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Arroz de mariscos
An intimate restaurant located at the top of the StarWorld Macau hotel, Temptations offers a peaceful retreat for both couples and small groups alike. The wood-focused décor complete with quaint semi “bird cage”-shaped booths and light fixtures mimicking blossoming trees immediately set us at ease, and we were impressed by the spacious entrance flanked by a glass-enclosed kitchen and a wall of wine coolers. A quiet end-of-week meal seemed to suggest the restaurant is a little off the radar for most Macau visitors, but plenty seemed to walk through to head to the adjoining Whisky Bar.
The rather eclectic menu proudly displays flags next to each dish, denoting its country of origin. So you’ll find Norwegian salmon tartare with toasted garlic brioche, French goose liver mousse salad, crabmeat and rocket risotto, and an entire section dedicated to Portuguese and Macanese specialties. Our waiter highly recommended the (German) octopus carpaccio with fresh salmon caviar parfait and lime sorbet, which certainly sounded intriguing on paper. Unfortunately, the dish came out mere moments after we placed our orders; coupled with the fact that the octopus slices were fridge-cold and drying around the edges, we suspected the dish was not exactly prepared a la minute. The sweet and cloying lime sorbet would be good as dessert, but jarred with the rest of the elements on the dish. Better was the clear Mediterranean fish soup, which featured smoked cherry tomatoes – we only wish there was a heavier seafood flavour. Arroz de mariscos fared better in this department, the rice grains ripe with sweetness and umami. We sampled the recommended African chicken but while the sauce tasted authentic, it was let down by dry meat. Portions are generous, and so we shared a portion of the house special tiramisu – an adequate version that would have been improved with a more intense chocolate flavour.
The wine list here, curated by MW Jeanne Cho Lee, is as impressive as expected, with a wide-ranging selection of both old and new worlds, a number of fine champagnes, and a notable variety of Chinese spirits (vintage hua diao and jia fan wines, for example). Our sommelier was extremely knowledgeable and attentive in listening to our preferences, and recommended a brilliantly chilled and zesty Handpicked sauvignon blanc from Marlborough to go with most of our dishes.
The quality of service at Temptations is certainly of a high standard, and the staff certainly seemed to stand behind their recommendations despite the delivered dishes falling short of our expectations. Service is attentive and accommodating, especially useful if you have dietary restrictions or time limits.
A meal for two with wine and service will come to around HK$900, which normally would be fair value for a hotel fine dining restaurant in Macau.