The Eight (Macau)

Score: 3 M*

http://www.grandlisboahotel.com/dining-the_eight-en

Is this the cheapest 3 Michelin Star restaurant in the world?  Well almost certainly for dim sum, 4 of us left here completely stuffed for about £33 each and that included 3 beers and tea.  At dinner the bill could rack up to be considerably more, for example, the tasting menu is HK$1,760 For 2 (currently about £70 each)- although that is still probably the cheapest 3 star tasting menu worldwide.

This was excellent dim sum, just slightly different enough to make it interesting but without muddling the classic flavours.  The attention to detail in the cooking and presentation was top drawer.  Looking at the photos below it is obvious that a lot of work goes into the dumplings.  They taste great as well and also what is not so easy to see is some of the effort that has been made in the cooking process to make multiple textures in the same piece etc.

A bbq pork starter was also very good.  The service throughout was excellent, a real effort was made to describe dishes and make recommendations.  The restaurant is also finished to a very high standard with the décor remaining fairly classy.

This was an excellent meal, probably the best dim sum that I have had by a touch; at current prices this is an absolute bargain.

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AB

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XLB with hairy crab

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Goldfish prawn dumplings

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Crab tartlets with curry sauce

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XLB with chicken essence and tangerine peel

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BBQ pork buns

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Crispy fish

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Streamed rice flower roll with shrimp spring roll

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Cuttle fish

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Free custard tarts to finish

San xi lou (Hong Kong)

Situated In the Mid-Levels, San Xi Lou is a Sichuan restaurant that specialises in spicy hot pot. This is what we concentrated on, we ordered various things to put in it including water chestnuts, cuttlefish, pork dumping and 3 types of beef.  The dumpling and the cuddle fish worked best; I would perhaps not order too good a cut of beef as over-cooking is a worry…

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You make up your own dripping sauce first

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The result

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Beans and pork

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Hot pot

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Mott 32 (Hong Kong)

Pretty cool place in a basement in Central.  The standout here was the Barbecue Prime Iberico Pork with Yellow Mountain Honey which is available in limited amounts, we thankfully got the last portion on that evening. The pre-order and dinner only Apple Wood Roasted Peking Duck also looked good but we unfortunately had not pre-ordered…

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Barbecue Prime Iberico Pork with Yellow Mountain Honey

 

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Dry Fried Squid, Sweet Chilli & Lime Zest Sauce

 

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Australian Wagyu Beef M5+ Sirloin with Shitake Mushrooms

 

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King Prawns, Black Pepper, Garlic, Soya Sauce

 

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Free Range Chicken, Dried Chilli, Szechuan Red Pepper

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Cafe Murano

http://www.cafemurano.co.uk/

I am a fan of the original Murano (see a review here) so I have wanted to try the new, more casual, offshoot for a while but until recently I just never got around to making it there.

The restaurant is well located, just off Piccadilly and the room is well laid out.  What is very nice to see is that, especially given the location, that the food there is fairly priced.  All the dishes that we had were at least good, the standout for me was a well balanced mackerel dish and the slight let down was a under-seasoned halibut dish.

I would def return here- good food and service at reasonable prices in a location near to theaters and Soho bars.

Starters:

 

Charred mackerel, fennel, orange & almonds (£8.50)

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Wood pigeon, pistachio, beetroot & horseradish salad (£11.00)

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Mains:

Wild mushroom, parsley & Parmesan tagliatelle (£18.00)

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Halibut, Romano peppers, aubergine (£19.00)

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Side:

Cauliflower, almonds (£3.75)

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