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Here are just a few things you should know before heading to The Tasting Room, a contemporary French restaurant located on the third floor of Crown Towers Macau at the City of Dreams:
1. Expect menus that change with the season and that feature dishes made with ingredients sourced from around the world. Chef de cuisine Guillaume Galliot is understandably and particularly fond of working with in-season ingredients from his native country. For example, on our most recent visit, dishes included a contemporary onion soup made with Roscoff onions, a slow-cooked Brittany lobster and roasted Brittany scallops.
2. Chef Galliot’s culinary pedigree is impeccable. Before joining The Tasting Room in 2011, Galliot had previously served as the chef de cuisine at Raffles’ Jaan in Beijing, and he has benefited from the tutelage of award-winning celebrity chefs Laurent and Jacques Pourcel.
3. Service is as professional and detail-oriented as Galliot’s cuisine. Managers and servers are sharply dressed in full suits or similarly stylish attire, and the attentive waitstaff will happily and helpfully guide you through the menu, answer your questions and make recommendations based on your personal preferences without a hint of pretentiousness.
4. If you want to enjoy a light bite or a cocktail before your meal, the restaurant has a cozy tasting lounge where you can pull up a chair and bask in views of the Cotai skyline while noshing on an artisanal cheese course or plate of gourmet chocolates. The wine list is highlighted by an impressive selection of Bordeaux wines, and signature cocktails include a well-blended chocolate martini.
5. Finally, this upscale French restaurant is located on the third floor of Crown Towers Macau, in the City of Dreams complex. If you’re not staying at one of the three luxury hotels there, make sure to ask your hotel’s concierge for a card that has the name and directions to your hotel printed in Chinese. Though Macau’s, shall we say, lovably gruff taxi drivers should know the City of Dreams, getting back to your hotel can be somewhat of an adventure without directions in the local language.