Eating out: Louvre café Macau
The latest spot in town for some specialty coffee, savory crepes, club sandwiches and a dessert menu. Bright airy with plenty of natural light streaming in from the skylit glass ceiling. Service is still spotty, every new opening’s teething problems, but the food is simple, fresh and good. A café type spot that has been lacking in Taipa Macau for a while now.
As for the name Louvre café, the only sense I make of it is the glass ceiling and airyness creating the same I.M Pei glass pyramids effect of Musée du Louvre in Paris. It is pretty hard to pronounce for a non Francophone.
I’ve been back twice now, had a lobster sandwich (168MOP) served with a side of fries and salad and one of the best sellers here and also really like the savory salmon fish roe crepe (88MOP), the prices are really fair for what it is and I had a specialty coffee for 60MOP, the ice chocolate and ice mocha are in the range of 40-45MOP.
Weekends are packed, as are lunch hours from 1230pm during the week, so I’d advise going anytime after 8am when they open and in the evenings for a light dinner.
If you’re like me with a terrible sense of direction, it can be a little confusing since the hoardings came down. From the carpark of COD (where the mermaid screen is), you head upstairs to SOHO and keep walking pass the lift landing you’ll see Bank of China ahead of you, make that first left – you will see the skylit ceiling, then descend down two floors by the escalator – you should be able to see the café already walking past the luxury displays that gives off a Hong Kong Lane Crawford vibe.
They open at 8am so one of the nice spots to go for breakfast. Lunch time gets busy so I advise going at 11-1130am before the lunch crowd hits.
There’s a wonderful tea selection too if you’re not a coffee person – there’s plenty to choose from!
** UPDATE: there are daily specials now and new additions on the savory menu from different fillings in fougasse to mussels.
I had mussels the other day. 138MOP+, they serve it with bread not frites, so might be worth to request for fries if you prefer so (I would do so next time!)