I recently visited Macao Trading Company with a few friends of mine for a birthday dinner. I had never heard of it before but one of my friends is obsessed with trying out new restaurants every time we go out which is kind of fun.
We usually happen to frequent places that serve mainly Asian dishes because we all love really spicy food and Asian menu’s can generally accommodate all of our different diets easily.
My friend wanted to try Macao because she heard the atmosphere was amazing and I have to say it definitely was. I didn’t like having to walk down a long flight of stairs in my super high heels when we were being seated (not all seating is down stairs) but once I saw the decor down there the stairs no longer mattered. Everything was dimly lit and the furniture added to the ambiance. We sat in a booth of sorts in a corner which was perfect and beyond comfy. The decor was simple and everything meshed perfectly from the bars, to the seating to the plants. I really felt comfortable and it looked like most of the other customers did as well seeing as we were there for quite a long time chatting and chewing as were other tables that had been there long before us.
The menu isn’t incredibly huge which usually annoys me but since we are a group that is really keen on sharing and menu hunting we knew what we were ordering before we got there. I have to say we were super excited about our impending meal.
We shared the Mushroom and Truffle Croquettes and the Chicken & Pork Belly Dumplings (I did not have those as I am currently boycotting mammals but my friends said they were amazing). The croquettes were beyond delish. I am a big fan of mushrooms and truffle flavors anytime I can get them. When put together with awesome crunchy-ness nothing can really beat it to be honest.
For entrees we had the Macanese Chili Prawns, Hoisin BBQ Spiced Hakka Noodles and Fresh Noodles with Main Lobster. The Prawns were awesome! They were amazingly spicy and the prawns were quite big, I thought, not to mention the heads fell right of which was good because I would have been sad if I saw the little prawn faces.
The Hakka noodles were our favorite. The dish was perfectly spicy, the veggies were a delicious compliment to the noodles. The Hakka noodles themselves were perfectly cooked, not mushy but not hard I want to say al dente-esque. I could have eaten many bowls by myself.
The main lobster and fresh noodle dish was underwhelming. I was sad about it but I don’t blame the noodles or lobster. I think the garlic saffron sauce didn’t have much of a taste. We could have been underwhelmed because the other 2 dishes we had were quite spicy but we all felt that the sauce did nothing more than make the noodles oily and soggy. Fresh noodles always have a different consistency. I happen to like both garlic and saffron a bunch. The lobster dish was the one we were most excited about but that being said I would go to Macao Trading again. I can’t love every dish I try and nothing was particularly wrong with it other than it was bland-er than our other dishes. Everything else up to and including the service was great.
I took real notice of the others who all looked to be having a great time. You don’t always notice that but there were a few large groups there that night and everyone even the small groups seemed to be in such good spirits. I can only assume it is the comfortable atmosphere that the decor and the employees exude. I recommend everyone to go there at least once and try it! You won’t be disappointed.