Thursday, November 19, 2009

Macau: Clube Militar de Macau

My cousin MJ was in Hong Kong for a few days and we thought appropriate to spend a day in Macau. After going through the usual Casino & ruins visit, and having consumed some of the local street food delicacies, we headed for Club Militar de Macau for supper which came highly recommended.

Here's some of what we had:

Caldo Verde; Traditional Portuguese cabbage soup with sausage

Goat cheese with confit apple in puff pastry tart, dried fruits and port wine reduction

Sea bass steak roasted "á la plancha" with olive oil and broad beans sautéed with Portuguese smoked ham and mint

Pork spare ribs roasted for 12 hours, sautéed turnip tops with Portuguese game meat sausage and roasted potatoes

Warmed apple crumble with vanilla ice cream perfumed with cinnamon

Now, what to say? Well, I was not impressed. However, my only Portuguese reference is Ferreira Cafe in Montreal, which, to me, is light years ahead of Club Militar. It is possible that Portuguese foodies would love Cafe Militar but I didn't. I thought that the setting was a little bit stuffy and lacked warmth. Although well presented, the dishes lacked finesse. My cousin's sea bass was bland; it lacked some sauce or reduction to enhance the taste of the fish. My cod was extremely salty, which might have to be expected provided it was dried cod but still, to me, it tastes nothing but salt. Cabbage soup was decent. Goat cheese tart was also pretty good. All-in-all however, not the exceptional meal we were hoping for.

For 3 people, wine, coffee, desert and service included, HK $875

Clube Militar de Macau
Av. Praia Grande 975
(853) 2871-4000

Monday, November 16, 2009

Hong Kong: El Pomposo

No pictures for this one, sorry.

May and I had been to El Pomposo before and enjoyed it quite a bit. Decent priced and great tasting tapas are served at the podium garden of the Elements mall in West Kowloon. Of course, it is more expensive than the local Chinese restaurants but overall, cheaper than SoHo or much of what can be found on the island anyway.

The ambiance is lively and the service is good.

There is a wide variety of tapas to chose from; from fried squid to orange chicken, grilled asparagus ham to roasted bell peppers. Lovers of Spanish food should have no problem finding something that suits them.

We found very few of the dishes to be not up to par. Overall, the experience we had there (going 3 times) was relaxing, mouth watering and very pleasant. I would suggest 2 tapas per person as an appropriate serving.
For us Gweillo Kowloon dwellers, it is a nice change of scenery from the loud and hectic Asian food restaurants.

For 4 people, with wine and beverages, service included: HK $705

Shop No. R009 Roof Garden, Elements
1 Austin Road West

2196 8123