A collaboration between charismatic master chef Li Kuan Geo (formerly Kitima at The Kronendal in Hout Bay) and restaurateur extraordinaire Seelan Sundoo (of Sundoo South Indian Tapas in Sea Point; Chicha, also in Sea Point; and Seelan Bistro & Bar at the V&A Waterfront) has seen the arrival of a brand-new dining experience in Cape Town.
Another new restaurant, we hear you sigh? Yes, but this one truly is unique! Macau Asian Tavern offers diners a rare taste of Macanese cuisine – a flavour-rich combination of Portuguese and Chinese influences originating in the south China province of Macau.
Macanese Cuisine in Cape Town
Macau (often referred to as the “Las Vegas of Asia” because of its thriving casino industry) was ruled by the Portuguese until 1999, hence the influence. Dishes on the menu might remind patrons of the more familiar Cantonese style – but with a Portuguese twist to it.
Popular Macanese dishes you’re likely to encounter here include Portuguese chicken (a dish that blends Chinese-style chicken with a Portuguese sauce, resembling a yellow curry), pork chop buns, pig’s ears, papaya salad, and the ever-popular egg tart (the Macanese take on the pastéis de nata).
That said, it’s still an Asian tavern, so there’ll be plenty of variety. Those who prefer more familiar favourites can opt for Hong Kong-style barbeque dishes, Goan curries and sushi.
Ye Olde Tavern
The restaurant is situated in a characterful Victorian building that was once home to the peerless Savoy Cabbage. Downstairs, a dining section with booths and a bar beckons (the kind you’d expect to see in a sushi or ramen restaurant), while upstairs is a decidedly more genteel cocktail bar and lounge.
The eatery is set to open this month, so prepare yourself for an exotic culinary adventure.
Opening end-November 2018