Naam Thai Restaurant Grand Lapa Resort Macau 灆泰國菜餐廳
The plane landed in Macau on time but we were stranded at the airport. The weather was terribly bad with the typhoon looming. All ground personnel at the runway were recalled to safety inside the terminal buildings. My fellow passengers were frantically whipping out their handphones rescheduling appointments, instructing hotel drivers or advising family members that they would have to wait till we were cleared to leave the aircraft. After about 45 minutes to an hour, we were allowed to disembark.
I dropped off my luggage at the hotel and had a quick freshen-up before joining my friends for dinner at Naam Thai Restaurant Grand Lapa Resort Macau 灆泰國菜餐廳.
“Overlooking beautifully landscaped swimming pool and lush tropical gardens, NAAM enjoys an idyllically peaceful setting in which to serve the magnificent tastes of authentic Thai cooking.
Using only the freshest produce and finest herbs and spices, our experienced culinary team presents an array of enticing dishes for lunch and dinner with a special Thai Bento set lunch available on weekdays.
Named after the Thai word for water, NAAM’s design is based around a stunning central pond and glass panel walls that create a relaxed, contemporary feel.” – Grand Lapa Macau
My HK friends insisted the dishes were better tasting when Naam was under the management of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, and although I could not compare (this is my first visit to Naam) I do agree with them that not every dish was good.
It is hard to identify which item I liked best but from the Sampler of Appetisers, I enjoyed the crispy Deep-fried Vegetable Spring Roll, tender Mixed Satay and succulent Shrimp Cakes. The Pandan Chicken, however, was uninspired and dry.
The Fish Cakes and Tom Yam Soup were ordinary but the lightly spiced and refreshing Pomelo Salad compensated immediately.
While the crab was fresh, the yellow curry was diluted and dull.
Pineapple Rice had nothing to shout about. My favour was with the Green Curry Chicken and plain rice.
I thought the Grilled Pork Neck was tasty and tender but my girlfriend did not appreciate it as much.
The Grilled Beef Salad was a tad stringy and hence tough.
The Massaman Curry Beef was tender and would have garnered my complete vote had the garlic not been raw.
8 of us adored the fragrant Phad Graprow and crunchy stir-fried Kale with Salted Fish.
The Pork Leg in Soya Sauce was uninteresting and there was more than enough left over of it for us to dabao (take-away) back as supper.
The Mango was sweet and the two types of Sweet Sticky Rice added a nice tender yet chewy texture to the dessert.
We wanted fish and duck in red curry but those and a few more items were not available. In the end, Naam had failed to impress most of the diners at our table.
Naam Thai Restaurant Macau 灆泰國菜餐廳
Grand LAPA Macau.
956-1110 Avenida da Amizade,
Opening hours: (Closed on Mondays)
Lunch: 12 – 2:30pm (Tue – Sun)
Dinner: 6.30pm – 10.30pm (Tue – Sun)
Tel: (+853) 8793 4818
Date visited: 17th July 2014
Happy eating 🙂
P.S. I made 2 trips to Macau in July 2014 (4th-7th and 17th-22nd). MOP is Macau currency.