This article first appeared in the May 2017 issue of WGM.
Located just off the main gaming floor at Wynn Macau, Chinese restaurant Red 8 offers guests quality food with convenience.
Some of Macau’s best restaurants can be found right alongside its main gaming floors. Open 24/7, they not only serve great food at very reasonable prices but also allow for a quick bite to eat without having to spend too long away from the baccarat tables. One of the finest examples of this is Red 8 at Wynn Macau – a restaurant so popular the company last year opened a second location at Cotai’s Wynn Palace.
At Red 8 guests can’t book, which is why you’ll often see a long line of people at the front entrance. Despite this, service is swift and diners rarely waste any time devouring their meal so you’ll never have to wait too long to be seated.
The décor is both attractive and unique. Roger Thomas, Wynn Macau SVP of Design, loves to surprise in this regard. And while the location alongside the gaming floor means there are no windows, an impressive show kitchen will keep guests entertained as seasoned chefs make noodles from scratch.
Dressed in bright red with magical, automated hand fans oscillating left and right on the ceiling above, Red 8 is not your typical high-volume restaurant. Being part of the luxury Wynn brand, service standards and presentation remain of the highest order.
However, unlike Red 8 at Wynn Palace – which focuses more on Southern Chinese cuisine – at Wynn Macau there is a greater balance between north and south, allowing diners an immersive experience in traditional Chinese food. If you or one in your party happens to be vegetarian, all restaurants at Wynn also have a full vegetarian and vegan menu upon request.
One of our personal favorites is Peking Duck and unlike many Chinese restaurants, individual servings are available so you don’t have to order an entire duck. Either way, the duck is cooked to perfection – crispy and slightly sweet. It makes for a great starter and a perfect introduction to Northern Cuisine. Another dish that comes highly recommended is Fried rice noodles with beef. It is a traditional local dish, almost comfort food, and in our opinion among the best in town.
Red 8 also has a great value-for-money daily Dim Sum promotion, while the “Regional Asian Noodles” category includes a delicious Vietnamese Phở, a fresh Pan-fried pork neck with lemongrass in vermicelli soup and one of the best Ramen we’ve tried. The congee is also of premium quality.
As is the case with most Chinese restaurants, portions are large and designed to be shared. And, perhaps due to the restaurant’s high turnover, the food is always hot and fresh.
Whether you’re in the midst of a session at the tables or not, Red 8’s lively atmosphere and affordable prices make this one of the most satisfying Chinese restaurants in Macau.
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