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Located on the 11th floor of the Altira Hotel, a sense of opulence is apparent the moment one walks into Ying. Apart from the soaring views, there is much to capture your attention, such as a curving curtain of crystal beads hanging dramatically from the ceiling to the floor adorned with flying cranes. Rich tapestry and carved columns enhance the sense of luxury, and tables are well spaced and covered with high quality cloth. The very finest porcelain and crystal are served along with silver tipped chopsticks. Walls are created with hanging threads that blow gently with the air conditioning, creating an artistic movement to match the magical food served.
Ying serves Cantonese cuisine created at the highest level. Familiar dishes are not reinvented, but simply perfected by a team of chefs who are passionate about their craft. An appetiser of roasted suckling pig is presented with exceptionally thin sliced crispy crackling and succulent morsels of moist pork accompanied by finely sliced spring onion, providing elegance and intensity from a dish that can often be heavy and clumsy. The stir-fried prawn served with crispy rice is presented as food upon a canvas, such is the artistry of the dish, allowing for an explosion of taste and texture between the moist prawn and the base of fried noodles and crispy rice. The fried rice with scallops and crab roe is presented so beautifully that eating it is almost sinful – it is an infusion of flavours with perfectly cooked rice, presenting the diner with the sadness felt only when a great dish is finished. This is a common problem at Ying, owing to the brilliance of the team to produce perhaps the finest Cantonese cuisine in Macau. Dim sum lunches are popular with the same creativity and attention to detail prevailing. Premium teas are available to complete the dining experience.
An electronic tablet that allows you to search by vintage, region or grape and providing an explanation of the wine when selected adds to the modernity of Ying. From affordable to indulgent the wine list is reflective of the tycoons who expect the finest wines for the finest food.
Attentive, friendly and knowledgeable, service at Ying complements the effort of the kitchen with serving staff passionate in their introduction of each dish. Attention to detail is observed throughout and makes for an exceptional culinary evening.
Ordering rare items with vintage wines will see the price soar into the realm of indecency. Dim sum is the best value option, as an à la carte dinner with premium teas will cost around MOP1,000.