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Located on the third floor of Grand Lisboa hotel, The Kitchen has floor to ceiling windows, naturally lit, offering views of 17th century colonial Portuguese architecture that is Clube Militar. One is greated by the free flowing salad bar upon entry, at the head of it a giant cake for dessert on display. Quick business lunches are conducted here as are long family lunches and weekend reservations must be made a few days in advance. With a muted brown and nude colour scheme, the little details like the linear ceiling lamps that fill the main dining room ceiling stand out – a work of art in themselves.
Lunches are popular here with the salad bar buffet and a choice of mains, and the à la carte menu runs the gamut from a wide variety of sashimi to maki rolls, pizza and steaks. Our appetisers of “Pan-fried Frogs Leg with Chervil and Onion Ravioli” and half a dozen “Baked French Snails with Herb Butter” set the tone of our meal. Well-seasoned and perfectly cooked frog legs served in broken in little segments alongside al dente onion compote ravioli lightly dressed in sour cream. Our little snails were bathed in more butter than herb and could have done with more flavour.
We picked up the pace with a thin crust New York style Rughetta e Prosciutto Pizza “with thin sliced Parma prosciutto, fresh mozzarella cheese, arugula, fresh tomato and olive oil” and you have the option to drizzle more oil over – but we recommend to pass on more oil - it makes it soggy. The special Lobster Tempura Roll with Avocado is served beautifully with a lobster head. The rolls topped generously with fish roe and a slices of advocado are more than a mouthful and difficult to eat in tact. The crispy tempura unfortunately loses its crispy crunch, made soggy by the mayo party of thinly sliced corgette and mango compote within. We polished off our meal with the Apple Tart Tatin, beautiful slices of caramelised apple with vanilla, the fruit cooked a perfect texture that was not too mushy and retained a lovely bite to it.
Cake on the salad bar is rotated every couple of days, but one has plenty of choices to order directly from the dessert menu.
All the restaurants in the Grand Lisboa hotel share the same wine list, and notably one of the best wine lists in town. Wines from all regions are represented, and very fair priced. There are eight wines served by the glass and the extensive wine list is presented on an ipad.
Prompt, friendly and bilingual service is intuitive and not intrusive. There is dynamism in the pace of service, glasses are never left empty and any request is swiftly addressed with a smile.
The menu has something for everyone. Lunch sets begin from 380MOP+ without wine and à la carte dishes begin from 100MOP to 1700MOP. Wines by the glass begin at 160MOP and bottles from 450MOP. An à la carte meal for two with wine comes up to 2000MOP, given the premium quality of the produce and wine list, it is worth the visit. Many visit for the value for money set lunches which works out to about 1000MOP for two with drinks.