It’s only natural to look for and try Chinese food when you are in Macau. What some do not know is that Chinese cuisine is very diverse because it originated from different regions of China. There is the popular “Eight Cuisines of China” that came from different regions and offer different taste and ingredients according to the region’s specialty. So, when one talks about wanting Chinese cuisine, one must be specific. It is fortunate that Macau has lots of Chinese restaurants that specialize on different Chinese Cuisines. For this Macau Dining series, the spotlight is on North Restaurant at the Venetian Macau.
North Restaurant or simply North offers traditional cuisines of the Dongbei and Sichuan regions of China. Dongbei is the Northeastern part of China, and unlike Sichuan cuisine, it is not included on the Eight Cuisines of China, but it’s still one of the most famous local cuisines. North restaurant has Chefs originating from the North preparing the food as authentic as possible. The dishes are masterfully cooked with ingredients coming from the north to make sure that diners have the best experience. There are many selections of dishes that include spicy foods, seafoods, noodles and dimsum, and dishes for vegetarians. They offer different courses from Chinese appetizer to soup to main dish to noodles and even desserts.
Signature Dish: Crispy Lamb Chops with Cumin – Lamb chops are marinated with cumin sauce and deep fried to perfection. The Lamb chops are to be served crispy with added seasonings on top.
Beijing Style Crispy Duck Served with Crepes and Condiments – Duck is carefully sliced to preserve its crispiness and served with crepe and natural condiments, Beijing Style.
Popular Dishes: Deep-fried prawns topped with Puff Pastry and Fried Banana with Pulled Sugar
What we Ate: Marinated Eggplant and Bean Curd with Pickled Chili Sauce, Slow Cooked Sliced Beef with Vegetable in Spicy Garlic Sauce, “Kong Po” style Chicken with Cashew Nuts, wok-fried US Prime Rib Eye and Goose Liver with Dried Chilies and Mushrooms, Xiao Long Bao, Old Beijing Pan-fried Pork Dumplings, and Fried Banana with Pulled Sugar.
Total Cost: MOP2200
No. of People: 6pax
The serving for each dish was very generous and it was presented nicely. The food arrived in accordance to the courses. My personal favorite was the “Kong Po” style Chicken for it wasn’t too salty and not too oily. The kick of chilies on US Prime Rib Eye and Goose Liver gave a Sichuan authenticity. Xiao Long Bao was served hot, as it should be served, and the juice from the bao was so tasty. There is a Noodle counter where you can watch them prepare the noodles live and serving them to you hot.
The restaurant is at the casino level of the Venetian hotel so there is no outside view. 3-minute walk from Main Lobby makes it very accessible. The restaurant is shouting “red” and very Chinese. Chinese ornaments are creatively placed and Chinese-designed chandeliers illuminated the place. It has a noodle counter and has six private rooms. The private rooms are good for 6 to 10 people. The floor is massive and the table are put in a very comfortable way. Overall, it has an authentic Chinese feel.
The restaurant can sometimes be very busy with Chinese and foreigners, but the service level is still commendable. The staff is composed of Chinese, Vietnamese and Filipinos who are all accommodating and warm.
North has been included as one of best restaurants featured in Hong Kong Tatler for four consecutive years since 2013. It also currently ranks number 13 on trip advisor’s Restaurants in Macau list. It has a very good reputation that eating here is a must for everyone who’s traveling in Macau. They really live up to the hype, plus, it isn’t very costly. For the setting and the food, the money is definitely worth it.
Operation Hours: Sundays to Thursdays – 11am to 11pm. Fridays to Saturdays – 11am to 01am.
Reservation: (853) 81189980 / firstname.lastname@example.org (accepts walk-in)
Address: Casino Level 1, Shop 1015, The Venetian Macao at Cotai Strip
Dress Code: Smart Casual Attire
Budget: HKD/MOP200 to 350 per person.
Private Room: Minimum charge of MOP2000