Macau

Riviera Hotel Macau: Location inconvenient, room felt old

As always, location comes first. The Riviera Hotel is near the Sai Van lake, a bit on the hillside. Whilst some like its rather removed location, I find it inconvenient. Had it been a good relaxing resort-type hotel, the seclusion might work – but not for a utilitarian hotel. The lobby of the hotel screams mainland Chinese, with gold here and dragon there. Smelled a bit that way too. Not surprising, as the hotel doesn’t even have a website and…

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The Kitchen: A roller coaster ride

With our lunch at The Kitchen, we have finally tried all the restaurants we are interested in at the Lisboa hotels. We were here for the steaks, and both went for the USDA Prime Sirloin Executive Lunch set. I’ve read from some blogger that this is the default place to go for steaks in Macau – high praise indeed, so our hopes were high. We were seated with good view of the oven, which unlike what some might have thought,…

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Guincho a Galera: The choice of tempo is crucial

‘Tis the time around Valentine”s Day, when restaurants show no hesitation in doubling their dinner prices and no remorse in serving only one set dinner menu that more likely than not include only fancy dishes that are neither their signature nor their specialty. Foie gras here and truffles there, and let”s bump the price! But being there for the food, we had no intention of falling into such traps. Fortunately, the normal degustation dinner menu is available for lunch at…

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Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16: New mattresses required

A recent eating trip to Macau braought us to Macau, after not coming here for over two years. Having been to this small SAR for quite a few times in the past 10 years, we knew where to stay. Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16 it is! The hotel fits most our requirements – convenient location on the Macau peninsula near the main road, yet slightly removed from the busiest of actions that it wouldn’t be too noisy. Has the unavoidable…

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