The only restaurant within the Mandarin Oriental, Macau, Vida Rica features a spectacular glass wall offering expansive views over the Nam Van Lake with natural stone and sensuous lighting create an exhilarating ambience for all-day dining with a contemporary twist. mylifestylenews discovers……
The interior design adds intimacy to the restaurant with adjacent entrances to the dramtic Vida Rica bar. A breakfast time epicurean table transform at night into a dining counter with a more flamboyant activities, Vida Rica’s menu are infused with originality and character by its culinary team impart a delicate yet exciting touches to classic dishes.
We had a window table with a mesmerizing full moon evening providing some of its own glow to our evening dining experience. To add to this moon glow and to ensure that we did not miss anything significant, we opted for a set menu that encapsulates the key signature dishes.
To start proceedings, the amuse bouche of a foie gras cherry glazed ball lollipop and compressed watermelon with caviar. A lovely presentation enroute to the fine wine & dine journey.
The next plate certainly peaked our interest. The signature <Alaskan Spider Crab and Cviar> wrapped in lobster jelly glaze with five dollops of avocado and mango sauce (more like a puree) as well as sour cream and Sturia caviar. A very well executed presentation but unfortunately it doesn’t favour us in terms of the palate. It was rather flat and lacking that spark of the combination of ingredients used on this dish.
The <Onion Soup> with Gruyere cheese espuma and onion broth is the highlight of our dinner. The combination with a foam on top of coarse bits of fragrant chopped mushrooms, onto which the fragrant onion broth is poured.
There are a lot of French Onion Soup recipes and the Onion Soup in Vida Rica is an out-of-this world onion soup with an amazing depth of flavor. It is piquant and delightful and this honest and authentic version deserves a place on the list. It is probably one of the best onion soup we have had over the years.
For a change of direction, the <Deep Sea Prawn with Iberico> The Mediterranean prawns was quite inviting and was utterly perfect. The black pork presa, spelt enhance the flavor with the bed of broad bean, fennel puree and pickled onion. This dish is as tasty as it looks.
The dessert finale for the evening was an impressive <Hot and Cold> Raspberry globe, onto which a warm berry sauce is poured to collapse the globe and reveal the lychee-raspberry sherbet within, creating a hot and cold sensation in the mouth. We loved every morsel of this dessert even such a creation is not new to us but the arc of fresh fruits was refreshing to cleanse the palate.
Just when we thought the set menu was completed, a beautiful presentation of petit fours arrived to tempt us further, it was inviting to go with a cup of tea which we enjoyed immensely. It is quite clear that the French Executive Pastry Chef has a great command of ingredients and presentation while all Mandarin Oriental Hotels are renowned for their pastry creations, as the Executive Chef does for all the other courses.
Nevertheless, the Restaurant Manager has carefully chosen some exceptional wines to compliment each course that delighted our evening. We were hoping for something more exciting gastronomic dining experience that would tantalize our taste buds at each and every course. Since every Mandarin Oriental hotel’s restaurant has their very own unique identity, a certain expectation was anticipated.
Tried & Tested:
Design & Decor: 4/5
Food & Beverage: 3.5/5
Value For Money: 3.5/5
Avenida Dr. Sun Yat Sen Nape,
Tel: +853 8805 8888
Tel: +853 8805 8888