A Melburnian’s guide to eating in Macau

Ben PollardSupernormal‘s new executive chef Ben Pollard brings a taste of China to Andrew McConnell’s relentlessly-cool pan-Asian restaurant on Flinders Lane. Ben set up one of Macau’s hottest restaurants, Andrea’s at Wynn Palace, creating a menu featuring Chinese regional cuisine from Sichuan to Hangzhou and Suzhou, all with a modern twist. His Chinese adventure followed 13 years with Neil Perry’s Rockpool Group, including five years as executive chef at Spice Temple. While cooking in Macau, Ben spent his days off exploring places to eat at the “Vegas of China”. Here are his top five…

  1. North, The Venetian

    1. North, Macau
    2. Casino Level 1, Shop 1015, The Venetian Macao, +853 8118 9980
    3. We loved going to this place on our days off. It’s a northern Chinese restaurant with a big focus on Sichuan food. Our go to dishes were the Hunan fish, Xinjiang lamb and vegetable dumplings.
  2. The Noodle Kitchen, Galaxy

    1. The Noodle Kitchen, Macau
    2. G084, G/F, Galaxy Macau, COTAI, Macau, +853 8883 2221
    3. This place is all about the hand pulled noodles. Incredibly talented chefs make the noodles to order in front of you. There’s a choice of eight different sauces and soups to go with nine different types of noodles. Amazing.
  3. Robuchon au Dome, Grand Lisboa

    1. Robuchon au Dome, Grand Lisboa
    2. 43/F, Avenida de Lisboa, Macau, (853) 8803 7878
    3. Incredible setting on top of Grand Lisboa casino overlooking Macau. Champagne, bread, butter, dessert and cheese trolleys are the highlight. We used to go for lunch quite often and spoil ourselves after a long working week.
  4. Andrea’s restaurant, Wynn Palace

    1. Wynn Palace
    2. Avemoda Da Nave Desportiva, Macau (853) 8889 3663
    3. This is the restaurant I set up whilst over in Macau. I might be biased, but this is the food I love eating – Sichuan and Shanghainese. The dumplings are amazing. These are Sichuan flavours that cannot get in Australia.
  5. Fernando’s, Coloane Village

    1. Fernando's
    2. 9 Praia de Hac Sa, Macau, (853) 2888 2531
    3. Fernando’s is hands down the best Portuguese/Macanese restaurant in Macau, with a nice outdoor garden to sit back and relax in the humidity. The garlicky clams are amazing – soak up the sauce with some house-made bread. Quite a simple restaurant but tasty nonetheless.

A Melburnian’s guide to eating in Macau