Macao a Michelin-rated dining destination

MACAO has increased its standing as one of the world’s top dining destinations, with 19 restaurants earning Michelin Stars in the hot-off-the-press 2017 edition of the Michelin Guide to Hong Kong and Macau.

The Grand Lisboa’s two premier restaurants Robuschon au Dome and The Eight retained their three-star status while Feng Wei Ju and Mizumi rose from one to two-star standings. Feng Wei Ju specialises in Chuan-Xiang fare, a spice-laden cuisine from Sichuan and Hunan, while Mizumi is headed up by three revered Japanese chefs who have their produce flown in fresh each day from Japan.

The region’s one-star rating list grew to 12 with Cantonese restaurants Lai Heen, Ying and Pearl Dragon each 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.

Macao’s quality and affordable street food was also recognised in the guide with 12 eateries scoring Bib Gourmand Michelin ratings. Those awarded include Lord Stow’s Bakery, which is renowned for its Portuguese-tarts, Fong Kei Pastelaria and Mok Yee Kei where durian ice cream is said to have originated.

General manager of the Macao Government Tourism Office Australia and New Zealand, Helen Wong, told travelBulletin that with the imminent opening of new international hotels such as The Wynn Palace and Studio City there would soon be even more Macao restaurants aiming for stars.