Robuchon a Galera, Macau

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Robuchon a Galera, Macau

Postby Cam » Tue Jul 26, 2011 9:58 pm

Lunch at Robuchon a Galera in the Hotel Lisboa, Macau.

The food was outrageously good. The presence of gold leaf on almost everything was pointless but didn't detract from the meal.

Loved that the wine list comes either as a massive leather bound 300+ page tome or on a somewhat more modern ipad with searchable pdfs for each region.

Loved the numerous trolleys with selections of bread, butter (!) and dessert.

Wine and food service was perfect, couldn't have asked for any more. Overall it totally lived up to its reputation.

Cuisine: French
Food:
White asparagus panna cotta with tomato coulis - Vibrant and delicate. This was a perfect start.
Tuna belly on heart of romaine with crunchy vegetable medley and “tonnato” sauce - Beautifully presented. Lovely seared tuna belly. The tonnato sauce had a real punch to it.
Crabmeat in tomatoes broth perfume with fresh herbs and waffle toast - An out of this world level of good. Intense, concentrated tomato flavour in the broth, the crabmeat had delightful pockets of roe as a surprise throughout. The shiso leaves on top were interesting with their sweet&spicy notes and gave some extra depth to the dish. The waffle toast was just delicious.
Scallop, squid and shrimp with saffroned fregolas and basil emulsion - Scallop was perfect. The squid was stuffed with chorizo and was wonderfully good. I haven't had fregola before but it was interesting and paired well with the other elements. The basil flavour in the emulsion was very mild thankfully.
Braised “Wagyu” beef cheek pepper aromatic and creamy polenta with parmesan- The beef was incredibly tender and the sauce was nicely rich. The polenta on the side was tasty as well. This dish probably had the least wow factor, but was still very good.
Cost: Around AU$80 per person for bread, amuse bouche, 5 courses and petit fours at lunch. Ridiculous value for money.

Score: 19/20

white asparagus panna cotta with tomato coulis

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La ventrèche de thon, dans un cœur de romaine, méli-mélo de légumes croquants lies d’une sauce
Tuna belly on heart of romaine with crunchy vegetable medley and “tonnato” sauce


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Le crabe, dans une eau de tomate parfumée aux herbes fraîches
Crabmeat in tomatoes broth perfume with fresh herbs


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Gaufrette moelleuse et croustillante
Waffle toast


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La Saint-Jacques, le calamar et la crevette aux fregolas safrané et une émulsion au basilic
Scallop, squid and shrimp with saffroned fregolas and basil emulsion


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La caille, caramélisée au foie gras et sa pomme purée
Caramelized quail stuffed with foie gras and mashed potatoes


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Le bœuf Wagyu, la joue braisée aux aromates poivrés, crémeuse polenta au parmesan
Braised “Wagyu” beef cheek pepper aromatic and creamy polenta with parmesan


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Selection from the dessert trolley

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Petit fours

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Re: Robuchon a Galera, Macau

Postby swm » Tue Jul 26, 2011 10:55 pm

Good work! What did you drink?
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Re: Robuchon a Galera, Macau

Postby Cam » Tue Jul 26, 2011 11:13 pm

swm wrote:Good work! What did you drink?


Just me and Anjuli who barely drinks plus a day of sightseeing ahead, so just had a bottle of 2008 Müller-Catoir Breumel in den Mauern Riesling Großes Gewächs which was great - mandarin and peaches on the nose as well as some of the typical spice I often find with this producer. Palate has a splash of delicious richness. Very good length. Drinking well now but has obvious potential.

Plus a glass of 1992 Château Gruaud Larose which showed smoke, spice, earth and old oak. On the palate it was holding up surprisingly well. It wasn't powerful or stunningly complex, but it was actually drinking pretty nicely.
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Re: Robuchon a Galera, Macau

Postby Jamie Hong Kong » Wed Jul 27, 2011 2:25 am

Yes, I love the place.

Must be nice to be making $AUD.Everything must seem so cheap up here.
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Re: Robuchon a Galera, Macau

Postby AlanK » Wed Jul 27, 2011 11:13 pm

Love the place, hate the ferry ride.
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Re: Robuchon a Galera, Macau

Postby nicholas » Wed Jul 27, 2011 11:50 pm

AlanK wrote:Love the place, hate the ferry ride.



Helicopter...
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Re: Robuchon a Galera, Macau

Postby Jamie Hong Kong » Wed Aug 17, 2011 2:13 pm

The ferry is getting worse. Hoiking mainlanders was too much.
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Re: Robuchon a Galera, Macau

Postby Cam » Mon Dec 26, 2011 11:13 pm

Have read that this has moved across the road to the Grand Lisboa and is now called Robuchon au Dôme.
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Re: Robuchon a Galera, Macau

Postby Antonio » Fri Jan 06, 2012 3:41 pm

Yes, Au Dome is now open, and its an awesome looking restaurant.
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Re: Robuchon a Galera, Macau

Postby falls » Mon Jan 30, 2012 2:55 am

Went to Au Dome yesterday lunch,
To be honest, I found it as woefully over-rated at Ray White's Four Seasons joint in the Cotswalds.
By far the two most over-rated eateries I have ever seen, and I have been to Val d'Isere and Courcheval many many times.... the two kings of over-rated restaurants.
Service average, wine list matched the food.... Pretentious and ridiculously over priced. I could comfortably name ten restaurants in Sydney and Melbourne alone waaaaaay better than this, even ignoring the price.
Anyway, there is always the story of the emperor with no clothes to recall.......
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Re: Robuchon a Galera, Macau

Postby falls » Mon Jan 30, 2012 2:57 am

But the restaurant fits the hotel perfectly!!!
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Re: Robuchon a Galera, Macau

Postby Antonio » Wed Feb 01, 2012 3:03 pm

I better guide you though it next time...:)
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Re: Robuchon a Galera, Macau

Postby falls » Thu Feb 02, 2012 9:43 am

Antonio wrote:I better guide you though it next time...:)


haha, yea maybe. To be totally fair, it was Chinese New Year time and the place was packed and staff run off their feet.
Can't see myself going back to Macau, been there many times and it is like Crown at Melbourne, once or twice is plenty.
The trip over is a pain too, ESP when weather is bad, and being a pleb I wouldn't take the copter. :lol:
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Re: Robuchon a Galera, Macau

Postby Jamie Hong Kong » Thu Feb 02, 2012 10:03 am

Every day is CNY in Macau. I reckon it's lost the charm of old. And you are not the first I've heard comment negatively on the new Robuchon.


They are building a bridge from Macau to HKG to facilitate the mainland invaders. Perhaps you could drive next time?
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Re: Robuchon a Galera, Macau

Postby falls » Fri Feb 03, 2012 9:41 am

Yea, Macau is getting pretty passé, every time I go I feel like I just wasted a day that I could have spent in Honkers.
There is just so much to see/do/enjoy in HK that the only reason people who don't gamble go to Macau is to say
"been there, done that"
Funny, Jamie, I have heard of similar bad reviews AFTER I had been grrrr :x

Back in HK in April, for Easter, and I am confident we will give Macau a wide berth!! :lol:
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