October 11, 2013

Robuchon au Dôme (Macau)

I'm sorry to say that I've been really lazy on the blogging end as I was away for all of September visiting my family in Asia. Now that I'm back, I hope to start catching up with all the backlog! First, I'm going to start off with a spectacular meal that I had at the three Michelin-starred Robuchon au Dôme in Macau. For lunch, the prices are $458 MOP for 2 courses, $558 MOP for 3 courses, or $688 MOP for the full menu (one selection from each section). Note that cheese and dessert are included regardless of the option chosen. Knowing that everything was going to be exceedingly rich, we all chose the 2 courses option. 
The restaurant is situated on top of the Grand Lisboa, featuring a magnificent dome as part of the rooftop. Unfortunately for us, half of the dome was under renovation, so our view was somewhat obstructed. However, my disappointment with the decor dissipated once I saw the bread cart. I cannot say this enough... I... love... bread!!!!
Butter is carved table side and we got a choice of salted or unsalted. 
The bread basket was awesome, as expected. There was a good variety including, baguettes, popovers, and focaccia. Naturally, we were allowed unlimited refills on any bread of choice. And yes, I did ask for seconds! 
Amuse-bouche was corn mousse with lemon curd in the bottom of the bowl. I enjoyed the corn mousse more than the lemon curd. 
Les moules du Bouchots - French mussels "marinières" with touch of cream perfumed with fresh herbs
This was my order, and I thought that the mussels were absolutely delicious! The creamy sauce was flavourful without overpowering the delicate sweetness of the mussels. This was my favourite appetizer and this is coming from someone who is not a big fan of mussels.
Le champignon blanc - white mushroom velouté served with foie gras royale and port wine  reduction
The mushroom soup was actually my first choice, but since my cousin ordered it, I decided to go for the mussels instead (no regrets!). The mushroom flavour was very intense.
Le foie gras - meli-melo of shaved foie gras and fresh figs on a red wine sauce
I also loved my mom's foie gras! The combination of the foie gras, fresh fig, and sweet red wine sauce was was rich and heavenly. Foie gras is all about decadence, and this lived up to all expectations.
Les crustacés - shellfish bisque spiced with Espelette pepper with shredded cod fish and crispy soft fish
My dad had the shellfish bisque, which was accompanied by pieces of tempura fish. Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to sample the fish, but the soup was very tasty.
L'aile de raie - Pan-fried skate wing meunière style with baby spinach and artichoke
My dad continued the seafood theme and ordered skate wing as his main. I only had a bite and it didn't stand out as much as the other dishes. I wasn't terribly enticed by its presentation either.
La Saint-Jacques, la crevette et la calamar - pan fried scallop, prawn and squid in saffron mussel emulsion and spelt risotto
My cousin ordered the other seafood choice. I didn't try any of the protein but the spelt risotto was superb!
La pintade - caramelized guinea fowl with pan fried foie gras and marinated peach with dried fruits
I don't think I've ever had guinea fowl before, but it's pretty similar to chicken. I thought that the caramelization on the skin was divine, and overall I really loved the dish. My mom, however, did complain that parts of the breast were a little tough. That said, the leg that I did try was very tender.
Le burger - Wagyu beef and foie gras burgers with lightly caramelized bell peppers and potato soufflés
The burger actually required a $90 MOP supplement to the meal, but I really wanted to try it. Instead of a burger, I got two tiny sliders (not that I minded since I was getting quite full by this point). The combination of Wagyu beef patty and a giant slab of foie gras made an extremely satisfying bite. There was literally juice running down my arms as I was biting into it! Although the burger was impressive, the accompanying potato soufflés were a bit of a letdown. 
Rather than ordering dessert from a menu, everyone got to choose two from the dessert trolley!
My dad was trying to be healthy and had a fruit salad, which looked very pretty. 
Almond cake and chocolate tart.
My mom had coffee-flavoured cream puffs, which was actually quite good. 
In contrast, the stewed peaches were not nearly as enjoyable. 
My favourite dessert was their famous mille-feuille, otherwise known as the Napoleon! The puff pastry was perfectly flaky and that vanilla pastry cream was just delectable. The dessert was fantastic in every sense and it really was a pity that we were all too full to finish it all. 
One of the fancier desserts was the floating island, which was presented beautifully. However, our server mentioned something about a cheese sauce, which threw me off. 
The meal also included tea and coffee for everyone.
After an incredibly filling meal, we all took some time to enjoy our tea and coffee. My mom had a latte.
After a heavy meal, I had to choose tea over coffee. Before we left, we were also given a bag of confectioneries to take home. 
All in all, I had a fantastic experience at Robuchon au  Dôme, and on the whole, I enjoyed my meal here more than my experience at L'atelier de Joel Robuchon in Hong Kong (which was also amazing). Highlights for me included the mussels, the foie gras, the guinea fowl, and the mille-feuille. It was by far the most luxurious meal out of my entire Asia trip, and I enjoyed everything tremendously. I look forward to returning the next time I visit Macau. 

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