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Michelin Guide Macau: Robuchon Au Dome (***)

Joel Robuchon may own the culinary world and all the Michelin stars above it, but that doesn’t mean the food at Robuchon Au Dome is any good.  A shell of its former self, this restaurant has been in free fall for years now; what Michelin continues to see in it is beyond me. 

Macau Michelin Restaurants: Robuchon Au Dome

You used to be able to get the same kind of complicated French cuisine at Prive for a third of the cost, and even meet the chef while you were at it.  By contrast, good luck bumping into Joel Robuchon at Robuchon Au Dome, I doubt he even knows which floor it’s on.

Macau Michelin Restaurants: Robuchon Au Dome cheese cart
Cheese Cart

Giving credit where credit is due, it is quite the beautiful restaurant though.

Location: Grand Lisboa, 43F     Phone Number: (853) 8803 7878     Price: $750/pax

Jade Dragon (***)

I came very close to giving Jade Dragon one star, but a couple of ordinary soups and appetizers have them on the outside looking in.  When the bill runs $1746 for one, I don’t expect anything to go wrong and when it does, the hammer falls hard. 

Macau Michelin Restaurants: Jade Dragon

On the flip side, it is one of Macau’s most gorgeous restaurants, the service is exemplary and a few of their signature dishes are extraordinary. 

Macau Michelin Restaurants: shrimp at Jade Dragon
Shrimp

Jade Dragon is definitely on the cusp of Michelin distinction, but three stars is seriously overdoing it.  On their very best day, they might be deserving of one.

Location: City of Dreams, 2F     Phone Number: (853) 8868 2822     Price: $600/pax  

Michelin Guide Macau: Alain Ducasse (**)

Yet another puffed up prima donna restaurant in Macau that’s all name and no game, Alain Ducasse belongs on the same scrapheap as Robuchon, where fraud flourishes and arrogance promulgates. Highlights of my $3000 meal were the brioche starter bread and amuse bouche; it was all downhill from there.

Macau Michelin Restaurants: Cold Green Pea and Spring Onion Soup at Alain Ducasse
Cold Green Pea and Spring Onion Soup

Alain Ducasse pulled two Michelin stars six months after opening because they were destined to, not because the food is any good.

Macau Michelin Restaurants: Alain Ducasse

Location: City of Dreams, Morpheus Tower, 3F    Phone number: (853) 8868 3432     Price: $750/pax

Feng Wei Ju (**)

Feng Wei Ju serves a mix of Sichuan and Hunan cuisine on the 5th floor of Starworld Hotel.  With most things on the menu under $300, it’s certainly affordable, but the food quality falls well short of Michelin standard, as does the service and setting. 

Macau Michelin Restaurants: Braised Mandarin Fish with Chili at Feng Wei Ju
Braised Mandarin Fish with Chili

Basically, if Feng Wei Ju is a Michelin level restaurant, then Macau has 200 of them. 

Macau Michelin Restaurants: Feng Wei Ju

Location: Starworld Hotel, 5F     Phone Number: (853) 8290 8668     Price: $300/pax

Michelin Guide Macau: Wing Lei (**) 

I can’t endorse any restaurant that attracts the type of clientele that I leave China to get away from.  Meet Wing Lei, where mainlanders go to party, where noise and discord make a scene. 

Macau Michelin Restaurants: Wynn Lei

Perhaps if the food were better I could see past the shortcomings, but the chefs aren’t producing much of merit either.  I doubt you’ll find what you’re looking for at Wing Lei. 

Macau Michelin Restaurants: sharks fin soup at Wynn Lei
Sharks Fin Soup

Location: Wynn Macau, GF     Phone Number: (853) 8986 3688     Price: $450/pax

8.5 Otto e Mezzo Bombana (*)

Otto Bombana’s flagship restaurant in Hong Kong might be the best Italian joint in Asia, but none of that magic made it across the water to Macau.  A strange occupant of Galaxy’s shopping quarter, 8.5 Otto e Mezzo Bombana has zero makings of an elite signature restaurant. 

Macau Michelin Restaurants: 8.5 Otto e Mezzo Bombana

Staff is overmatched, the venue is small and the food quality is nowhere near on par with the price.  It kind of feels like the Bombana Lite Mini Express Outlet in comparison, one you probably need to avoid.

Macau Michelin Restaurants: Triple A Lamb Rack at 8.5 Otto e Mezzo Bombana
Triple A Lamb Rack

Location: Promenade Shops 1031, Galaxy Macau    Phone Number: (853) 8886 2169     Price: $700/pax

Michelin Guide Macau: Pearl Dragon (*)

Studio City’s Pearl Dragon got off to a flying start after opening in 2015, accumulating one Michelin star as well as being a multiple entrant in Tatler’s Best 20 Hong Kong and Macau Restaurants.  I was initially surprised by the shotgun accolades, before I learned that their kitchen is overseen by Tam Kwok Fung, the same man who runs Jade Dragon, and reputation means everything in this industry.  

Macau Michelin Restaurants: Chicken Julienne with Mushrooms and Lettuce atPearl Dragon Macau
Chicken Julienne with Mushrooms and Lettuce

Mr Fung has since moved on to Wynn Palace, and while I’ve yet to try this new iteration of Pearl Dragon, buzz around town suggests that I should leave it alone.  The service and environment were never anything special, while the food has reportedly taken a few steps down.

Macau Michelin Restaurants: Pearl Dragon Macau

Location: Star Tower, Studio City, 2F     Phone Number: (853) 8865 6560     Price: $350/pax

Tim’s Kitchen (*)

Always beware of outlet restaurants that get Michelin stars just because their main branch in another city is amazing.  A chef can only be in one kitchen at once and I think that’s the main issue with Tim’s Kitchen in Macau.  Extremely simple and to the point, but also kind of sterile in a way, it’s too low key for my liking and the food isn’t great either. 

Macau Michelin Restaurants: Tims Kitchen

Two thumbs up for the restaurant being pleasant and affordable, but that’s not enough to stand out in this crowd.

Macau Michelin Restaurants: roasted pigeon at Tims Kitchen
Roasted Pigeon

Location: Lisboa Hotel, Lobby Level, East Wing     Phone Number: (853) 8803 3682     Price: $300/pax

Michelin Guide Macau: Ying (*)

I was on to this restaurant years ago, thanks to some positive reviews I read on some Chinese dining sites.  My meal there was so disappointing though that I’d have to call Ying the biggest fraud on this list. 

Macau Michelin Restaurants: Ying

Paltry servings paired with big prices in a dead environment is a combination that will fail every time.  Here’s hoping their second year with a star will be their last.

Macau Michelin Restaurants: chicken soup at Ying
Chicken Soup

Location: Altira Hotel, 11 F     Phone Number: (853) 2886 8868      Price: $700/pax

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