Macau Kitchen

Macau Kitchen

Chinese

0.5 miles
93 St Leonard’s Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9QY

The next best thing to visiting a new place is discovering its cuisine. If Macau is anything like the fusion of flavours its cuisine is known for, it must be an exhilarating place. At Macau Kitchen, chef-patron Kei de Freitas has created a concise menu that showcases the food of the South East Asian port founded by Portuguese traders in the 16th century. As those early settlers yearned for their Iberian home, their cooking evolved and made use of local ingredients. Spices added a kick to dishes from their homeland, and one of the world’s oldest fusion cuisines was born. Certainly Macanese cuisine is new to Edinburgh and this small specialist restaurant is probably unique in the UK, so we needed to get up to speed. Kei and his wife Hoeyyn happily answered our questions as we sipped the wine we’d brought along – you too can bring your own booze for just a £5 corkage fee.

The Asian addition in the crisp pastry empada was the spice-infused potatoes, while the polvo salad blended imported Portuguese-style squid with Asian spices and herbs to create the most exquisite of flavour combinations. To follow, the bacalhau à Macau, delicate cod cooked with coconut milk, turmeric and shrimp, melted into the rice beautifully. More robust was the braised pork belly with tamarind and shrimp dressing – the perfect combination of tart and sweet flavours.

We were so focused on our culinary exploration that it was only as we came to consider the dessert menu that we really took in our surroundings. Look one way and you find yourself in a cosy Portuguese home, turn another and there are cheerful Chinese decorations. This cross-cultural atmosphere is dramatically captured in Hoeyyn’s wall-sized mixed-media artwork. It’s a clever mingling of the two traditions, and appears to captivate happy diners as they tuck into their food. For an indulgent final flourish we chose serradura – rich vanilla cream layered with biscuit crumbs served in a glass – and a sumptuous orange cake that perfectly cleansed the palate after an array spices from faraway lands.


+3Macau Kitchen
Opening Hours:
Tues:5pm-10pm
Weds:5pm-10pm
Thurs:5pm-10pm
Fri:5pm-10pm
Sat:noon-3pm, 5pm-10pm
Sun:noon-3pm, 5pm-10pm
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