My most memorable dining experience in Macau was, without a doubt, dining in a private room at the Imperial Court.
As I opened the bright red menu, my mouth is agape. The incredible staff at the Imperial Court have arranged a personalised luncheon for me. All those hours toiling away on my blog have finally paid off!
My luncheon starts with a platter of four appetisers. Chef Wong has crafted each appetiser into a culinary surprise by reinventing traditional dim sums.
The Barbecued Duck Liver and Pork Skewers is a play on a Cantonese classic – the Golden Coin Chicken. The decadent duck liver and the flavourful barbecue pork sit on top a pillowy steamed bun.
After the appetisers are finished, the Wok Fried Prawns with Chilli and Shallot is up next. The mild heat of the chilli is balanced and brings out the flavour of the succulent prawns.
I absolutely love crispy chicken and the Crispy Fried Chicken served at the Imperial Court is clucking good! The chicken skin has been encrusted with flaxseed, adding to the crunchy texture.
A Chinese meal is not complete with out some form of rice. But don’t expect your average fried rice from the kitchen of Imperial Court. What we have instead is wild rice is cooked with conpoy (dried scallop) and prawns, which produces a delicate and light dish.
Five dishes later, we have reached the sweet finale which is a Soya bean pudding. Generous bits of mango are scattered throughout this classic Chinese dessert.
Executive Sous Chef Louie Wong has created innovative dishes whilst remaining true to Cantonese cuisine. Despite all the finesse and quality ingredients used, Imperial Court remains affordable which makes it a favourite with the locals.
The Dim Sum Set Lunch is a steal with its $188 MOP price tag. It’s available Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) and allows guests to choose 5 dim sum from a selection of 18.
When it comes to dinner, prices are steeper but the dishes become more extravagant. The Chef Chow Classics menu will set you back $1,180 MOP per person but with premium ingredients, like suckling pig, bird’s nest and lobster, it’s certainly worth it.
Diners can choose from an extensive international wine list or an inviting array of Chinese teas to drink with their meal.
Service is exceptional. The staff are attentive in a discreet and unobtrusive manner. My tea is constantly refilled and plates are cleared within seconds.
As you enter the restaurant, you are greeted by a magnificent stone column that’s intricately carved with Chinese dragons. The main dining area is modern and accented with Chinese influences such as the bright blue carpet and crockery etched with dragon motifs.
For a more intimate experience guests can book one of the six private rooms. The spacious private rooms are partitioned off with floor to ceiling dividers, ensuring complete privacy for diners. Some of the rooms even have flat screen televisions and lounge areas.
Authentic Cantonese cuisine paired with attentive service makes the Imperial Court a winner in my books. If you fancy being pampered like an emperor or empress then make a royal appointment.
This review was based on a complimentary meal.
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