Petrus Restaurant 碧翠轩餐厅 @ The Landmark Hotel Macau

My last meal in Macau happened to be 港式点心 or simply Hong Kong-style Dim Sum.

The venue was at Petrus, a 24-hour Cantonese cuisine restaurant, located on the 5th level of The Landmark Hotel, Macau. Because of its close proximity and convenience, I had lunch there thrice. I had some repeated items with different friends and we’d ordered what’s considered traditionally popular items when eating Dim Sum (the soup and vegetables are not considered dim sum items).

Petrus Restaurant 碧翠轩餐厅 @ The Landmark Hotel Macau

Petrus Restaurant 碧翠轩餐厅 @ The Landmark Hotel Macau

The waiting area of the 24 hour restaurant boasts of fine wines.<br />I didn't have time to check if they carried a good selection of Pétrus here.

The waiting area of the 24 hour restaurant boasts of fine wines.
I didn’t have time to check if they carried a good selection of Pétrus here.

I had Dim Sum here thrice, twice in the spacious main dining hall and once in the private room.<br />This post is a compilation of foods I had on the three occasions.

I had Dim Sum here thrice, twice in the spacious main dining hall and once in the private room.
This post is a compilation of foods I had on the three occasions.

铁观音 (Tieguanyin) or "Iron Goddess of Mercy", is one of the most famous types of Chinese tea.<br />Recent studies by scientists, in China and Japan, have shown the chemical composition and mineral elements from Tieguanyin to have special functions on human health from regular consumption of this Oolong Cha.<br />Some benefits of Tieguanyin are:<br />1) anti-aging effects<br />2) anti-cancer role<br />3) slimming aerobics<br />4) control diabetes<br />5) dental caries<br />6) effective reduction of cholesterol in patients dealing with obesity<br />7) promote blood circulation<br />8) reduce and eliminate nicotine effects<br />9) enhance liver metabolism and<br />10) sobering up the intoxicated.

铁观音 (Tieguanyin) or “Iron Goddess of Mercy”, is one of the most famous types of Chinese tea.
Recent studies by scientists, in China and Japan, have shown the chemical composition and mineral elements from Tieguanyin to have special functions on human health from regular consumption of this Oolong Cha.
Some benefits of Tieguanyin are:
1) anti-aging effects
2) anti-cancer role
3) slimming aerobics
4) control diabetes
5) dental caries
6) effective reduction of cholesterol in patients dealing with obesity
7) promote blood circulation
8) reduce and eliminate nicotine effects
9) enhance liver metabolism and
10) sobering up the intoxicated.

Ingredients from the Corn & Dried Vegetable Soup. I had commented in my previous posts that most of the time, soups and ingredients are served separately.

Ingredients from the Corn & Dried Vegetable Soup.
I had commented in my previous posts that most of the time, soups and ingredients are served separately.

It is also a usual practice that soup is the first course whenever possible. The soup was tasty and full bodied.

It is also a usual practice that soup is the first course whenever possible.
The soup was tasty and full bodied.

At Petrus, 炸两 (Zhaliang) or rice noodle rolls (肠粉) are stuffed with 油条 (youtiao - Chinese crullers) and the youtiao is stuffed with minced seafood. This is something different from Singapore's version of zhaliang, which is served without the seafood stuffing.<br />The accompanying sauce served separately is also not practiced in Singapore whereby the sauce is already poured onto the zhaliang when served.

At Petrus, 炸两 (Zhaliang) or rice noodle rolls (肠粉) are stuffed with 油条 (youtiao – Chinese crullers) and the youtiao is stuffed with minced seafood.
This is something different from Singapore’s version of zhaliang, which is served without the seafood stuffing.
The accompanying sauce served separately is also not practiced in Singapore whereby the sauce is already poured onto the zhaliang when served.

The ever popular dim sum item, BBQ Pork Buns (叉烧包 pronounced as cha-shao-bao).

The ever popular dim sum item, BBQ Pork Buns (叉烧包 pronounced as cha-shao-bao).

叉烧包 (CSB) is usually served in a basket of 3.<br />Have you ever wondered why?<br />Anyway, my girlfriend said Petrus used to served better tasting CSB.<br />Well, perhaps it was an "off" day or perhaps there was a change in chef. I would prefer the bao to be stuffed more generously with bbq pork filling. It could also do with lesser salt and sugar.

叉烧包 (CSB) is usually served in a basket of 3.
Have you ever wondered why?
Anyway, my girlfriend said Petrus used to served better tasting CSB.
Well, perhaps it was an “off” day or perhaps there was a change in chef.
I would prefer the bao to be stuffed more generously with bbq pork filling.
It could also do with lesser salt and sugar.

