Contemporary Portuguese cuisine in a glamorous setting

While the name Mesa, meaning “table” in Portuguese, might recall humble family dinners in a quaint Douro Valley farmstead, the glamorous signature restaurant at The Karl Lagerfeld hotel turns every expectation on its head.

Ornate gold walls greet you as you make your way into a space only the legendary German fashion designer could have dreamed up. Picture bold monochromatic patterns, gleaming black marble, Chinese-style birdcage lamps and an LED ceiling depicting scenes from nature — a nod to the skylight inside the late designer’s Paris studio.

Just like the spectacular atmosphere, the food and drinks at Mesa offer anything but ordinary takes on Portuguese cuisine. Expect contemporary cuisine rooted in tradition, international ingredients inspired by the country’s once-sprawling global empire and an impressive collection of Portuguese wines and spirits.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • As the only restaurant in the world designed by Lagerfeld, Mesa is a destination. Inventive details await in every corner, from the 3D faux-window ceiling to the geometric patterns lining the floors, regal furniture and the Lagerfeld-designed staff ensembles.
  • Mesa’s menu combines traditional recipes with innovative techniques and a world of eclectic ingredients, representing the Portuguese empire’s broad sphere of influence during its heyday.
  • The larger-than-life restaurant boasts one of the largest selections of Portuguese wines in Macau, including exclusive bottles from respected Douro Valley wineries like Quinta do Crasto and Quinta do Noval. Unsure where to start? Mesa’s resident Portuguese sommelier will happily help you navigate the wine list.
  • The pièce de résistance is undoubtedly the gilded, circular bar that resembles a bird cage. The ambitious design pays tribute to Macau’s long history of birdkeeping as a pastime while showcasing Lagerfeld’s attention to detail and lavish perspective.
  • Signature cocktails, like the Last Back Garden — comprising jasmine-infused gin, wolfberry and swallow’s nest — also highlight Macau’s past. This particular drink pays homage to the birds that nest in the fishing village Coloane and comes in a playful bird-shaped glass.

The Food

  • Chef de cuisine André Lai helms the kitchen, preparing elevated Portuguese food with an eye for plating and a penchant for theatrics without going overboard.
  • To start the gourmet journey, opt for the petiscos, or snacks, designed to be enjoyed with a glass of wine or beer. Among these, the smoked mackerel stands out with its smoked mayonnaise, a kiss of lemon and a smoked-filled glass cloche that’s a feast for the eyes.
  • Few things say “Portuguese” quite like piri piri chicken. Mesa marinates its chicken in a spicy brine, followed by a slow roast in vibrant piri piri sauce. The process yields moist, tender bites that take this traditional dish to the next level.
  • Look out for delicious Portuguese seafood dishes, like octopus à lagareiro. The rustic staple sees an elegant lift at Mesa, where chefs carefully boil, slice and roast the octopus, then serve it on a bed of mashed potatoes topped with olive oil, garlic and coriander sauce.
  • Attention to detail and storytelling are second to none. For example, the paprika-spiced, deep-fried mussel “escabeche” arrives in a clever Mesa-branded can. The creative presentation relates to Portugal’s canning industry, which was prominent in the early 20th century.
  • For those with a sweet tooth, try the fatias douradas, or “golden slices.” Portugal’s answer to French toast, these egg-battered slices of brioche come coated in sugar and cinnamon, alongside a scoop of vanilla ice cream and lemon curd. But you can also opt for a classic pastry, like a delectable pastel de nata (Portuguese egg tart).

Business casual
Gluten-free options
Kid friendly
Private dining
Reservations recommended
Valet parking
Vegetarian options
Getting There
Level 3, The Karl Lagerfeld, Rua do Tiro, Cotai, Macau
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