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Macau Asian Tavern

Macau Asian Tavern
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Cost
R80 avg main meal
Ambience
Bar scene, Groups, Quick meals
Food
Asian
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
No BYO

Critic's review

Linda Scarborough and Nikita Buxton

Best for
An intimate date.

Food
Billing itself as an Asian tavern, Macau is named after a region in China that was formerly colonised by the Portuguese. Knowing this important fact will clear away any confusion as you check out the menu, which offers everything from maki and massaman curry to paratha, chorizo and dim sum. Suddenly the seafood espetada and prego-steak bao make more sense! Macanese cuisine is unique, consisting of a blend of southern Chinese and Portuguese cuisines, with ingredients and seasoning from Southeast Asia, Latin America, Africa and India.

Bucking the trend in Cape Town, it’s not tapas for sharing, so you may have to ask the waiter which portions could be considered starters and which are mains. On some further advice of the chef’s specialities, we begin with chicken, chive and garlic potstickers, and a vegetarian bao. The dim sum twists are golden and beautifully crisp and then tender inside, with a superb soy-based dipping sauce. The bao with tempura veg and spicy mayo is also delicious, with textures that play nicely with the bun. It’s not the lightest dough, but it’s tasty.

Under the ‘From the land’ section, the crispy duck is flavoursome and executed brilliantly, with sweet, sticky sauce and fine julienned greens to roll up in thin Mandarin pancakes from a woven basket. All of the above is truly mouthwatering, but it’s the vegetarian dish, a china bowl of sizzling green beans in a complex Szechuan sauce, that might make the meal.

For dessert, Macau-inspired flavours are inserted into classics like a Portuguese custard tart with green tea ice cream and an admirably oozy chocolate truffle fondant with a light taste of wasabi soil but no basil ice cream, as promised.

Drinks
A concise, one-pager wine list presents familiar bottles – both affordable and pricey – including Lourensford, Hamilton Russell, Spier and Alto. There are also one or two generously poured options by the glass per varietal.

Service
Charming, if a little absent-minded.

Ambience
Macau is a stunning spot in the best possible sense. Your eyes will be drawn to the vases of flowers, artworks and plants decorating the heritage brick walls, shelves and ceiling of this double-volume space. A sunbeam-streaming skylight and whirling fans add an exotic atmosphere that whisks you straight out of Cape Town.

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User reviews

  • Great Vibe, Great Staff, Great Food. All round great time! Food is amazing, staff are great at helping you decide what to eat. Its a great venue for dinner with friends, or just a romantic dinner for two.
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  • Went to Macau between meetings one day and fell in love with the place. The food was awesome, haven't had better sushi anywhere else. Staff are friendly and i has a great vibe. Macau is great for a night out with friends, a family dinner, or just a place to park off for a quick bite while you work between meetings.
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  • I absolutely love this place. The food is amazing, service is great, wine is out of this world.
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  • A friend and I went for lunch at Macau. We started off with the chicken & garlic chive potstickers, and the honey glazed cha siu pork. The potstickers are packed with stuffing with a thin pastry casings; honey glazed pork is crispy, tasty, with a sweet taste at the same time. What stood out the most for me was the aromatic crispy duck with mandarin pancakes. The make-your-own pancake concept is something you don’t often find, and everything married so well. Wrapping the crispy duck, fresh cucumber, with a dash of the homemade Hoisan sauce in the thin pancake was heaven. The Macau Roll takes sushi to a new level with the flame seared salmon. The freshness comes out and the mayo adds a bit of tang to the dish as well. Just before dessert, we tried the salt cod fritters with garlic aioli. This little balls melt in your mouth, and the pure cod flavor isn’t over powered by anything. You know when you order fondant, you want that oozing middle? Well, omg did Macau’s truffle chocolate fondant ooze for sure! It was a rich fondant that paired perfectly with the green tea ice cream and chocolate soil.
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  • Went there for lunch on Friday 21st. We were a group of 6, friends. Do yourself a favour and go and indulge in the fantastic food, with such an array of flavours. We started with Seared Scallops, served with a Thai salsa, melt in your mouth with a taste of Thailand, exquisite. The others had the scallops is a Thai curry sauce and they said it was really good. I decided on the Crispy Duck with pancakes, which was excellent. The rest of the group had a selection of dishes,Tonkatsu Pork Chasiu Ramen - A creamy rich pork lard broth with soy braised eggs , scallion and seaweed - which was discribed as excellent. This is the first time that we have been to this restaurant and we will all definitely be back. Chef Kuan is a really talented chef. May they go from strength to strength. Do yourselves a favour and go and discover the taste of Asia on our doorstep.
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  • As the QE1 sank in Hongkong so sank this restaurant in Cape Town.... you sit like in a Tokio subway, the service does only work with support of the guest and the food .... just forget it.... I‘ve travelled the world but I’ve never found a duck in such terrible way ... you expect at least average as the restaurant is only about to be seen ... but to squeeze in a nieche and chew on bones is not what you want for dinner ... the sooner this place closes the better it is .... but ... what is positiv... immediatelly when we complained, the owner came and tried to compensate... but how to compensate a broken glass... wines are great, service is willing but uneducated, food needs definitely a severe refurbishment Don’t go there when you try to avoid disappointments
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Beer served
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food

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