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Monday, November 17, 2014

Beijing Kitchen: Northern Chinese Delights at Grand Hyatt Macau

I seriously don't blame you if you think all we did at City of Dreams Macau is eat. Because really, we did eat a lot for the 3 days we stayed there! And I'm sure glad I was treated to plenty of good food during the whole trip. From international fare, decadent Chinese cuisine, and even French fine dining, I can tell you that I was spoiled! But of course, even good things come to an end... Fortunately, my last meal before leaving City of Dreams Macau was also as memorable. And it's all thanks to Beijing Kitchen.

Beijing Kitchen Macau

Located at the ground level of Grand Hyatt, Beijing Kitchen is a pretty famous restaurant inside City of Dreams Macau, serving authentic northern Chinese cuisine. As it's just near the House of Dancing Water, which is brilliant by the way, Beijing Kitchen has become a perfect dining destination to get one's palate whetted and tummy full just before catching the awesomazing show. And why not? It's a haven for Chinese food lovers, serving both the familiar and the exciting -- from the crowd-favorite Peking duck and hand-pulled noodles to dim sum, and even to a wide array of desserts.

Beijing Kitchen Grand Hyatt Macau

And while a beautiful interior is normally synonymous to intimidating, it's not the case with Beijing Kitchen. It has a striking décor rich in traditional Chinese influence but with modern touches of western accoutrements. From the dramatic display of Chinese teapots at the entrance to the warm colors that don the dining room, Beijing Kitchen successfully exudes both modern and rustic. Atmospheric, yet very inviting. It's definitely perfect for more laid-back intimate dining, as well as eating out family style.

The Appetizers

I usually don't gush over appetizers compared to the main dishes itself. But at Beijing Kitchen, I just had to try every meal starter, let them do their job, and be amazed at how each one of them teased my palate for the mains to come.

Mixed Vegetable Salad with Shredded Chicken, Vinegar, Mustard (MOP 65)
Mixed Vegetable Salad with Shredded Chicken, Vinegar, Mustard (MOP 65)
Great starter. Very flavorful and sharp yet well-balanced, with fresh, crisp greens.

Poached Chicken, Shallots, Chilli Oil, Soy Sauce (MOP 70)
Poached Chicken, Shallots, Chilli Oil, Soy Sauce (MOP 70)
Reminded me a lot of Hainanese chicken, but more savory. A cup of rice here please!

Pork & Crab Meat Terrine (MOP 85)
✓ Pork and Crab Meat Terrine (MOP 85)
My favorite among the appetizers! Very flavorful, and can and will leave you hooked!

Yam Cake, Pomelo, Blueberry Sauce (MOP 65)
Yam Cake, Pomelo, Blueberry Sauce (MOP 65)
Definitely the most interesting Chinese starter in this lot. Dessert-like and quite healthy.

The Traditional Beijing Style Duck

So I decided to make a separate sub-category because Peking duck is just awesome.

Traditional Beijing-Style Duck from Wood-Fired Oven (MOP 288 Half; MOP 488 Whole)
✓ Traditional Beijing-Style Duck from Wood-Fired Oven
(MOP 288 Half; MOP 488 Whole)

Beijing Kitchen's sous-chef skillfully preparing the duck
Glistening Peking duck skin porn
Glistening Peking duck skin porn~
Our duck was carved two ways -- one with just the skin layered in with a little bit of duck fat, and the other had more meat and just a wee bit of duck skin.

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Dip the duck skin in some sugar for a slightly sweet, crisp and savory Peking duck treat!
Photo from dgmanila.com
The Peking duck comes with the usual condiments -- hoisin sauce, ginger, and sugar. You can dip the duck skin or meat into one (two, or all) of these three. Or, like how I love to enjoy my Peking duck, you can make them into Peking duck pancakes.

Condiments for Peking Duck Pancakes
Time to make Peking duck pancakes!
I've always shared how much I just love eating them duck pancakes, but I actually haven't taken the time yet to show how exactly to make them. Although most Chinese restaurants here in Manila would serve you the duck pancakes ready-to-be-eaten, there are still times that you have to do it on your own. And it's the case too at Beijing Kitchen as they know interacting with the food is always a fun and welcome experience.

How to roll Peking duck pancakes
How to roll Peking duck pancakes?
Step 1: Place the duck with scallions, cucumber and some hoisin sauce on the wrapper.
Step 2: Fold the left and right flap before rolling from bottom to top.
Step 3: Make sure the roll is tight and secured. Eat and enjoy!


