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“Lovely setting atop the ramparts of an historic Portuguese Fort” 5 of 5 stars
Review of La Paloma

La Paloma
Avenida da Republica | Fortaleza de São Tiago da Barra, Macau Macau, China
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Ranked #165 of 370 Restaurants in Macau
Price range: $1 - $156
Cuisines: Spanish
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Hong Kong, China
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“Lovely setting atop the ramparts of an historic Portuguese Fort”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2011

My wife and I live in HK. We have been going to Macau for many years. We had not been in the hotel, known as the Pousada de Sao Tiago for a few years. The hotel houses the restaurant. We were offered a choice to eat outdoors or indoors. We were happy to have been warned by the Executive Asst. Mgr, Jose LEAL, about possibly having bees outside at this time of the year so we chose to eat indoors. The restaurant is spotlessly clean and the French china is a magnificent deep blue with gold trim. Some diners were dressed casually, others were in suit and tie so one can feel comfortable in almost any mode of dress. The restaurant has an incredibly extensive wine list, with at least 10 pages of Spanish reds, as well as red and whites from about 10 other countries. We ordered a bottle of Moet Chandon NV. The restaurant uses a wider rim, and deeper champagne flutes from the Riedel Sommelier line, so that you taste champagne more on the sides of the mouth and tongue and not just in the center, as one does with the more narrow Riedel champagne flutes. The menu offers a la carte and tasting menus as well as tapas. Since we enjoy sharing a lot of dishes, we ordered several tapas. The portions are large so beware if it is just two of you! We started with Crispy Pork bits which was excellent. Although the presentation does not look that great the taste is perfect. The pork is on the bone so use your fingers! We then had Cannolis of minced beef with a white sauce which was also very tasty. 3 Cannolis is a lot and you could make a main dinner dish from this tapas dish. The baked Manchego cheese, which looks like tofu was delicious. It is dipped in a garlic and oil and baked in the oven. The portions again were very large. We also ordered the red pepper Picante, which is a whole pepper, stuffed with bacalhau (ground up cod) and then baked with a red tomato sauce around the edges. The Spanish chef Hector told us that it is pureed and seasoned so that it does not taste like cod. I agree. I normally don't like salted cod. We both said we would recommend this dish as the cod does not taste like cod, is not salty, is not fishy, and it has a consistency like a mashed potato. We adjourned to the outside, where we had coffee on one of the ramparts, overlooking the inner harbor waterway. No bees visited us.
Service was excellent. Staff were very attentive and the dishes came out quickly even with about 4 other tables of diners present. Try to get a table near one of the windows so you can have a view. Make sure you plan to leave plenty of time to enjoy the restaurant and the food and the wines. Our experience with transportation was different from other reviews. Transportation is not a problem if you ask staff to call a taxi for you about 10 minutes before you are ready to leave. The hotel has a van which can be used to take you into town also. We gave the driver a tip also. We shall return!

  • Visited November 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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