While Macau's dining scene is as international as it is sophisticated, it is the city's traditional restaurants that really pull in the crowds. This summer Macau's new openings have taken their cue from old-fashioned Portuguese cuisines, mixing it with modern techniques and displaying meals in a innovative, artistic way. Here's LUXOS' pick of the best new places in Macau this season...
Your dining experience behind Vida Rica's floor-to-ceiling glass façade is made all the more special with reservations for the Chef's Table. Have the private room to yourself and just a dozen of your best friends or families, and tuck into Chef Dominique Bugnan's signature dishes – from spider crab wrapped in lobster jelly, Wagyu strip loin steak with shallot sauce to lychee-raspberry sherbet – while taking in panoramic views of the South China Sea. Simply sumptuous. www.mandarinoriental.com
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With the arrival of Chef Ricardo Oliveira from Portugal to mezza9 as Chef du Cuisine come some innovative and inventive dishes in the Portuguese tradition. Fresh, seasonal, above all, authentic, Chef Oliveira's specialities include charcoal grilled sea bass with traditional Portuguese butter sauce, pork neck, clams and bell pepper sauce, as well as codfish with pea cream, tomatoes and confit garlic. www.macau.grand.hyatt.com/mezza9Macau
Seashell-inspired couches, cascading crystal chandeliers, semi-private booths, double-height ceilings and sweeping views from the windows make Belon much, much more than just a seafood restaurant. While the oyster bar and seafood specialities are a must, now you can enjoy the relaxing yet sophisticated Moët & Chandon champagne brunch where the chefs prepare your order in a visual and gastronomic feast. www.banyantree.com/belon
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Pumpkin lava cake with white cheese mousse and toasted almonds, Fado
Colourful interiors, classic Portuguese dishes – Fado is one of the few Portuguese restaurants in Macau that has successfully blended the traditional and the modern for an authentic dining experience. After visiting the Guia Chapel nearby, continue your Portuguese cultural experience at Fado, with local wines and gourmet specialties updated with an innovative twist. www.hotelroyal.com.mo