Vida Rica Restaurant and Bar

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Vida Rica Restaurant and Bar takes all-day dining to new heights at the Mandarin Oriental Macau. Diners can head to the swanky eatery for their buffet breakfast, lunch or fine-dining dinner, or grab a light bite at the bar.

A glass wall features views of the South China Sea, while two separate menus reflect the culture of Macau: you’ll find light Mediterranean dishes with a Portuguese focus, as well as Cantonese-style Chinese food.

Portuguese dishes include African chicken and pata negra, while Cantonese offerings range from dim sum to wok-fried Macau sole. It’s a good bet day or night.
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Our Inspector's Highlights
• French chef Dominique Bugnand has put together a menu that offers French cuisine with a contemporary edge, as well as dishes that are an ode to Macau’s Portuguese heritage.

• If you’re booked solid for dinner, try the three-course executive lunch that is meticulously executed and plated. The offerings on this menu change seasonally and will be sure to close deals as well as satisfy stomachs.

• The Macau restaurant offers attentive personal service that leaves you feeling truly pampered. Servers hover attentively nearby when you enter, happy to help you into your chair, and they quickly follow up with drinks and your choice of butter (there are four kinds on offer) and bread.

• The contemporary east-meets-west interiors at Vida Rica, which means “rich life” in Portuguese, feature dark marble, an open wine cellar and subtle Chinese elements such as the contrasting silver bamboo wall.

• For a more extravagant affair, the 12-person private chef’s table with a view of the Macau bay — as well as of the chef cooking your meal only a few feet away — is the best table at Vida Rica Restaurant and Bar.
Things to Know
• Vida Rica Restaurant and Bar is open from 6.30 a.m. to midnight. A breakfast buffet breakfast is available from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. while lunch and dim sum are served from noon to 3 p.m.

• Vida Rica is one of only a handful of Macau restaurants that accept bookings via OpenTable.com, so if you’re unable to call before you reach Macau, all you need to do is sign in online to ensure you get the perfect table when you arrive.

• The dress code at Vida Rica Restaurant and Bar is smart casual. The Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurant is upmarket so men should avoid shorts or open shoes and women will want to look pulled together.

• You can often walk in and request a table or seat at the bar at this Macau restaurant, however it’s best to make a reservation on weekends and holidays.

• Tables in both the Five-Star restaurant and bar book up early for the annual fireworks festival, which takes place over four weekends in September beside the Macau Tower, with seats in the bar area some of the best to be had in Macau.
The Food
• The main menu at Vida Rica Restaurant and Bar at Mandarin Oriental, Macau offers French cuisine with a modern twist alongside dishes whose recipes and ingredients are an ode to Macau’s culinary heritage.

• The salted cod with potato fritters and tartar sauce here is a delicious ode to Macau’s culinary legacy.

• 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.

• Although usually a heavy dish, Bugnand manages to lighten the traditional roasted Challans duck breast with a bright orange sauce and confit of leg scented with cinnamon, making this a mush try dish.

• You can stop in any time of the day or night to enjoy the restaurant’s large all-day menu — or simply grab some champagne and tapas at the bar.
The Bar
• Five-Star Vida Rica Restaurant and Bar doesn’t have one bar, it has three; the 60-seat drinks area has bars that specialize in champagne, cocktails and coffee.

• The cocktail bar offers a full array of standard drinks as well as Mandarin Oriental signatures inspired by the local environment.

• Look for signature cocktails like the Red Plum Aviation, a housemade plum infusion with sake, vodka, gin and fresh lemon, or the Go Go Gold, which is made of rum and Cointreau blended with orange juice, lemon juice, sugar syrup and yuzu.

• The champagne counter offers a range of tapas for those looking for a bite with their drinks alongside a host of premium champagnes and extensive wine-by-the-glass options.

• The coffee bar has a number of exclusive specialty brews and coffee-based cocktails on its menu, available throughout the day, as well as chocolates and pastries to go with your pick-me-up.
Getting There
Avenida Dr Sun Yat Sen, Nape, Macau
TEL853-8805-8918
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