凤爪 - Phonenix Talons.<br />Whatever fancy name one calls it, they are still braised chicken feet in black bean sauce.<br />The marinated chicken feet are first deep-fried till golden brown.<br />They are then plunged into icy water for a couple of hours until wrinkly and puffed.<br />Afterwards, the feet are stewed with seasoned sauce and kept in hot steamers till ready for serving. Slightly on the salty side but I liked the texture.

凤爪 – Phonenix Talons.
Whatever fancy name one calls it, they are still braised chicken feet in black bean sauce.
The marinated chicken feet are first deep-fried till golden brown.
They are then plunged into icy water for a couple of hours until wrinkly and puffed.
Afterwards, the feet are stewed with seasoned sauce and kept in hot steamers till ready for serving.
Slightly on the salty side but I liked the texture.

萝卜糕 - Radish Cake.<br />It is also written as Turnip Cake in menu, sometimes.<br />A tad too oily. No shreds or chunks of turnips or radish but is it fair that I am comparing this to the one I had from Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck Singapore?

萝卜糕 – Radish Cake.
It is also written as Turnip Cake in menu, sometimes.
A tad too oily.
No shreds or chunks of turnips or radish but is it fair that I am comparing this to the one I had from Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck Singapore?

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Mustard and Guilin Chilli Sauce. Common dipping sauces found in Macau Chinese restaurants.

Mustard and Guilin Chilli Sauce.
Common dipping sauces found in Macau Chinese restaurants.

Spring Rolls filled with mashed Yam. Not a common item and didn't make an impact on me.

Spring Rolls filled with mashed Yam.
Not a common item and didn’t make an impact on me.

Century Egg Porridge. Not memorable. In fact, I had forgotten I had this until I was reviewing my post.

Century Egg Porridge.
Not memorable. In fact, I had forgotten I had this until I was reviewing my post.

Pork Trotter Vinegar Japanese Style. Fanciful name but the trotters were tough and unsavoury. Not recommended.

Pork Trotter Vinegar Japanese Style.
Fanciful name but the trotters were tough and unsavoury.
Not recommended.

豆鼓排骨 - Steamed Pork Ribs.<br />Dim Sum styled pork ribs are cut into bite sizes.<br />After all, dim sum is supposedly a meal of dainty dishes. Smooth in texture and succulent in taste. Not meaty enough though.

豆鼓排骨 – Steamed Pork Ribs.
Dim Sum styled pork ribs are cut into bite sizes.
After all, dim sum is supposedly a meal of dainty dishes.
Smooth in texture and succulent in taste. Not meaty enough though.

烧卖 (Shaomai in Mandarin or Siumai in Cantonese) is steamed dumpling; wanton skin wrapped with minced pork.<br />The orange stuff atop the dumplings is "supposedly" crab roe.<br />(I have eaten crabs and love both male and female roe but have never really seen beady-looking roe from crabs).<br />Meat filling was firm and tasty but not outstanding.

烧卖 (Shaomai in Mandarin or Siumai in Cantonese) is steamed dumpling; wanton skin wrapped with minced pork.
The orange stuff atop the dumplings is “supposedly” crab roe.
(I have eaten crabs and love both male and female roe but have never really seen beady-looking roe from crabs).
Meat filling was firm and tasty but not outstanding.

虾饺 (Xiajiao in Mandarin or Har Gow in Cantonese) is whole small or chunky shrimp dumplings.<br />The dough is slightly translucent due to the use of wheaten starch.<br />This item could score higher if the skin was thinner.

虾饺 (Xiajiao in Mandarin or Har Gow in Cantonese) is whole small or chunky shrimp dumplings.
The dough is slightly translucent due to the use of wheaten starch.
This item could score higher if the skin was thinner.

鹹水角 (Xian Shui Jiao in Mandarin or Ham Sui Kok in Cantonese) loosely translated as salt-water dumpling is deep fried oval shaped savoury dumpling made with sticky rice flour.

鹹水角 (Xian Shui Jiao in Mandarin or Ham Sui Kok in Cantonese) loosely translated as salt-water dumpling is deep fried oval shaped savoury dumpling made with sticky rice flour.

The glutinous rice flour dough is sweet and sticky, while the savoury filling made of bbq pork and vegetables is slightly salty.<br />I liked this and had 2 out of the 3 pieces served.

The glutinous rice flour dough is sweet and sticky, while the savoury filling made of bbq pork and vegetables is slightly salty.
I liked this and had 2 out of the 3 pieces served.

