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You don’t have to leave Mandarin Oriental, Macau to enjoy a delicious meal with a fabulous city view. Thanks to French chef Dominique Bugnand, both sides of Vida Rica Restaurant and Bar offer a full menu of exquisite fare (not to mention a 2,000-plus-bottle wine cellar). Here are the five best things to order at the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurant:
1. Chef’s table. What’s the best way to ensure you try the restaurant’s top dishes? Eat with hef Dominique Bugnand (at least two-day advanced booking required). The private chef’s table room at Vida Rica seats 12 people and offers views of the Macau bay. Staring at the view is almost as tempting — almost — as watching Bugnand whip up his native French cuisine with a modern twist and seasonal ingredients, along with updated traditional Portuguese and Macanese dishes, right in front of your eyes.
2. Salted cod. Although Macau might now be part of mainland China, it would be a travesty to go and not try dishes that tip their hat to the city’s Portuguese heritage. The salted cod with potato fritters and tartar sauce here is a delicious ode to Macau’s culinary legacy.
3. Executive lunch. The executive lunch here is a popular choice amongst both hotel guests and local businessmen looking to close a deal over a delicious meal with world-class views. The three-course menu often favors lighter fish options over heavy meats and changes along with the main seasonal menu. Although the roasted tomato focaccia and four types of butter on offer will be tempting to load up on, save room for the delicate fish options and dessert — both will look as good as they taste.
4. Challans duck. Although usually a heavy dish, Bugnand manages to lighten the roasted Challans duck breast with a bright orange sauce and confit of leg scented with cinnamon.
5. The Millionaire's Mojito. With its three bars, each specializing in a different type of drink — cocktails, champagne and coffee — there is no shortage of drink options at Vida Rica. The Millionaire's Mojito is a venue signature at the champagne bar, offering a delicious mix of mint, lime and cane sugar shaken with Pyrat rum, strained over crushed ice and charged with champagne.