Eating Out Macau: Dimsum and more @ Portas do Sol
Portas Do Sol in Hotel Lisboa means “Gateway to the Sun” in Portuguese but has nothing to do with sunshine or Portugal, serving up some of the city’s best dim sum and Chinese cuisine and very popular with the locals. First timers to the restaurant might get lost finding the restaurant bypassing the casino floor and you don’t get much help or directions here or you get mixed ones.
Head up the escalator or grand marble stairway and you’ll arrive at what looks like an old ballroom converted into a large Chinese restaurant complete with bright chandeliers and velvet curtains to meet the demands of good dim sum and Chinese cuisine. Good acoustics create a bustling ambience filled with Cantonese chatter of multi generational family diners, typical of an old school yumcha place. The décor is endearingly steeped in the 1970s, probably an old ballroom turned restaurant to meet the demands of dimsum. The ambience reminiscent of how people socialised over long lunches and dinners.
The wine list here is extensive reflective of the enviable Lisboa cellars with some of Macau’s best collections and there’s a selection of teas for dim sum. Lunch for two should set you back 500HKD, without alcohol. The restaurant gets very busy at peak hours, but good acoustics make the chatter welcoming rather than noisy – reminiscent of the ambience at old school teahouses.
Note it’s at the old Lisboa not the golden pineapple looking structure, but just across the road.2/F East Wing, Hotel Lisboa, 2-4 Avenida de Lisboa, Macau澳門葡京路2-4號葡京酒店東翼2樓 Tel: +853 8803 3100