Macau: Day 3 (Part 3)

June 7, 2012

One of the best things about staying at the Hard Rock Hotel, Macau is that you could never go bored there — not even if you stayed for a week!  If you should find yourself in Macau, I highly recommend spending one evening at the hotel experiencing “The House of Dancing Water” show.  The renowned director Franco Dragone has created a dazzling aquatic and acrobatic performance that is housed within a brand-new, state-of-the-art theater.  This breathtaking extravaganza will amaze the senses and inspire your imagination to run wild.  I wish that I had been able to take more photos, however photography was prohibited (I sneaked a couple of shots).  In a way, I was relieved that this was the case, because I did not want to miss a second of this extraordinary show.

I did not think it was possible for the evening to get better, but it did, as we dined at the highly talked about restaurant Antonio.

Dinner at this “Michelin” recommended establishment on Taipa Island simply cannot be missed.  While the authentic Portuguese cuisine that is served there is superb, it is actually Chef Antonio that makes the dining experience so unforgettable.  He is the kind of charming person that everyone loves.

The intimate space’s decor was influenced by Chef Antonio’s time spent living and working in Portugal, Africa, Hong Kong, and finally Macau.

The meal and conversation were so good that I honestly forgot to photograph the dishes that I consumed.  I did, however, remember to photograph the restaurant’s signature dessert: the flaming crêpe Suzette.

After dinner Chef Antonio announced that he needed me for something special.  When a man whispers sweet nothings in your ear, no matter his age or the fact that he has been married 7 times, you listen to him.  Little did I know that he was going to help me cross something off my Bucket List.

First he brought out a sword, then a bottle of champagne, and then informed me that I would be slicing off the top of the bottle.  Of course, because he seemed to have a little crush on me, he inserted some naughty jokes in between instructions.  It took some encouragement from the fellow diners to attempt this party trick, but in the end I did it and I have the cork surrounded in shards of glass to prove it!

Make sure to dine at Antonio’s on one of the first night’s of your trip to Macau, because I have a feeling you will want to return again for seconds before your departure date.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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57 thoughts on “Macau: Day 3 (Part 3)

  1. Jen Laceda | Tartine and Apron Strings

    Wow, that looks like a traditional Portuguese resto – something you can only find in Portugal! If the post wasn’t about Macau. I’d think you were in Europe! Love the tile work of the place. Wish there were food photos, though 🙂 LOL, but I understand…when you’re busy enjoying the food and conversations, you just don’t think about blogging – just enjoying the moment! Glad you had one of those moments!

  2. Ruth (Tanama Tales)

    Wow, the restaurant looks so European. I visited some restaurants serving Portuguse food when I visited Shanghai but they weren’t nothing like this. And that chef is a character!! I guess that makes the restaurant more unique.

  3. Emily in Chile

    You look so cutely embarrassed! I know what you mean about food pictures – there are times I just want to ditch the camera and focus on eating, but then I tend to regret not being able to share my meal with my readers. Such a blog catch-22.

  4. Laura

    Wow! Such a great story. The way you are is so inspiring! And I completely love how you write about your travels…very useful!

  5. Abby

    I didn’t know Dragone had a show in Macau — and at Hard Rock? Wow I need to go! I love the shows he’s done here… He’s a genius.

  6. Andrea

    I always thought that was some sort of party trick – you really did it? How cool!

    So an aside, haven’t you always found that the Michelin man, cute and endearing as he may be, really doesn’t go with the exclusivity of Michelin luxury ratings? Feel free to edit out this part of my comment if I really shouldn’t have said that 😉

    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      I did!!!! I was so nervous that I would slice my hand or someones head off, but I did it!

      Hahahahaha OMG I would never edit that comment out, I couldn’t agree more re: Michelin man.

  7. Karla

    Wow Andi! Looks just spectacular as always. You have sold me completely on Macau & can’t wait to go next time I’m in Asia.

    That show is a feast for the eyes!

    Now opening a champagne bottle with a sword? Definitely a bucketlist item. I am sure you were both nervous but thrilled at once right?


    Kay 🙂

    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      Yay!!!!!!!! I’m so glad I’ve sold you on Macau. It will definitely not disappoint. Hahaha who gets to say they opened a bottle of bubbly with a sword in Macau? 😉 Love ya!

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