Believe it or not, I'm back in Macau after a mere five days' absence. This being a long weekend for school and all, the Tiggers have decided to spend a couple of days in Macau. I'm joining them for an overnight stay, since I had made the suggestion that we take Bear on the Batman Dark Flight ride at Studio City.
But spending time in Macau means - for me, at least - eating more good food! So I'm introducing everyone to my favorite Chinese restaurant in the Pearl River Delta - The Eight (8餐廳) at the Grand Lisboa.
In spite of all the news about the plunge in punters/visitors from the Mainland, the two restaurants with Michelin 3-stars within the Grand Lisboa are still doing brisk business. While in Macau last week, we were told that the Eight nowadays is booked solid for 2-3 weeks at a time. So I was extremely lucky to have been able to grab a table for Friday night - albeit at an earlier seating time of 6:30 p.m.
I arrived late due to travel arrangements, and poor Babu had to wait for us all by herself. Thankfully Kenneth Lai - who runs the Chinese section of the F and B business at the hotel - had moved us into one of the private rooms. This would prove very handy while we had Bear in tow.
Ordering the food tonight was a little tricky, as we needed to accommodate the needs of our little Bear as well as keeping Hello Kitty's temporary dietary restrictions in mind. In the end, though, I think we did OK...
First came the duo of amuses bouches:
Sauteed seasonal vegetables with fresh bean curd skin and gingko (鮮腐竹銀杏炒時蔬) - the ladies were in love with this dish, which had a lot of fresh bean curd skin (腐竹) in a milky broth. I found the presence of dried apricots and raisins a little strange...
Coffee jelly (咖啡啫喱) - if there's one dessert I must order every time I'm here, it's the coffee jelly. There's a layer of coffee mousse on top of the jelly, and a thin layer of milk at the very top. Loads of coffee flavor here... and served with some honeycomb crunch on the side.
It's been a while since I've had a bottle of Keller so I wanted to pick one of their bottles from the list. The restaurant manager knows my history of drinking nice, old Rieslings, and promptly suggested that I open up a bottle of Keller's G-Max... which lists for MOP 10,000 or so. I smiled and told him that we were gonna take it easy tonight, and took something about 1/10th of the price - probably the cheapest bottle of wine I've ever ordered off this list.
I really enjoyed our dinner tonight, and of course I'm always happy to be back at this restaurant - which I always considered to be the real 3-star. Many thanks to Kenneth for arranging the room for us so that Bear can fall asleep quietly in the middle of dinner...