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The Venetian is the setting for Macau’s newish and most glitzy Indian restaurant in town. The restaurant is located on the first floor, near the north lobby. The room can seat up to 170 guests and has two levels full of colours and patterns including over-the-top giant flowers on the ceiling that also functions as lights for the restaurant. There is a spacious bar with two overhead television sets, a private dining hall and a glass-enclosed dining area that results in a relaxing, cosy and friendly atmosphere. The tabletop is equally decadent with expensive Indian style glassware, chinaware and silverware.
The small menu includes an appetising array of signature Indian dishes from all over India. Chef Justin Paul is originally from Kerala and has over ten chefs from India at his disposal. Many ingredients are imported from India and most items are prepared in-house from the masalas, pickles and chutneys to the ice creams and all food is prepared according to halal standards. We recommend the tangri kebab, which is a succulent creamy kebab of tender chicken drumstick blended with pistachio, almonds, chopped green coriander, skewered and roasted over charcoal fire. Also worth trying is the Kasmiri rogan josh, a popular dish that you will find in many good Indian restaurants but at the Golden Peacock, it could be a signature dish. A whole New Zealand lamb shank is cooked with Kashmiri chilli in delectable brown onion gravy. The Goan-style large tiger prawns is cooked in onions, tomatoes, dry chilli, roasted coconut and shrimp paste, which was inviting and full of flavour.
There is only a small selection of international wines by the glass on the menu but the house selection of four whites and reds could have been more exciting. There are two Indian beers on the list, Kingfisher and Cobra which could be perfect for the spicy cuisine.
The service was friendly, attentive and efficient with the manager doing the rounds in the restaurant and checking on the guest which makes a pleasant atmosphere.
The a la carte is not too expensive considering the quality of the ingredients while the lunch buffet that is available at only MOP 158+ is a real bargain.