Tada! Rolled Peking duck pancake
Tadaaa!!!
I can't remember exactly how many pieces of Peking duck pancakes I had at Beijing Kitchen. One thing's for sure though. It's definitely more than ten! They're that good! Wrapper was thin and had a delicate texture that perfectly encased the crisp and fatty duck skin, sweet hoisin and refreshing scallions and cucumbers. Yum!

Peking Duck Soup
Peking duck bones made into a soulful soup
Peking duck is generally expensive that it's natural not to let any part of it go to waste. So while we already feasted on its skin and meat, its bones were made into a delicate yet hearty soup. The kind that reminds of being comfortable at home on a rainy day.

The Main Dishes

The Beijing-style duck was really a very enjoyable item from our lunch. However, as much as I'd like to go on and on about it, there are also other dishes worthy of praise.

Crispy Mandarin Fish, Sweet and Sour Sauce (MOP 338)
✓ Crispy Mandarin Fish, Sweet and Sour Sauce (MOP 338)
One of which is this crispy Mandarin fish. I know it might not be the best-looking dish, but it's definitely a great treat for the palate. The fish was already cut in smaller pieces for easier consumption, then breaded and fried before topped with the sauce, pine nuts and melon cubes. Normally, I don't get impressed with sweet and sour-anything. But the additional elements of this dish work and make the usually rich-tasting item, more refreshing. Now, I want to add melon in our sweet and sour pork and see if it'll work!

Braised Shrimps, Eggplants, Chilli, Bean Paste (MOP 190)
Braised Shrimps, Eggplants, Chilli, Bean Paste (MOP 190)
We also had this seafood dish with shrimps braised to perfection -- beautifully crisp and firm, yet still very tender and succulent. The mix of the chilli and bean paste also reminded me strongly of Korean ssamjang, but more sweet and savory. And the eggplants, deep-fried for only a few seconds before they were stir-fried, gives off a slightly crisp outer layer, which begs to be finished off with some rice. Yum!

Fried French Beans, Minced Pork, Preserved Vegetables, Chilli (MOP 95)
✓ Fried French Beans, Minced Pork, Preserved Vegetables, Chilli (MOP 95)
Call me simple and unrefined, but I really enjoyed these French beans with minced pork... Although normally, I won't pay French beans any attention. I guess that what makes this dish special to me. It made me eat and enjoy something I normally don't care about. Now if I can just recreate this spicy, savory and boldly seasoned dish at home...

Pan-Fried Minced Pork Dumplings, Beijing White Cabbage, Yellow Chives (MOP 98)
✓ Pan-Fried Minced Pork Dumplings, Beijing White Cabbage,
Yellow Chives (MOP 98)
Pan-fried dumplings and I have great history. So when this beautiful plate was served on the table, I just couldn't wipe away the smile on my face. How could I? These are beautifully arranged gyoza-like dumplings with an intricate crisped up batter over them. Not only do they look pretty, but the filling was also softer and gooier than most of the overcooked meat filling in dumplings I usually have back at home. Crispy on the outside, juicy and meaty on the inside, and looks like a work of art. What's not to love?

Handmade Flat Noodles, Chilli (MOP 90)
✓ Handmade Flat Noodles, Chilli (MOP 90)
For carbs, we had this serving of handmade and hand-cut flat noodles. This honestly seemed more Taiwanese to me, but I really liked it. The noodle itself was so good -- cooked perfectly al dente, with thinner edges and a thicker middle portion which made every bite very enjoyable. Served with lots of chilli, this is a noodle dish that will satisfy those looking for the perfect noodle texture and love spicy foods with a passion.

The Desserts

From the dining experiences I had at City of Dreams Macau, I noticed that most restaurants here offer dessert platters. I hope restos back home can take inspiration from this and start offering dessert platters too. Really, who wouldn't love them?

Beijing Kitchen Dessert Platter (MOP 198)
Beijing Kitchen Dessert Platter (MOP 198)
Beijing Kitchen's dessert platter comes with five kinds of desserts.

Sweet Osmanthus Flower Cake
✓ Sweet Osmanthus Flower Cake
This is my favorite among the bunch. The osmanthus jelly wasn't cloying, but had just the right amount of sweetness that's also pretty refreshing. I love that it had goji berries in them too. Not only do they look pretty, but the texture becomes more interesting as well.

