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

1 comment:

Unknown said...

I thought the 12 hour pork spare rib was quite tasty actually...