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Dec 8, 2008 09:17 AM

Macao Trading Co

Anyone been yet? I'm going on Saturday night and I would love to hear any menu suggestions.

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  1. I went Thursday evening. The cocktails were fantastic. I recommend the Dragon's Milk and the Love Me Long Time. The food was tasty but by no means stellar. The Portuguese lamb meatballs was the best of the dishes I sampled. I'd skip the ribs and the whole sea bass ("Chinese style"), which were competent but unmemorable. Fried milk dessert with grapefruit salad was great.

    1. I was there last Thursday night. It was far from meeting expectations. The space is cool and it will be more of a scene for drinks if they want to survive long term. Im sure they are still working out the kinks on staffing however this was amature night. The food was ok at best I could have had the same meal at Ruby Foo's or PF Changs I was embarassed that I suggested Macao for dinner with friends from San Fran.

      1. I had dinner there twice, loved the portuguese dishes, not so keen at all on the chinese ones. I'm not a big fan of chinese food in general and the flavours weren't as big as in the portuguese style dishes so maybe thats why.
        Favourites include the fennel salad, fried goatcheese and lamb meatballs. and all of the cocktails. nice selection of ports also...

        1. This is a little late but I just ate there this week. I would generally concur with most of the comments. The food was good but nothing truly special with only a few dishes that stood out to me. The portugese meatballs were very good. African chicken was well liked by all. The Chinese ribs were not all that interesting. A few people in our party really liked the portugese Seabass but it seemed ordinary to me. We also liked the rice bacaola and the bok choy sides.

          We had drinks at the bar before dinner and those were all very good. Kudos to the bartender.

          Service seemed pushy to us. Several instances of the bus person taking away plates before people were finished; even mid-fork in one instance.

          On the good news front the place was not overly pricey so that was a pleasant surprise at the end of the meal.

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          1. re: StrongIsland

            Thanks for the suggestions! Went on Saturday night, it was packed. Fun atmosphere, design, and food. We had the meatballs (both Portuguese and Chinese), mushroom croquettes, artichoke and fennel salad, chicken dumplings, lamb chops, chinese short ribs. Great for a group of friends!

            The lounge downstairs had just opened - highly recommend this as well (amazing drinks).

          2. I am going in a few hours. Thanks to everyone who has weighed in. Does anyone have any more insight since these posts from December?

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            1. re: liebersh

              i replied to post about it here:


              let us know how it goes and what you order...i'm curious about the new menu