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Macao now boasts 19 Michelin-starred restaurants

Macao now boasts 19 Michelin-starred restaurants

Macao has been further confirmed as one of Asia’s most exciting food destinations, with three restaurants receiving Michelin stars for the first time in the 2017 Michelin Guide Hong Kong Macau.

The new additions bring the total number of Michelin starred restaurants in Macao to 19, up from 16 the previous year. The guide also continues to recommend a host of other restaurants in Macao with a total of 68 restaurants mentioned, and has awarded twelve of Macao’s eateries the Bib Gourmand Award.

The three restaurants added to this year’s list, Lai Heen, Pearl Dragon and Ying have each been awarded one star for their Cantonese offering, whilst Feng Wei Ju, a Hunanese and Sichuan restaurant and Japanese restaurant Mizumi both added a second star. In total, twelve of Macao’s restaurants now hold one Michelin Star, whilst five hold two stars and Chinese restaurant The Eight along with French contemporary restaurant Robuchon au Dôme, retained their three-star status.

Not only does the new Michelin Guide showcase Macao’s exceptional luxury offering, but also how the destination continues to excel for those looking for fantastic food on a budget. Twelve restaurants and cafes have been awarded the Bib Gourmand award, given to restaurants offering a three-course menu for no more than 300HKD (approx. £32). With ten of these carrying their award over from the 2016 guide, and Castiço (Portuguese) and Xin (Hotpot) newly awarded for this year, it is clear that Macao is not just a destination for the luxury traveller but also for food lovers in general. Further demonstrating this, the Street Food category includes twelve recommendations for Macao, reflecting the vibrant street food scene that visitors can expect.

Macao has long been recognized for its exciting, innovative and culturally significant food landscape, with Macanese food widely believed to be the world’s first fusion food. Visitors to the destination, which lies 40 miles off the coast of Hong Kong from where they can travel by fast ferry in one hour, can expect to find a varied selection of restaurants, cafes and bakeries to choose from, as well as having a tantalising selection of street food at their fingertips. From Macanese, Chinese and Portuguese food, to French, Italian and everything in between, those looking for a food experience unlike any other can be sure to find it in Macao, a fact further enforced by this year’s Michelin Guide.

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