Chocolate, Vanilla, Green Tea Ice Cream on Lychee Coconut Sherbet
Chocolate, Vanilla, and Green Tea Ice Cream
The green tea ice cream might not be visible from my shot's angle, but it's definitely the one I fell in love with from these three flavors. Creamy and just oozes with bitter green tea goodness! But honestly, all three were fantastic, so go ahead and take your pick.

Seasonal Fresh Fruits and Passion Fruit-Mango Pudding
Seasonal Fresh Fruits and Passion Fruit-Mango Pudding
I've always loved fruits and it's quite refreshing to have them in this lot. However, I think I still had more of the pudding. Sweet, tangy and just perfect for a not-so-sweet meal ender. Oh, and although I didn't take a solo photo of the chilled beancurd, it was also a welcome addition to end this highly satisfying lunch, as I'm a big fan of 'em chilled taho!

THE VERDICT

I've had meals at Michelin Star restaurants in City of Dreams Macau before dining here. But, Beijing Kitchen still left me a very good and lasting impression. While the Beijing Style Duck somehow stole the spotlight, I can honestly say that the other dishes were also very enjoyable. From the appetizers and main dishes to the desserts, everything we had for that lunch session met my expectations and more. And with beautiful interiors, courteous service, and price tags that are generally friendlier than the other restaurants in COD we had dined at, I can confidently promise Beijing Kitchen that they'll see me again real soon! However, it'd be better if Grand Hyatt will bring Beijing Kitchen in the soon-to-open City of Dreams Manila. That way, I can easily bring my family! ٩(๑^ᴗ^๑)۶

Taste 4.5/5
Ambiance - 5/5
Service - 4/5
Price - 4/5
Overall Value - 4/5


The Tasting Room, Crown Towers Hotel
Level 1 Grand Hyatt Macau, City of Dreams Macau
Estrada do Istmo, Cotai, Macau, China
(853) 8868-1930
Grand Hyatt Macau Website
COD Macau Website
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19 comments :

  1. osmanthus flower jelly cakes, omg! these are my ultimate favourite! if I see it on the menu, i'll always order a serving!

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  2. This just gave me an intense craving for Chinese food! Everything looks so freaking great! :)

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  3. Everything looks delicious. The pork and crab terrine made my mouth water.

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  4. The key word in this whole article for me is in the first paragraph: TREATED! Wow, to eat all of these delicacies as a gift from another person without having to spend a cent makes this a more exciting and delicious feast!

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  5. Eat while the world is still young...oh, my favorite hobby wherein Chinese food's the best! What more delicious when dumplings are all over table.

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  6. I totally agree when you say a lot of beautiful restos can be intimidating! I guess the furniture helped take out that element in that resto? Food looks delish!

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  7. How I wish nasa Macau ako to savor those appetizing foodies.

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  8. wow Hyatt in Macau.. i could only dream of checking this place.. the food they serve was truly mouth-watering..

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  9. You guys must have had a fab time there. Food + Travel always bring magic. I am totally digging the Pork and Crab Meat Terrine.

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  10. This is a very mouthwatering post for me as I'm such a huge fan of Chinese cuisine. The interiors of this restaurant is exquisite!

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  11. These look absolutely delicious! I am drooling here. I want every dish from here

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  12. The Peking Duck pictures stole the show for me too! That skin looks crispy and flavorsome. It's one of my family's fave and we always order it if it's on the menu. Filed in mind for reference :)

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  13. Oh. those are all mouthwatering! That flower cake looks interesting. Do you know a local resto that offers that, too? I want to try.

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  14. I love traditional peking duck and the many ways of eating it. It looks like a really fine place for Chinese food.

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  15. Not much of a chinese food fan, but this makes me change my mind. I'd love to try it. How much would it cost me though if I ever had the chance to dine here?

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  16. Everything was just mouthwatering!!! I love duck pancakes too, and would have eaten as much as you did!! Those dumplings really are works of art!!

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  17. The dishes all look really good. And I have just eaten the long beans for dinner. Would love to try out the dishes such as the classic Sweet Osmanthus Flower Cake and the Handmade Flat Noodles

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  18. Drooling when I look at all the food. The most love is the Pork and Crab Meat Terrine and peking duck of course. I have not tried the Grand Hyatt restaurant in Macau yet.

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  19. The restaurants have a good vibe. I’d totally wish to go there with friends and family if the schedule allows. Most of the dishes you presented were very healthy and yummy looking.

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