During our stay at The St Regis Macao, we had the opportunity to check out the two prestigious F&B outlets in the hotel. Yes, two may seem rather lacking as The St Regis Macao is a 400-room property but here it’s certainly the quality and not quantity that matters.
THE ST REGIS BAR
An iconic establishment in St Regis hotels all over the world, The St Regis Bar welcomes guests with its distinguished looks. The plush setup within spells elegant comfort – deep suede seats and sofas that make you want to sink into them immediately while your gaze linger over the marble, glass and shiny metallic fixtures that make up the classy bar. An air of cosy intimacy permeates the premise.
The extensive selections of concoctions and exquisite wines and liquors are the bar’s trademark. Discerning guests come here for some of the world’s rarest vintages, quite often enjoying them in the exclusive confines of The Vault, an intimate space deep within the bar.
We had Afternoon Tea here and it was a memorable affair. One can order a la carte from the menu for the tea sets and also indulge from the gorgeous arrays of goodies laid out at the bar counter. It’s so easy to lose yourself for an entire afternoon just to enjoy all that’s served, from hot savouries to endless refills of the most exquisite pastries and sweets.
The iconic Bloody Mary is signature cocktail of St Regis Hotels & Resorts globally. However, each hotel has crafted their unique interpretations of this cocktail using local influences and ingredients. The Bloody Mary at The St Regis Macao has been uniquely twisted with whiffs of fire thanks to red peppercorns and lemon added to the original recipe. It’s revitalizing as the heat sensations only kick in after you have swallowed a few sips of the cocktail. It’s one cocktail I won’t forget in a hurry.
The hotel’s signature restaurant, The Manor actually offers 5 different dining concepts within its interior. First to greet guests is The Verandah with a lush indoor garden dining setting with mountains of fresh seafoods on ice against grand glass panels to tempt you. The casual bistro-style serves light meals like gourmet sandwiches, freshly-shucked oysters, salads and tasty starters to get you going.
Walk in further and there’s the elegant Dining Room and the Wine Gallery for some serious dining in an intimate setting. After a meal, move on to the tranquil oasis known as The Library which is exclusively for guests seeking a quiet private space to chill out.
For even more special exclusivity, there’s The Penthouse Kitchen where you’ll get the personal attention of their masterchefs.
Now let’s get on to the lovely breakfast and a sumptuous dinner at The Manor…
Breakfast at The Manor is something you have to make time for. Simply because everything on the counters and on the menu were just so good. The array of fresh breads, pastries, cereals, salads, smoked meats and hot dishes were more than enough to satisfy big appetites. There was also a hot counter where chefs were ever ready to have your eggs and noodles cooked a la minute.
Duck tongues for breakfast!
The best part was the special items that were available on the menu. Favourites like truffle Eggs Benedict, French Toasts, Lobster Omelette, Wantan Noodles and Foie Gras Steamed Egg were cooked upon order and served piping hot. Life couldn’t be any better.
So, that was breakfast. Now, let me share with you the sumptuous Degustation Dinner we had at The Manor. It was Chef Gaetano Palumbo’s “Captain’s Seafood Bounty” menu.
Freshly baked bread
Cauliflower Panna Cotta, Sea Urchin Espuma
Razor Clam with Tuna, Scallop Mango Salad
Red Prawns Carpaccio, Yuzu, Black Truffle, Caviar
Dutch Mussels in Black Bean Sauce
Ocean Trout, Miso Caramel & Parsley
Double-boiled Chicken Soup with Matsutake Mushroom, Sliced Abalone & Iberico Ham
Octopus with Ginger, Garlic and Soy Sauce
Steamed Black Garoupa FIllet with Black Truffle & Eggwhite
Light Sesame Panna Cotta, Pistachio Savarin Sponge, Passionfruit & Apricot Sorbet
House-made Mango Ice-cream
We had one more treat when Chef Gaetano prepared and served us the to-die-for Robata-grilled Miyazaki Wagyu A5. The perfectly-marbled sirloin melted in our mouths and we really took our time to savour every bit of it.
Certainly it was a dinner that’s memorable in every sense. Food quality didn’t waver, service was faultless – the service crew was very knowledgeable about the dishes served and every effort was made to ensure a delightful dining experience. After all, it is The St Regis.
THE ST REGIS MACAO
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