March 31, 2013

御膳房 The Tasting Room by Galliot (Macau)

I can't believe I'm still blogging about my Asia trip from three months ago, but I'm determined to finish it before I go on my next vacation in April! Anyway, I'm always interested to try restaurants in casinos, even though they can be a real hit or miss. On this occasion, I had lunch with my parents at the Tasting Room by Galliot, located inside the City of Dreams (where the House of Dancing Water is situated).
Two options are available- 2 courses for $188 MOP or 3 courses for $228. Coffee or tea is included in both options.
The bread basket included 3 types of bread, all served warm with butter. My mom particularly liked the olive one.
To my surprise, the meal also included an amuse-bouche- a delicious pumpkin soup of some sort. It was a nice start to the meal.
As my appetizer, I had slow cooked organic egg with onion in white balsamic bread emulsion. My egg was cooked perfectly with a velvety texture and the foamy emulsion added to that creaminess. The egg was accompanied with three canapés topped with pickled onions. The acidity of the onions served as a nice contrast against the richness of the egg.
My parents both had jelly of mushroom consommé, almond flakes, foie gras and mushroom cream. I also really enjoyed this plate as the foie gras paired very well with the earthy mushroom flavours. My dad, however, was disappointed as he was expecting some sort of soup.
For his main, my dad opted for braised lamb shoulder, Provençale style with potato gratin and natural jus. Neither my mom nor I tried any of the lamb, but he assured us that it was fork-tender. That said, I don't think he was very full from his course.
My mom had slow cooked cod fish with mussels, endive, beurre blanc, and tarragon sorrel. Her fish was cooked nicely and I thought the plate was really tasty altogether - flavourful but not too rich. 
I was a little too adventurous and chose acini de pepe with baby vegetables, lobster claws and coral. From the Chinese translation, I was expecting risotto, but the server warned me that it was actually pasta chopped up to resemble risotto. I decided to try it anyway, and unfortunately it didn't work for me at all! I found the texture very strange, almost like somebody chewed up the food. Anyway, I gave most of my plate for my dad to finish, but I think he still wasn't very full after this.
We only had one dessert, which was strawberry shortcake. I'm not a huge fan of strawberry shortcake, but this one was pretty satisfying. For me, the highlight was definitely strawberry sorbet, which was superbly intense.
We ended the meal with coffee and a small treat. On the whole, I enjoyed my lunch and I thought the appetizer were particularly excellent. The prices were also very reasonable compared to other casino restaurants. If you're stopping by the City of Dreams, The Tasting Room is definitely a good lunch choice.

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