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“Getting Truly Lucky in Macau!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of La Paloma

La Paloma
Ranked #595 of 708 Restaurants in Macau
Price range: $1 - $156
Cuisines: European, Spanish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
columbia SC
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60 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Getting Truly Lucky in Macau!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2012

After a hot, humid, crowded Saturday afternoon in November (!) of sightseeing in tropical Macau, my husband and I wound up around the corner from the A-Ma-temple, on a waterfront street below a hotel with a terrace. We asked outside about getting a beer and were invited up the stairs and into a lovely hotel. Because we weren't dressed for the restaurant, we sat out on the terrace and enjoyed a nice view of the waterfront. After cooling down with beer and lemon tea, we ordered the Paella Valenciana for two. It was the best paella either of us had ever eaten, by leaps and bounds - (and we were in Spain a year ago, and then again, just two months ago). The seafood (clams, mussels, squid) was succulent and fresh, chicken and sausage moist and delicious, rice flavorful. The rice included lots of lovely fresh pea pods and smaller bits of fish, meat and chicken. My description doesn't do it justice; I think it takes quite an accomplished chef to fashion something this special. After we ordered, the Maitre'd mentioned to us that the chef is famous worldwide for this dish, and we could understand why! If you find yourself in Macau, we highly recommend this restaurant. Thank you to the nice staff, and especially, to our very kind and helpful server, Assistant Director Joshua Khoo. Joshua recommended a perfect dessert for this meal, of sorbet, berries, and liqueur. Thank you!

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Maryjudy
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Any
English first
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55 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“One of Macao's hidden gems”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2012

La Paloma restaurant is within the Pousada (hotel) that has been made in the old Sao Tiago Fort.
The restaurant is in rooms on the battlements, and has a open air terrace on the battlements. It is accessed by the original fort tunnel entry, which is incredibly picturesque. The fort was built in 1629.
The Chef, Hector, prepares traditional Spanish cuisine. It is quite superb.
Well worth finding, of you are in Macao.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Andrew M
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Singapore, Singapore
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76 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Great Tapas ~ Spanish Cuisine”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2012

This place is not very convenient for transport, so you need to get a taxi to go there.
Joshua, the assistant Manager speaks English and was kind enough to teach us to tell Taxi driver in Chinese.
The restaurant is set in old building., when you enter you will walk into a rock tunnel, in old chateau,. The restaurant is located on the 2nd floor.
I had my first Paella in La Paloma... and it was delicious. I also love the tapas.. they have a set for four tapas....My recommendation menus : the croquette, the baby squid, very tender and tasty... (really really good)... and the Patanegra ham. The dessert : the passion fruit cake with ice cream.
Overall, It was a very pleasant experience. Will definitely come back!

  • Visited August 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank AnimaBella
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Malaysia
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86 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Fine and cosy dining”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2012

In general, the ambience of this Relais et chateaux is something that you should not missed during your Macau trip. The food is more to a high side but it is worth every single cent depending on the occasion. I would say that this a fantastic venue for proposal, special event and even gathering.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank kentkflee
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Gambais, France
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300 reviews
217 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
“Good but nothing outstanding”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2012 via mobile

In this very old traditionnal Relais et chateaux hotel a restaurant where you access after climbing many many steps with no view but looking high class. Nice cutlery plates and glasses large menu with a lot of Portugese dishes. Portugese cod is very salty but it is supposed to be th local sole is coming in a stew and looses it's interest the sea bass with CEO and asparagus is covered with sauce. In general the se ice is very good and professionally friendly but the lack of view and the not so outstanding dishes is disappointing.

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Thank Trotteglober
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