Day 2: La Paloma+ Back

Serving the best in Spanish cuisine, the first thing to note about La Paloma is that it has a dress code that precludes patrons (but probably just men!) from wearing shorts.  I was turned away at the door for that very reason and had to change.  Funny enough, when the staff realised I was a hotel guest, they changed their tune a little and were apologetic about the whole matter.  Perhaps people staying at the Sao Tiago get more rope.


Not too many restaurants in Macau have dress codes and it’s kind of surprising that La Paloma enforces one, since the restaurant is not what I’d call posh at all.  The decor is more low key than lavish, relying a lot on the natural light that pours in through the large glass windows.  Most shockingly, the restaurant plays pop music in the background, a notion that flies in the face of being elite and exclusive, which is what places with dress codes want to be.  Bottom line La Paloma?  Stop taking yourself so seriously when you’re blaring Bieber and the Backstreet Boys back to back.


The good news is that apart from the dress code and sorry ass music, I don’t have a single bad word to say about the restaurant.  The lunch Mu Yi and I had there rates as one of our all time best dining experiences in Macau.  Just like the famous line about pornography that goes, ”I know it when I see it”, the same can be said for fine dining, except you know it when you taste it.  And we certainly tasted a lot of it at La Paloma.  From sight to smell to flavour to the ingredients used, it was just food of a higher order, a supreme indulgence of the most splendid kind, especially when we paired it with such good wine. The Caldo Verde soup was particularly memorable, costing only $50, it was a meal unto itself, since the bowl was made of bread and could be eaten afterwards.  Mu Yi absolutely raved about her lobster rice, while my seafood soup and veal shank both hit the mark.  After our horrible experience at Guincho A Galera, we felt completely taken care of at La Paloma, and nothing let us down. 



It was quite expensive however, with prices the same as premium 5 star hotel dining venues.  For a three course meal, you’ll be looking at around $800 a person, while wine and other beverages have undergone their traditional 100% mark up.  Still though, Spanish joints are rare in Macau and this one is very much worth going to, if you can afford it.  Even though our bill ran $2240 I wouldn’t hesitate in going again.   


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