Vida Rica is a thrilling amalgam of chrome and black marble, and the only restaurant in the five-star Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Although it’s open for breakfast, it’s really at lunch and dinner that the establishment comes into its own. I’m also a fan, whether for aperitif or nightcap – of the adjoining Vida Rica bar, with its 7.5-metre-high floor-to-ceiling windows. The restaurant is a very neat marriage, with Master Chef Lam rolling out the Cantonese fare and his French counterpart, Dominique Bugnand, juggling Portuguese, Macanese and other international dishes. Whichever cuisine you pick, you’re sure of a feast, complemented by a very well stocked wine cellar. If it’s a special occasion, both a private room and a chef’s table are available. Finally, the children’s menu provides some interesting fusion items, such as the sweet and sour meatballs.
Price: Lunch and dinner around MOP600
Payment type: credit cards accepted