Blissful Carrot is a multi-cuisine restaurant in Macau known for its wide range of vegetarian and vegan options. The menu is a rotating one, which features cold wraps, hot grilled sandwiches, salads, rice bowls, pasta, tacos and dessert. The restaurant caters to the needs of health conscious people and use only fresh, organic ingredients in their dishes. Some of their specialties include the Mediterranean grilled veggie wrap, Sonoma Garden salad, the curry bowl and the Three Amigos. Do leave some space for trying out some of their gluten free desserts.
The award winning Lord Stow's Bakery is a local favorite and celebrated by Japanese tourists. Though small, this neighborhood bakery boasts a wide selection of cakes, breads and pastries. On the "worth trying" list is their healthy egg white cake loaf, Portuguese-style egg tart and mud cake. The open-fronted bakery, featuring a floor tiled with small green mosaic tiles, also makes customized foods upon request. Not particularly expensive and definitely worth a try.
This is definitely the kind of place where you could picture retired Napoleonic officers discussing the latest war between European powers, wearing military uniforms and rattling their sabres. The décor has a distinct military style and is very well organized with waiters marching between tables, medals swinging from their proud chests. The menu features the perennial Portuguese favourite—bacalhau—as well as many other dishes including African Chicken and seafood rice.
Known for its palatable food, chic decor, and warm atmosphere, Lai Heen seldom fails to make its customers' experience a memorable one. Set on the 51st floor of The Ritz-Carlton hotel, this is where you can feast on a plethora of taste-bud-tingling, Cantonese delicacies while enjoying a breath-taking view of the city. Largely featuring traditional dishes, each item on the menu is infused with a touch of culture, that keeps you coming back for more. Do try the signature seafood, rice, and noodle varieties, and complement it with a refreshing cup of traditional Chinese tea, recommended by the restaurant's very own tea sommelier.
From the outside, this restaurant looks a bit like a hut overgrown with vines. Once inside, the place extends out into a huge bungalow and an open-air bar. Although there is no air-conditioning, the beach front location allows for a nice breeze to drive the heat out. The menu features plenty of Mediterranean-style seafood and meat dishes, apart from stewed clams in wine sauce and roasted chicken which are impressive. Drinks are kept chilled in bottle coolers. Very popular with locals and Hong Kong day-trippers, expect this place to be packed on weekends.
LemonCello is a vibrant ice cream parlor, known for its unconventional ice cream flavors like ginger, pepper, tofu and figs. The store, famous for its Italian ice creams, has garnered the attention of children and those who have a dissatisfied sweet tooth. The chefs here a constantly trying to raise the bar when it comes to making desserts, by trying new concepts and ingredients; which in turn makes this ice cream parlor, one of the best places for desserts, in the city.
Café Bela Vista, situated in the Macau Mandarin Oriental is the perfect restaurant for diners who enjoy having plenty of choice. As well as a buffet at breakfast, lunch and dinner (and a special seafood buffet, in operation at weekends), there is an extensive a la carte menu for diners to choose from. The restaurant specializes in mostly Asian cuisine, with a hint of European influence; the Shanghainese braised pork belly is a great option, as is the spaghetti pomodoro. There is also a full bar available and a luscious range of desserts.
Another of the Macau Mandarin Oriental's fine dining establishments, Vida Rica serves up an fascinating mix of Western, Japanese and Chinese cuisine, all with a contemporary twist. The menu is eclectic but with the guidance of the chef's vision, it manages to be cohesive. The tender New Zealand grass-fed lamb is a perfectly cooked dish, as is the seared salmon steak with truffle mashed potatoes. The wine list is considerably more classic, and for families, there is a special kids' menu. Vida Rica is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner; call for reservations.
If you love seafood and buffet, then you are in for a treat at Belcanção. This Four Seasons restaurant and wine bar serves an inspired Asian menu with various global cooking styles. Their buffet spread regularly changes and is distinct from every meal course. Be it breakfast, brunch lunch or dinner, there is no monotony at this place. Dinners are always themed and seafood is the highlight of both their lunch and dinner sections. Check out their specialties as well. Crustaceans, grilled seafood, meat carvings and decadent desserts will tempt your palate. Whether you are on business, with family or friends, you will enjoy their delicious spread. Smart casuals are recommended and reservations are advisable.