60 Minute Feasts: Le Chinois Cantonese Restaurant at Sofitel Hotel Macau
September 27, 2023
Restaurant snapshot: Le Chinois Cantonese Restaurant is Sofitel Macau’s classy rooftop dining room, serving dim sum bites with a new flair of modern French and Macanese influence.
Vibe and venue: Taking Macau’s lack of verticality among its residential neighbourhoods, Le Chinois Cantonese offers sweeping views of Zhuhai’s neighbouring hills and Macau’s packed streets beyond the downtown casinos. The restaurant is elegantly wrapped in red and black décor, oozing exclusivity above the city.
Value for time & money: Le Chinois is a perfect spot hidden away by many who would be eager to sample their dim sum bites. The menu is expansive and offers a selection to suit various preferences. It’s a must for quality, speedy service, and price point.
Menu highlights: Forget the main dishes, as dim sum is the star. Try the new Honey BBQ Pork, juicy and pickled with meaty aroma, Dough Sticks with Squid Rolls, evidence of innovation in the kitchen, Steamed Prawn Dumpling, BBQ Pork Bun, and Scallops and Fungus in Rice Roll for classic flavours.
What we tasted: XO Fried Rice Roll, Beef and Bitter Melon, Roast Duck Wrapped in Vermicelli, Shredded Chicken Spring Roll, Rabbit Coconut Pudding, Charcoal Bun Stuffed with Creamy Custard.
Hits & misses: The XO fried rice roll was delicately cooked with a great fermented sauce to carry salty flavours in the rice dish. I wished the Roast Duck held a smokier body and gamier flavour, rather than lacking a stronger flavour profile.
The midday must-have: On your visit to Le Chinois, you must sample the beef and bitter melon, a juicy, gooey beef bite that balances sour tones from the melon and umami from the salty beef.
Final verdict: Le Chinois Cantonese Restaurant strives for simplicity in its dim sum menu, with a dash of innovated dishes to compete with neighbouring dim sum haunts. It’s hearty, inexpensive, and yummy!
Location: Le Chinois Cantonese Restaurant, Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16, Rua do Viscode Paco de Arcos, Macau
Contact details: +853 8861 0016
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