Tasting Room

Best French restaurant in Macao?

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For a very small slice of land, Macao has one of the world’s most impressive range of Michelin-starred restaurants. Given the high-rollers and business leaders frequently in town, it’s no surprise that when it comes to fine dining, the sky’s the limit, especially when it comes to French gastronomy. City of Dreams is one of Macao’s largest and most impressive integrated resorts with a vast array of dining options across its multiple properties, none more impressive than the two Michelin-starred The Tasting Room.

The finest and freshest produce is flown in direct from producers around the world, while incredible collections of wine, cognac and baiju (a distilled Chinese spirit) ensure that sommeliers have an embarrassment of riches to offer clients.

The Tasting Room 

The restaurant commands impressive views across the remarkable skyline of the Cotai Strip with its mind-bending array of contemporary architecture and some familiar global icons.

However, the plates from celebrated chef Fabrice Vulin do more than enough to keep you focused on the table.

Vulin, from the French Alps, draws on his extensive experience in some of the world’s finest kitchens to oversee beautiful, impeccable cuisine firmly grounded in the seasons and the world’s finest produce.

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The Tasting Room Interior; Gillardeau oysters at The Tasting Room; Fabrice-Vulin
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Tasting Room Beef from Alexandre Polmard

Indeed, Vulin has access to arguably the very best and most exclusive ingredients available on the planet.

That includes incredible beef from Alexandre Polmard, a fifth-generation farmer and butcher with a mind-blowing cryogenic technique to preserve meat.


That translates as the opportunity to taste vintage beef, for example, from 2001.


If it sounds like science fiction, Polmard claims that you can even taste the ‘terroir’ or unique environment of the year it was produced.

Chef Vulin is the only chef in the world to regularly receive the tenderloin cut and it’s so rare that he has received calls from guests all over the world, desperate to try it.

The Tasting Room is not just for high-rollers, however, and a lunch menu of three impeccable courses comes in at a very reasonable HK$498.

That could mean, for example, Parmesan tart with langoustines and tomatoes, followed by John Dory with squid spaghetti and a decadent selection of tempting patisserie creations.

Chris Dwyer is a freelance writer who writes about luxury travel and food.

Discover Macao

When it comes to food, these Macau restaurants hold their own on the world’s stage. But there’s also a range of other restaurants offering top-notch cuisine. Taste the flavours of Europe in Macao; besides French, there’s Italian restaurants and the best Portuguese wine in Asia.

While Macao is a rising star in the Michelin stakes, there are plenty of good restaurants that aren’t on the list. In fact, there’s more than one that makes it worth doing a Macau day trip.

If you wander the streets of Macao, a delicious meal is never far away. You’ll also find stalls and local restaurants serving up tasty dishes too.

Macao’s famous egg tarts are unique and tasty. Here’s an easy Portuguese tart recipe you can try at home. Looking for a taste of Macao? Try this recipe.

There are lots of wonderful restaurants in Macao but none as individual as these Macanese restaurants.

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Chris Dwyer
Chris Dwyer is a Hong Kong-based freelance specialising in luxury travel and food features for global platforms. He writes mainly for CNN.com but also contributes to BBC Travel, The South China Morning Post, Forbes, Cathay Pacific's Discovery, The Robb Report, Roads & Kingdoms and many more.