Food Review: Golden Peacock, Macau
Last month Purva and I enjoyed a small break in Macau. I shall post a detailed account of the trip soon. But here’s a quick review of the Golden Peacock restaurant at The Venetian Macau.
For anyone who savors Indian cuisine, a trip to Macau would be incomplete without visiting the Golden Peacock restaurant at The Venetian Macau. A splendidly decorated restaurant, the Golden Peacock has been awarded the Best Special F&B Awards in the 2014 Hurun Presidential Awards and has also received the prestigious Michelin star.
We were served a four-course meal by a very pleasant staff. The staff is Indian. Chef Justin Paul from Kerala uses his culinary skills to create a delightful menu.
The starters consisted of Kandari Murg Tikka, Lahsooni Jhinga (garlic prawns) and Zard Seekh Kebab. What stood out was the colour of the tikka. Marinated and prepared with pomegranate juice (instead of food colour), the bright red kebabs looked both palatable and cheerful.
Next up we had the Spicy Prawn Tomato Shorba. It’s unlike any tomato soup you’ve had before. Just the fact that it was served with Indian breads made it a tad quirky. But I guess one can break the convention every now and then.
The main course consisted Panch-Phoran Sea Bass and Jhinga Balchao. The food was fresh and flavourful. The infusion of a dash of lady finger in the meal was an interesting aspect. Honestly, it was nice to have a touch of home abroad. Another nice and healthy touch was the upma. It was a pleasant deviation from the usual mashed potatoes.
Our dessert consisted of Anjeer Pista Kulfi. Again something very Indian with a twist. The sweetness was just perfect. It helped change ones flavour yet didn’t overwhelm ones taste buds.
This meal was about MOP 270 per person that works out to about Rs 1900. And kindly note that the cost does not include alcoholic beverages.
Overall, Golden Peacock scores high on food presentation. Our camera, perhaps, was a little happier than our taste buds. Each dish looked like a piece of art but lacks a punch. The ambience is pleasant though a tad understated considering that we’re at the magnificent Venetian. We’d say, the food is flavorful although subtle by Indian standards. But it’s a welcome break from the very bland local cuisine in Macau. A little bit of home away from home.