Thursday, May 23, 2013

[Macau] The Tasting Room by Galliot (御膳房)

I have always wanted to try The Tasting Room but never had an opportunity until recently.  Better yet, it was a treat from a fellow colleague!  I have heard mixed reviews but after trying the menu myself, I like it!  (Forgive my iPhone / Instagram pictures since I didn't bring my big camera - this was a business lunch!  I am probably going to update this post with more pictures the next time I return.)

The dining room is nice and bright, the servers are very knowledgeable and attentive.  The food is delicious and the presentation is beautiful.    Since my colleagues actually knows Chef Galliot, he came out and chatted with us for a little while!

The dining room is nice and bright.
The bread basket

Is it just me or are all French restaurants now serving Robuchon-styled bread these days?
Don't get me wrong though, the bread is delicious.  I am just curious.
Our server highly recommended this bread to us.
He even brought 2 extra to us when he noted there was only 1 in the basket!

It's a sour dough with walnut and raisins
A seriously good bread especially with their salted butter!
amuse boucheSalmon with Dill Cream and Caviar

The flavor combination is classic and excellent.
I have a good feeling about this meal already.
Side note: This is also offered as one of the appetizers.
Pertius Green Asparagus Royal with Bacon Foam, Oyster Infusion

It could be hotter but I love this soup.
The asparagus is pureed and the oyster is prominent.
Although I can't taste much of the bacon, I am very happy with the soup.

Side note:  I don't eat foie gras but my colleague can't stop raving about it.
The chef even brought us the fresh sun-dried Medjool date to try.  It was sweet like honey!
The lack of bacon is remediated with a freah prosciutto biscuit

crispy, savory, and delicious
Whiting Fish Nage, Fresh Coriander Emulsion and Marinated Tomato with Sumac

I really like my entree as well.
The fish is pan-fried perfectly and the sauce is a very nice compliment to the fish.

Since there were three of us, we decided to order all the desserts offered and shared among ourselves.  My favorite is the panna cotta but the clafutis is yummy as well.

Gariguette Strawberry Clafoutis with Fromage Blanc Sorbet

This one is the lightest of the three desserts offered.
The texture is almost like a sponge cake.
Vanilla honey panna cotta, textures of mango and fresh raspberries

As mentioned, this is my favorite.
Loved the jello like texture of the panna cotta.
It's light and refreshing.
Dark Chocolate Torte, Marshmallow and Graham Cracker Ice Cream

This is good and i would probably like it more in the fall / winter.
This is spring and I preferred something light and fruity

Decaf Latte with a small macaroon

My body is not taking caffeine well lately.
Normally it doesn't affect me and I sleep just fine.
Oh well...

The price of the 3-course prix fixe is phenomenal (MOP$258 per person plus 10% service fee) and for a Michellin-rated restaurant, this is a great value!  (2015 note:  not sure if the price went up since they did earned another star.)  The menu changes regularly and it's usually posted on their Facebook page.  Now I have another place to take my friends when they are in town!

The Tasting Room by Galliot (御膳房)
Level 3, Crown Towers, City of Dreams, Taipa, Macau
Hours: 12:00 - 15:00; 18:00 - 23:00

Disclaimer:  I am not affiliated with the restaurant but my colleague bought my lunch.


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