June 4, 2016

Macau Michelin tour 2016: steak for lunch

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Our tour continues today with lunch at The Kitchen in the Grand Lisboa Hotel.  Our lunches on this tour kinda need to fit into the "bargain" category, and this place certainly fits the bill in my book.  With my lunch set priced at MOP 480 (and the pricier set featuring Australian wagyu at MOP 580), it certainly feels like a good deal.

Crispy sushi burgers with tuna tartar - these bite-sized "burgers" came with a very pretty presentation, and were surprisingly tasty.

On top of breaded and deep-fried medallions of rice was a layer of avocado purée, and a layer of very smooth tuna tartare, garnished with onions, salmon roe, and chervil.  There was also some balsamico and a mentaiko (明太子) sauce on the plate.

USDA prime sirloin, with sautéed broccoli and sautéed mushrooms - I'm not a big steak guy, but I remember liking the charring on the steaks from my first visit 5 years ago.

In spite of my original inclinations, I asked for medium-rare in terms of doneness, and I couldn't find fault with the execution here.  This was a very juicy piece of steak, even if it weren't melt-in-your-mouth like Japanese beef.  There was enough salt rub for me to dispense with any additional salt, pepper, or sauces.

Crème brûlée - very well done.  Love the vanilla seeds here.

I wasn't the least bit surprised when the Kat wanted a little tipple, but I was surprised at how thirsty he was...

2010 Bouchard Meursault 1er Cru Les Perrières, en demi-bouteille - a little closed at first.  Oaky and lovely.  After an hour or so lots of buttery richness came out, along with sweet, toasty corn, as well as floral and vanilla notes from the oak.  Nice acidity along with nice ripeness on the palate, with lengthy finish.

2003 Clos des Papes - decanted after opening.  Animal, smoky, and forest notes.  Sweet fruit came out after an hour and 15 minutes or so.  Classic farmy and stinky notes came out later, along with some dried herb.  Starting to drink well.

A very enjoyable lunch, and I thought I got a pretty good deal. Hopefully it won't take me another 5 years for my next meal here...

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