Don Alfonso 1890 - Italian (Grand Lisboa)+ Back

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Location: Grand Lisboa, 3rd Floor
Telephone Number: (853) 8803 7722
Business Hours: 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
                          6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Price Range: $$$

The Grand Lisboa's Don Alfonso, the Wynn's Il Treato and Galaxy's Terrazza are three different versions of the same restaurant.  All three places serve fine authentic Italian food at far too expensive prices, as well as decorate their restaurants in the same bold over the top fashion.  In Don Alfonso's case, they try too hard for a classical European feel by incorporating too many chandeliers, paintings and other shiny bling bling type furnishings.  All of it taken together is quite the sensory overload and just unnecessary. 



On the flip side, the service there is absolutely phenomenal, and when you're treated so well in such a posh, high class setting, it invariably does make the food taste a little better. 


But oh those prices.  I suppose if you're rich and money doesn't mean anything to you, then Don Alfonso would make for an excellent choice time and time again.  The lamb I had there was absolutely perfect, but it was also $600, which meant every bite I took cost me about $100.  Both pasta dishes - the lobster linguini and spaghetti - were definite highlights, as were my friend's duck breast and red grouse.  The only thing that we found slightly disappointing was the antipasti.  I thought the meat was dry and there wasn't enough of it, at least compared to what you get at Macau Soul



Fantastic food needs to be paired with fantastic wine, and Don Alfonso's wine list is absolutely huge, with over 7400 labels.  Make sure to have a few bottles before you get the bill though so you're in a good mood, otherwise you might not like what you're going to see.  For two people including two bottles of wine which ran $1000, our bill came to $3520. 


That pretty much puts Don Alfonso out of my price range as a regular dining venue, but I'm still glad I tried it because it was a very enjoyable dinner.  The food and wine ran the gamut from good to great to unforgettable.