Nestled in the middle of Downtown Tauranga’s dining mecca, Macau makes waves for all the right reasons. The award-winning restaurant offers a contemporary Asian-inspired menu that caters for a wide range of tastes and appetites with plenty of vegetarian, gluten and dairy-free options available.
Guests can choose to dine in the courtyard, overlooking water views, or inside where the inviting décor, long shared tables, booth seating, mood lighting and oriental décor creates a relaxed atmosphere.
Husband and wife team Craig and Bronwyn Cameron bought Macau two years ago. Having lived in Asia for four years they were familiar with the cuisine and, with 16 years in the hospitality industry, knew it would be a good fit for them.
Inspired by the communal eating philosophy and the spirit of eating together, the menu has been created for sharing, so you can try each dish as part of a full dining experience. A few ladies in our group hadn’t eaten at Macau before and, although the Pork Steamed Buns, Macau Spring Rolls and San Chao Bao Lamb Ribs are the most popular choices on the menu, we opted for the Jade Banquet which gave us a good variety of tastes and flavours to experience.
The banquet included mouth-watering delights such as spicy, wok-fried Edamame Beans, Takoyaki Octopus Balls, Sichuan and Star Anise Fried Chicken (my favourite), Braised Pork Belly, Slow Braised Beef Cheeks and Tempura Eggplant in a Soy Caramel Sauce (delicious). On a friend’s recommendation, we also ordered a Thai Green Chicken Curry which was excellent. Each dish was jam-packed with flavour and beautifully presented by attentive, friendly staff. All of this was rounded off with a bottle of Spy Valley Pinot Gris.
The empty plates were a clear indicator that Macau was a hit with the ladies.
Wok fried greens with a ginger & miso dressing
Takoyaki Octopus Balls
Although bursting at the seams, we just had to try at least one dessert so we shared a Silk Road Pavlova with torched Italian meringue. We all gave our seal of approval.
Macau is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner and also offers an upstairs function room that has free high-speed WiFi, complimentary AV hire, a large range of food and beverages on offer and is suitable, depending on layout, for 30-110 people.
Images Kseniia Spodyneiko