Roaming around Macau

Happy New Year!!!  I figured I will start the year with some summary posts of our travels during December. Meeps and I took a 3.5 week vacation and stopped in a few places.  We started off with Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia then back to Singapore and then back to reality.  Other than Brunei (home sweet home), Macau was another highlight of our vacation.  Here is a little recap~

When we got to Macau, it was raining cats and dogs.  Although the weather was miserable, it was not hard to notice the charm this place has.  Other than the grand casinos, every other part was very quaint with a historic charm.

We started off with trying to find a restaurant near Sofitel where T was staying.  After getting quite lost and desperate, we just walked into a random restaurant.  To my surprise, CP (Macau native) told me that we wandered into one of the oldest/popular Portuguese restaurants in Macau – Fat Siu Lau.  The best part of our meal was the Signature Roast Pigeon and African Chicken.

We then stumbled into a little bakery that caught my attention – they were making almond cookies and gracious enough to let us sample warm cookies straight from the oven.  Of course, it was a great tactic coz we ended up trying a variety of Asian style jerkies and cookies and bought 7 kgs worth!

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Eddie V’s Prime Seafood – Austin, TX

On our very first night in Austin, we met the nicest cab driver who was like our very own tour guide. During the ride from the airport to the hotel – he gave us some background, told us where to go, what to see and where to eat.  He highly recommended Eddie V’s for their amazing happy hour and great seafood so we went ahead and made a reservation on our last night in Austin.

The restaurant was a lot larger than I had expected – it looked pretty run down from the exterior but the interior was very nice.

Menu

We ordered:

1/2 Dozen Oyster $16

I can’t remember what kind of oysters these were and it was delicious! Very fresh and tasted just like the sea. Yumm…  They are $1 during the Happy Hour on Sundays and Mondays.
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Truffled Steak Tartare $15

Traditional garnishes and toasted artisan rye

The steak tartare was not bad – I didn’t quite get much of any truffle and it had a tad too much mustard.  That said, the quality of the beef was great.
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Jumbo Lump Crab Cake $17

sauteed Maryland style with spicy chive remoulade

I loved the lump crab cake! It was definitely packful of crab without much breadcrumb fillers.  Well seasoned with a nice crisped exterior – the chive remoulade was creamy and rich which went well with the salty crab chunks.
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Alaskan Halibut $33

Sauteed with sweet corn, morels, edamame and smoked pork shank

The halibut was pretty interesting – the creamy rich sauce with smoky pork flavours reminds me a lot of bacon! And the edamame and corn was interesting combination with the fish.  I am not crazy about it but it was not bad~
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2 orders Scallops @ $28 each

Scallops sauteed with citrus fruit, roasted almonds and brown butter

The scallops was one of my favourites of the night.  I was a little skeptical when I saw how much was going on on the plate but it turned out to be excellent.  The large scallops were nicely seared and seasoned well. The grapefruit silvers and rich brown butter was surprisingly delicious with the scallops
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Cobia with Crab Special $32

I don’t remember the details about the special since I didn’t order it.  I took a small bite and it was interesting to have crab and fish in the same bite.  That is all I remembered. *oops*
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Chilean Seabass $40

Steamed Hong Kong style with light soy broth

Best dish of the night hands down!  The seabass literally fell apart the moment my fork touched it and it was so delicately seasoned and just so well balanced and delicious.  The fish was steamed to perfection – and the light soy broth and chinese broccoli went well with the crab fried rice we ordered.
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Jumbo Gulf Shrimp $29

Grilled “Oreganata Style” with fresh Jonah crab

I didn’t care much for this dish – the shrimp was completely crusted with herbed bread crumbs.  It was tad over done for my liking and this plate definitely had too much going on.

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Sides:
1/2 order Steamed Asparagus $6; 1/2 order Sauteed Spinach; 1 order Sugar Snap Peas w Portabella $9; & 1 order Crab Fried Rice with Scallions & Mushrooms $9

The vegetable sides were nothing spectacular and a little bland so none of us were really wowed and we didn’t even finish the dish.  However that crab fried rice was spectacular – the flavours are very much asian inspired with hints of soy sauce, scallions, mushrooms and some lump crab. Really tasty!

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Butterscotch Panna Cotta $9

Salted caramel and house made biscotti

Not bad.  The biscotti was hard to eat without coffee but the panna cotta itself was not bad – smooth and creamy.  I don’t care much for caramel so I only had a couple bites.
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Blackberry cobbler $9

The cobbler was served with vanilla bean ice cream.  It was very tangy with a nice crust.  I am not sure how much I like cooked blackberries though.
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Hot “Banana Foster” Butter Cake $9

The banana foster cake was highly recommended by our server and we quite enjoyed it. It was served flambe, with rich butter pecan ice cream.  The cake was rich, dense and sooo tasty!

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Total Damage: $322.86/ ~45 per person (with tax, no tip)

Personal Rating: 3.5 out of 5 (Pretty good)

Overall experience in the restaurant was pretty good! The atmosphere was pretty formal, with a dimly lit dining room – perfect for dates/anniversary dinners.  It is definitely a pricey restaurant, especially for what I have had in Austin but the meal and as a whole was pretty good! Not all the dishes were a hit but the ones that we enjoyed – they were amazing!

Service was good – we had to wait a little even though we had a reservation but once seated – orders were taken and food was served pretty promptly.

A good place for a nice quiet dinner out~

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Eddie V’s Prime Seafood

301 E 5th Street
Austin, TX 78701

(512) 473 1860

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La Condesa – Austin, TX

On our second day in Austin, we decided on a more low key evening (after spending the whole night at Sixth Street the night before, we were all quite happy to just sit down for a nice meal).  La Condesa came highly recommended by some of the locals so we were more than excited to try it.

JH was a local who grew up in Texas and went to school in Austin and she was impressed with the Tex Mex cuisine La Condesa serves, so I was really excited to be exposed to some Tex Mex.  The decor and ambiance of the restaurant was very hip and eclectic with a nice full bar on the upper level and a main dining area.

Menu had a nice range of options – meats, fish, poultry and even vegetarian. There were lots of plates for sharing and drinks menu, which is a great sign for our group of 7.

We ordered:

Guacamole Tasting $16

A tasting of all the guacamoles and salsa – traditional, chipotle puree & toasted almond, pomegranate & queso fresco, jumbo lump crab w apple & coconut vinegar.

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