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Posted by Bradley on 08/09/2010
First visit ever, heard good and bad. Beautiful room, very cozy and sexy (wish I was on a date w my waitress instead of my two buddies..) We let our server order for us. She did an amazing job, everything from kitchen and bar was off the hook and paired to perfection. outstanding!!! pork belly, oysters, duck spring rolls, ants somewhere... it was great. Our server was informative and funny made the whole experience memorable my friend's gimlet (jimlet ;) best we ever had hands down! can't wait to go back.
Posted by evan on 08/08/2010
They say people always write about the bad things! was at Macao for the first time, with two of my friends. A hilarious looking host with a giant mustache sat us in the lounge downstairs (the red light district..) as our server told us. which is very warm and sexy maybe too dark as I couldn't read the menu without the light of my iphone (wish I had a hot date instead of my my two friends...) We let our cute server order for us, and she did an amazing job. from the cocktails to the deserts it was paired perfectly. Food was amazing, drinks even more so and service was the best we ever had. can't remember the last time I had so much fun in a restaurant, can't wait to come back
Posted by Drew on 05/27/2010
I had dinner here on a Sunday night with my parents. I had just visited Macau and was raving about the African Chicken I ate there. I was hoping to experience the same thing at Macao Trading Co. Overall the food was delicious. The clams and spring roll appetizers were excellent. The Glass Noodles and Chinese ribs were spicy and delicious. The only thing I was disappointed in was the African Chicken. I found it a little dry and lacking sauce ... nothing like I had in Macau. But everything else was delicious. Dessert was fabulous The Egg Custard tarts and the Chocolate Cake were great ways to end the meal. The restaurant has a very cool, laid back atmosphere and the crowd was a nice mix of people. Too bad the service wasn't at the same level. To be fair, the bartender was excellent and was very attentive while I was having a drink at the bar. Our waiter was another story. He never seemed to look at our table, so it was nearly impossible to get his attention. The food service was very slow, and getting cocktails refilled was even slower. If you dine here, go for the food and the atmosphere, but expect to stay a while with just mediocre service.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/15/2010
Would highly recommend for food, decor and service. We had the octopus and truffle croquettes- both excellent. Also the Port. prawns which were nice. The fried rice was nothing special. Really liked the decor- very inventive and the host and waitress were great. My only complaint is that the tables are super tight and it was impossible to have a conversation or not hear everything your neighbors were saying. The guy next to me was constantly bumping in to me. Other than that, they seemed to also have a good bar scene.
Posted by JC on 11/19/2009
I have been to Macao at least 5-6 times. The quality of food is consistent, cocktails are fantastic, service is consistently efficient, warm and friendly. Downstairs is a lot of fun, good crowd, cozy atmosphere. I have always come back smiling and happy from this joint. Thumbs up and highly recommended.
Posted by Julia on 11/09/2009
Very small and over priced portions of inauthentic Portuguese foodd. Couldn't finish it and was horrified by the bill. STAY AWAY! They were understaffed. Waitress did her very best under the situation, but she couldn't save the poor food, small tables and unusually high prices.
Posted by Sam I Am on 10/12/2009
I was drawn here for the 4th time after experiencing great food. The 4th time I was accompanied with 3 well groomed and dressed friends of mine. After dinner, the manager invited us to go downstairs for drinks. We then looped around to the downstairs lounge entrance and were intercepted by a pretentious, arrogant and rude door person who told us there was a "private party" downstairs. I am a born and raised New Yorker and am well aware of the "private party" schtick. I tried to explain we were patrons who were invited downstairs by the manager of the restaurant. It seems he did not believe me and continued with the "private party" story. I then went inside to inform the manager of what had transpired but ironically, after originally being invited, the spineless manager then told me that he has no pull at the door for the lounge downstairs. Our waiter, who had waited on me the 3 other times I was there, came out to explain that we were regular patrons and should be allowed in but it seems by then the rude doorman's ego got in the way and he refused to let my party in clearly out of preservation of pride. It's a shame that a place with great food is so rude to their regular patrons. In a city with a thousand great restaurants, Macao should do a better job taking care of their customers.