Wednesday, 6 January 2016

The Eight @ Grand Lisboa Macau

The 8 Restaurant
2/F Grand Lisboa
Macau

After checking out the Michelin-rated French restaurant Robuchon au Dôme in Grand Lisboa yesterday, it's only fair that we also did the same for The Eight, which is another 3 Michelin stars restaurant in Grand Lisboa.

Since Ada is a great lover of dim sum, she didn't need the rubber-tyre cartoon logo to convince her to sample the food here. It helped, at least for justifying in paying the inflated prices.


 The Place 
The location isn't as good as Robuchon au Dôme, which is located on 43/F with nice aerial view of Macau. The 8 is located on 2/F, and without windows.

Eight is a lucky number for the Chinese.  For example, the Beijing Olympic was opened on 8pm on 08/08/2008. I'm not sure about mins and secs. It would be perfect if they did it at the time of 8pm and 8 mins and 8 secs.

So, what's more logical than applying this lucky number than in a casino? Would be even more interesting if the restaurant is located on 8/F.

If you pay attention, you can see the '8' motif in the different decor throughout the restaurant.

Decor, the Eight Restaurant, Grand Lisboa, Macau
This "grill" can be found at the reception desk at the entrance

Decor, the Eight Restaurant, Grand Lisboa, Macau
Another stylised figure 8 hanging down from the ceiling. Also every 2 circles of this "drape" forms the figure '8' 


 The Food 
To make up for the views outside the windows, there's much to see in the restaurant's decor and especially on your table. Depending what you order, many of the dim sums in the menu are works of art.

Receipt, the Eight Restaurant, Grand Lisboa, Macau


Of course, we ordered a few of these. You would now face the problem that's they're too pretty to eat.

I'm not gonna review every individual dim sum, except to say that while they weren't the very best I have eaten, but they're of high standard. They don't just look good.


wet wipe, the Eight Restaurant, Grand Lisboa, Macau
The restaurant is full of gimmick.
Don't eat it, unless you have a strong stomach.


wet wipe, the Eight Restaurant, Grand Lisboa, Macau
It turned into a wet wipe after water was added.
No, it doesn't taste like chicken.
May need to eat another one to confirm.


abalone, Dim sum, the Eight Restaurant, Grand Lisboa, Macau
Complimentary abalone

shrimp dumpling, Dim sum, the Eight Restaurant, Grand Lisboa, Macau
Prawn dumpling

BBQ Pork buns, Dim sum, the Eight Restaurant, Grand Lisboa, Macau
BBQ pork buns

Pork floss with shrimp puff pastry, the Eight Restaurant, Grand Lisboa, Macau
pork floss and river shrimp (with taro) puff pastry

Crispy duck and abalone croquette, Dim sum, the Eight Restaurant, Grand Lisboa, Macau
Crispy duck and abalone croquettes
sherbet and ice cream, Dim sum, the Eight Restaurant, Grand Lisboa, Macau
Sherbet and ice cream


Overall Score: 9 / 10. If you're kids, or kids-at-heart, lover of dim sums, or food art,  you would want to check them out. They didn't earn 3 Michelin stars just for the gimmicks and food arts. Their standard are quite good. Few tasty dim sums place would give you this menagerie of food sculpture: a feast for your eyes and stomach.

Even if you're not a big fan of dim sums, with such a fun food fare, it's an unique dining experience.

I would come back for food that I haven't tried in my next visit to Macau. I learnt that they have a large menu. Perhaps I'll try their dinner menu instead of dim sums lunch next time.



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