Learn to mime, learn to rock (with Michael), and indulge in a few of many feasts popping up in Macau this month. Here are the best things to do in our sister SAR this August.
Sensational Summer Dining at The Ritz-Carlton, Macau
A number of delicious summer pop-ups are taking place at The Ritz-Carlton, Macau this month. Chocoholics will want to book in for the Chocolate Sensations Afternoon Tea Set (MOP488 for two; MOP688 including two glasses of Perrier-Jouët) at the Bar & Lounge, featuring a range of chocolate-y delights made from premium beans. Think a white chocolate with passion fruit mirror cake; the milk chocolate with salted caramel; or the dark chocolate tonka with gianduja Coco shortbread.
The Ritz-Carlton Café also features a unique afternoon tea set (MOP188 for one; MOP328 for two) featuring tropical fruits as a final hurrah for summer: think tangy and refreshing flavours such as the homemade salmon mousse with tomato bread and avruga caviar; the peppermint cranberry jelly with pomegranate vanilla sablé and more.
If you love refined Cantonese cuisine, head to Michelin-starred Lai Heen for its ultra-luxurious new menu with Hennessy Paradis Impérial. The tasting menu (MOP2,688 per person) takes inspiration from the premium cognac blend — a one-of-a-kind selection bringing together just ten exquisite eaux-de-vie among ten thousand collections. To celebrate the bottle, executive chef Jackie Ho has created a menu of lavish dishes showcasing chilled abalone, crabmeat with caviar, pan-seared Hanwoo 1++ beef, king prawn and more.
The Ritz-Carlton, Macau, Galaxy Macau, Estrada da Baía da Nossa Senhora da Esperança, s/n, Cotai, Macau, +853 8886 6868
Lobster Fridays at Grand Lisboa Hotel, Macau
Price: MOP 980 per adult; MOP490 per child (12 years old and under)
All-you-can eat lobsters at a 1-Michelin-starred restaurant: Have we piqued your attention? Every Friday at Grand Lisboa Hotel’s The Kitchen, guests will now be able to feast on a five-course lobster dinner including a salad bar buffet, featuring raw and pre-cooked lobsters to round out your starters. Starring lobster from the waters surrounding Maine, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland, appetizers served at the table include a selection of lobster sushi and lobster bisque baked with crispy puff pastry. The mains of course do not disappoint: choose from your preferred cooking method for the crustacean, from grilled to baked with garlic butter to the ultimate Lobster Thermidor.
The Kitchen, 3/F, Grand Lisboa Hotel, Avenida de Lisboa, Macau, +853 8803 7777
Michael Learns To Rock Live in Macao
When: 17 August, 8pm
Price: MOP380–980 from Cotai Ticketing
Take a night off to reminisce with some old school hits: Danish soft-rock foursome Michael Learns to Rock was one of the best-loved international pop groups in Hong Kong during the 90s, with catchy heartwarming singles including ‘Paint My Love,’ ‘25 Minutes,’ and ‘That’s Why (You Go Away).’ As a testament to its popularity in Asia, the band famously adapted Jacky Cheung’s hit, ‘Goodbye Kiss (‘吻别’)’ with their English version ‘Take Me to Your Heart’. One of Denmark’s most famous musical exports, the band has gone multi-platinum, selling over 11 million physical albums to date. See them live at Cotai Arena this month.
Cotai Arena, Estrada da Baia de Nossa Senhora da Esperança, Macau, +853 2882 8877
Macau International Mime Festival
When: 7 August–13 October
Mime’s not all striped tops and berets, as you’ll find out at the Macau International Mime Festival, which celebrates the ultimate physical virtuosity in the time-honoured comic art. Drop in for a performance by US act Gregg Goldston (23 & 25 August) and his Chaplin-style rimmed eyes and bowler hat; French magician Edi Rudo (24-25 August); and the whimsical, poetic showcase by Polish mime and singer Shakkalo (24-25 August). Catch the full programme, with workshops, masterclasses and films, here.
Malaysian Food Festival Buffet at JW Marriott, Macau
When: 22–30 August
Price: MOP588 per adult; MOP294 per child/senior (12 years old and under or 65 and above)
Get your fix of authentic Char Kuey Teow, Assam Laksa, Bean Sprout Chicken, Bak Kut Teh, Nasi Lemak and more without hopping on a flight at the eighth iteration of the Malaysian Food Festival at JW Marriott, Macau. This time, special guest chefs from Penang, Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur, Malacca and Johor Bahru present a mouthwatering array of famous dishes from their hometowns.
The feast begins with some welcome snacks featuring durian, as well as Indian streetside chaat. Be sure to wash down Nyonya delights, tastebud-tingling curries and white pepper crabs with thirst-quenching drinks, including fresh coconut juice, calamansi juice or iced Bandung, or Malaysian rosewater. Don’t forget to dig into the durian dessert station — featuring pungent and creamy renditions of famous Macanese treats, such as Portuguese tarts and serradura. More info here.
Oasis, 2/F, Galaxy Hotel, Estrada da Baía da Nossa Senhora da Esperança, s/n, Cotai, Macau, +853 8883 2221