上海小籠包 (Shanghai Xiao Loong Bao in Mandarin or Seong Hoi Siu Loong Bau in Cantonese) originated from Shanghai and thus is not considered traditional Cantonese Dim Sum.<br />However, they are very popular these days and became a staple item in the  Dim Sum menu.<br />These dumplings are famous for their rich broth inside and are typically sold with pork as a filling.

上海小籠包 (Shanghai Xiao Loong Bao in Mandarin or Seong Hoi Siu Loong Bau in Cantonese) originated from Shanghai and thus is not considered traditional Cantonese Dim Sum.
However, they are very popular these days and became a staple item in the  Dim Sum menu.
These dumplings are famous for their rich broth inside and are typically sold with pork as a filling.

牛肉丸 or 牛肉球 (Niu Rou Wan in Mandarin or Ngau Yuk Yuen or Ngau Yuk Kow in Cantonese) means Steamed Beef Balls.

牛肉丸 or 牛肉球 (Niu Rou Wan in Mandarin or Ngau Yuk Yuen or Ngau Yuk Kow in Cantonese) means Steamed Beef Balls.

菜心 (Caixin in Mandarin or Choy Sum in Cantonese) is Mustard Greens. This Hong Kong version of Mustard Greens is very different from the types we eat in Singapore where the stems are smaller and longer than the HK version.

菜心 (Caixin in Mandarin or Choy Sum in Cantonese) is Mustard Greens.
This Hong Kong version of Mustard Greens is very different from the types we eat in Singapore where the stems are smaller and longer than the HK version.
The vegetable was overcooked. I found them too soft for my liking.

豆苗 (Doumiao in Mandarin or Daomiu in Cantonese) is pea shoots. There are different variants and this was the bigger breed.

豆苗 (Doumiao in Mandarin or Daomiu in Cantonese) is pea shoots.
There are different variants and this was the bigger breed.
The vegetable retained its crunch and tasted much better than the mustard greens above.

I ended all three meals with Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee.<br />The brew here was very good. I liked it better than the one I had from Café Chéri.

I ended all three meals with Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee.
The brew here was very good. I liked it better than the one I had from Café Chéri.

Dim Sum meal is highly recommended when you are in a hurry and want tasting portions of many variety at one go. Dim Sum meal is also recommended when you have plenty of time and want to Yum Cha and catch up with buddies. This was my last meal in Macau before heading off to the airport. I wasn't in a hurry nor did I have plenty of time. My lunch appointment was 1.30pm and I left the restaurant at 2.45pm.

Dim Sum meal is highly recommended when you are in a hurry and want tasting portions of many variety at one go.
Dim Sum meal is also recommended when you have plenty of time and want to Yum Cha and catch up with buddies.
This was my last meal in Macau before heading off to the airport.
I wasn’t in a hurry nor did I have plenty of time.
My lunch appointment was 1.30pm and I left the restaurant at 2.45pm.

Macau is a city that never sleeps. There’s plenty of activities both day and night to keep one busy. Shopping and eating are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week…

I have had *delivery service from this restaurant almost nightly (clubbing food) and together with these three dim sum lunch experiences, I found the kitchen to be inconsistent. There were times when the food was very well executed and then there were times where the food was just ordinary. The service, however, was commendable. After all, Macau is patronised by high rollers who demand fast and efficient service. Everyone is always rushing off to something more exciting.

Petrus Restaurant 碧翠轩餐厅 (Level 5 / 5楼)
The Landmark Hotel Macau.
Address: No.555 Avenida da Amizade,
Macau.
地址:友谊大马路, 555号.

Tel/电话: (853) 8795 6280

Operating hours: Daily
24 hours

Their specialty/招牌菜: Wagyu Beef Noodles 巧手和牛粒、Steamed Wild Garoupa 清蒸野生海斑鱼、Dongdu Chicken 栋笃鸡、Shark’s Bone Soup with Sharks fin 鲨鱼骨浓汤鸡煲翅.

Happy eating 🙂

*The food from their delivery service I had were Duck’s Tongue, Braised Duck Wings and Tofu, Crispy Egg Noodles with Shredded Pork, Water-cooked Fish with Glass Noodles and Soybean Sprouts, Chilli Fish Balls, Deep-fried Enoki Mushrooms, White Chicken with Lai Fun, Braised Beef Tendons, etc… etc… These were tasty dishes (most of the time, again inconsistent) but I have not seen the photos to decide if they will make it into my future post as the photos were taken in a club with very low lighting.

P.S. The inconsistency of the food could stem from the restaurant operating 24 hours with different chefs on shift duty. I guess it’s a lucky draw which chef was preparing the food for us 😉

If you must know, yes! I will eat supper from this restaurant again when I go clubbing in Macau.

Note: I am not a nutritionist, dietician or doctor. Please do your own due diligence about food’s nutrition and its benefits.

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