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Temptations, the international restaurant on the 16th floor of the StarWorld Macau has been refurbished from an all-day dining buffet restaurant, and is now more stylish and contemporary. The room is made up of beautiful wood colours, high ceilings and a glass-enclosed kitchen, set in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. There are some semi-private bird cage-shaped booths if you prefer, and overall the restaurant has a nice cosy feel to it with comfortable seating, tables lined with white linen, polished silverware and a fine selection of glassware.
Temptations has a wide selection of traditional and modern international cuisine dishes on the menu. Portuguese and Macanese favourites are also on the menu, ranging from arroz de ariscos and African chicken to salads, and then to grilled items such as meat and fish. We ordered one of the signature dishes, the arroz de ariscos, which is a Portuguese seafood and rice dish that combines mussels, prawns and clams, similar to a Spanish paella, but this tasty version is more like a stew. The galinha Africana (African chicken) is a signature Macanese dish here. The chicken is tender with an intense flavourful sauce that has kept to its traditions. A popular dessert in many Italian restaurants, the Temptations version of the tiramisu is first rate. Portions are quite generous across the board, so sharing a few of the signature dishes would not look out of place in this romantic setting.
The wine list at Temptations carries a good selection of international labels, encompassing both old and new worlds. There is also a good selection of wines available by the glass, along with champagne, Chinese spirits, and the famous whisky selection.
Attentive without being too intrusive, service at Temptations is fast, friendly and competent. Wait staff know the menu and wine list well, and are happy to offer suggestions.
A three-course dinner for two including a glass of wine each will come to over MOP1,000, which we would consider to be fair value for a fine dining restaurant in a Macau hotel.