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.
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 Hong Kong-based freelance writer who writes about luxury travel and food.
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