Delish Eats: The Lounge at JW Marriott Hotel Macau Restaurant Review
April 20, 2023
Restaurant history: The Lounge at JW Marriott Macau is an accessible and comfortable dining location for all experiences and occasions. Located inside the Galaxy Macau, this international and Asian-focused all-day spot brings you a great cocktail selection, afternoon tea, lunch and dinner buffets, and Sunday brunch.
What’s the vibe and venue like: Beyond the glitz of the Ritz Carlton and JW Marriott, The Lounge is low in price-point, but offers a premium experience with its deluxe colours and chandelier settings that exude luxury and comfort. Come here for an extended break!
How much does it cost: Mains, sides, appetisers and a dessert cost 605MOP split between three people.
What is the menu about: Designed by Executive Chef Bryce, Chef de Cuisine Yaw, and Speciality Chef Nicki, The Lounge offers sharp seafood dishes, chicken, pork and fish tapas, light Western starters, Indian specialities, pasta and noodle dishes, tarts, and dessert.
What did we order: Chef Satish Thali (MOP158), Beef Tenderloin Rendang (MOP88), Marinated Flank Steak Fajitas (MOP120), Grilled Octopus (MOP88), “French Quarter” Beignets (MOP63).
Chef Satish Thali: The more extravagant dishes offered for our lunch tasting, the thali offers small dips of kadai chicken, dal makhani, prawn masala, basmati rice, pratha, papadum, raita and gulab jamun for a seasoned and balanced tasting of earthy Indian curry.
Beef Tenderloin Rendang: The rendang was prepared well, with perfectly boiled e-fu noodles that held bounce when bitten, kefir lime that played with the heat and umami of the rendang sauce to temper harsh flavours, and coconut that brought a sweet balance to the dish.
Marinated Flank Steak Fajitas: As a fan of Mexican-American cuisine, I was hoping for a sharp bite with each fajita. However, the faint salty flavouring on the steak wasn’t enough to draw out the steak’s natural umami taste. A little spice and salt would bring this dish to a great level for a bite-size nibble.
Grilled Octopus: It’s hard to cook octopus and maintain its tender texture and bite. The chef team at The Lounge hit the perfect timing for preparing this dish. It was paired with capers, olive and cherry tomato to tease the seafood palate with acidity, balancing flavours, and served with potato confit to introduce carbs to the meal.
“French Quarter” Beignets: A great dessert that could easily push us into a small nap after with rich powdered sugar that rendered us addicted. Dip with warm caramel and chocolate sauce, and we’re asking for another plate!
What we liked: Each dish is affordable and prepared well, according to recipes from the Asian region and beyond. The rendang was sublime and held enough heat to get the heart going. The octopus provided a much-needed tenderness to the tasting.
What we didn’t like: Beyond a recommended addition to the flank steak fajitas to reach a satisfying level, it would be preferable to have more beef tenderloin strips added to the rendang dish to balance the meal with noodles
What you should order: Chef Satish Thali, Dry Rubbed BBQ Pork Ribs, New England Stuffed Clams, Beef Tenderloin Rendang, Mini Pavlova Trio.
Location: JW Marriott Hotel Macau, G/F, The Galaxy Macau, Estrada da Baía da Nossa Senhora da Esperança, Macao
Contact details: +853 8886 6228
This food review is based on a complimentary media tasting provided by JW Marriott in exchange for a truthful review and no compensation. The opinions expressed within represent the views of the author.
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