Lobsters. I want Lobsters. My mind was swimming with steaming, freshly boiled, succulent lobsters. And incidentally, so were the buffet tables at Belcancao Restaurant. Yes, there were an abundance of other dishes around, but what I’m really craving for are lobsters! Lobsters!!!
|NOODLE AND DIMSUM BASKETS AT BELCANCAO RESTAURANT|
Walking aimlessly across Macau’s UNESCO World Heritage Site and its sprawling side-streets can take its toll on you, especially if your in Scrooge-mode, hardly buying any food to save up for beer later. And so it was that one afternoon, after such a jaunt, we headed to the Cotai Strip from Metropole Hotel, our lodging of choice in Macau, to watch the acclaimed House of Dancing Water.
But before that, a luscious dinner awaited us.
|MACAU’S AMIZADE BRIDGE|
|SAI VAN BRIDGE|
Availing of the free bus rides the gargantuan casinos offer in Macau, we watched the sun paint the skies in pastels as our bus smoothly crossed the Governador Nobre de Carvalho Bridge across the waters of Baía da Praia Grande. I never thought this place can be beautiful, my impressions of the city being mostly of gaudy places to gamble in.
|ENTERING THE VENETIAN MACAO|
|THE FAMOUS SAN LUCA CANAL INSIDE VENETIAN MACAO|
|VENETIAN MACAO’S ORNATE HALLS|
Right as the sun settled below the horizon, we arrived at the famed Venetian Macao, a colossal building (the biggest in Asia, in fact) housing the tourist favourite, the indoor San Luca canal. Even with directions from the guard at the entrance, we promptly got lost inside its overstatedly elegant hallways, passing its faux Venice canals and with its almost life-like sky and taking a few snaps of the gondolas on the way while finding our way to our dinner buffet.
|BELCANCAO RESTAURANT’S INTERIORS|
|A MORE PRIVATE PART OF THE RESTAURANT|
|SHOULD YOU WISH TO DINE AL FRESCO|
Eventually, after taking a few more wrong turns, we found Belcancao, one of Four Seasons’ four restaurants. We were a bit fazed with the hotel’s dapper interiors, but even the backpackers that we are, we came prepared in snappy clothes. We don’t want our shabby everyday backpacking wardrobes to get in the way of a fine dinner.
|JAPANESE AND STEAK STATIONS|
Belcancao or Belçancão, if you wanna get uptight about it, means… Well, I really don’t know what it means, so does Google its seems, but it does sound expensive. But forget about the name, what really matters were the spread of mouth-watering dishes spread throughout its food stations; Japanese, Western, Asian, sweets, and yes, seafood. Loads of them.
|ONE PART OF THE BUFFET SPREAD|
As with all things too good to be true, there is a catch. We only have an hour to fulfil our food fantasies before we go running to the City of Dreams where the House of Dancing Water is being regularly run.
I was literally trying to curb my excitement into stuffing myself silly with food; I wanted to really savour each and every bite. But with three steaming lobsters with a butter dip staring you right in the face; it was so easy to fail miserably.
|CUSTOMIZED NOODLE SOUP|
|THE FAMED MACANESE EGG TARTS, AMAZINGLY GOOD|
But it was a good failure. I lost count of how many lobsters I’ve had while sneaking in a few bites of steaks, Macanese egg tarts, maki rolls, chocolate cakes, noodles, kebabs; everything consumed in no particular order. Gluttony is one of the seven deadly sins and I was guilty of it.
|ALA CARTE OFFERINGS|
|SMALLS PORTIONS FOR THE OTHER DISHES, BIG ONES FOR THE LOBSTERS|
Belcancao’s buffet is legendary in Macau and my tummy was a testament to its reputation. In fact, I was still dreaming of lobsters as we ran across Macau’s wide avenues, dapper suits, dresses and all, Belcancao’s sweet bounty all sloshing inside our bellies. Remind us not to book a show just an hour after a buffet feast next time.
~ BIG THANKS TO FOUR SEASONS HOTEL FOR HOSTING OUR DINNER
Belcancao Restaurant at Four Seasons
Address: Ground Floor, Four Seasons Hotel
Estrada da Baia de N. Senhora da Esperanca,
Cotai Strip, Taipa, Macau
Contact Number: (+853) 2881-8888
Open Hours: Breakfast 7:00AM to 11:00AM
Lunch 12:00PM to 2:30PM
Dinner 6:00PM to 10:00PM
GPS Coordinates Map: 22.146461, 113.562443