The stir fried wagyu beef was predictably delicious and while we enjoyed the green and white asparagus, we were delighted at the unexpected fig pairing that melded with the juicy beef flavours expertly.
This was a stand out dish, so beautiful and memorable in its delicate flavours and abundant textural elements. The delicious broth of the doubled boiled chicken soup featured thin crunchy slices of purple yams and poached pumpkin with a sprinkle of goji berries.
We were further delighted by a presentation of the chef preparing his special fried rice with shrimp, scallop and bbq pork right in front of us. The fragrant aromas filled the room and we added an extra helping of the luxurious homemade XO sauce with its rich salty spiciness that completed this heavenly dish.
We neglected to get a picture of our dessert of double boiled apple soup with lotus seeds that we enjoyed every drop of despite the many courses that should have filled us up far sooner.
Verdict: We would return to this fine Cantonese restaurant without the slightest hesitation and are now even more excited to try out similar delights at Jade Dragon next.
Studio City Macau, Estr. Flor de Lotus, Macau, +853 8865 6560