The Ritz-Carlton and the JW Marriott celebrate their 100th day of opening, after welcoming guests to the first Macau venue for the hotels on May 27th. Extraordinary service and opulent settings have long distinguished these venues from their competitors, and as the flagship hotels for the region, we were intrigued to see which eating venues would make the cut.
On a recent press trip to the hotels, we checked out the following venues:
What is chic has always emerged first from France, and it's clear the Ritz have caught hold of this and run with it with the formation of the Ritz-Carlton Cafe. A restaurant and cafe hybrid, offering classic French dishes, fresh seafood platters and an afternoon tea. Though when we visited the hot chocolate had a distinctly singed undertone, the pastries were obviously crafted with skill and the setting was as Parisian as one could wish. An ideal place to be idle in while fellow guests explore The Galaxy Promenade like it's the Rue de Passy.
Created by JW Marriott Hotel Macau's Chinese Executive Chef reflect the best of traditional specialties and regional favorites, one of our favourite parts of this meal was the tea. The teas are premium quality, and tea sommeliers are available to guide through selections, of which the aged Pu Erh range we thought was the best. Not always is the mystification of finer Chinese dining removed for pure enjoyment of a meal, but with the quality of ingredients and years of experience bolstering the chefs, meals eaten here are most pleasant. The homemade XO is a must.
Urban Kitchen’s main dishes are made-to-order, and feature cuisines from all over the world. We are huge fans of their fresh juice, noodle and wagyu rib stations. Noodles being pulled, dumplings being folded and pancakes being flipped are all sights beheld in the open kitchen, which are then swiftly delivered to the table in individually-served portions.
Lai Heen sits like a jewel atop the crown of the Ritz, literally perched on the 51st floor and boasting the title of the highest Chinese restaurant in Macau. Ancient China meets Portuguese colonialism with waterfalls, ceramic vase chandeliers, suspended glass pendants and walls which are embellished with beautiful designs crafted from thousands of pieces of Azulejo ceramic tilework.
The cuisine is among the best interpretations Chinese fine dining we've tasted, driven by the expertise of Chef Bill, who is known for his efforts in achieving two Michelin stars for Tin Lung Heen at his previous role in The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong. His signature dishes include char-grilled barbecued Ibérico pork, baked abalone puffs with roasted goose, and double-boiled chicken soup with fish maw and sea coconut in bamboo. We were raving though, about the baked crispy fried rice with seafood in whole pumpkin. Yes, a whole, delicious orange pumpkin.