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Tantalise your taste buds at Macau’s

Published:Thursday | August 24, 2017 | 8:00 AMKrysta Anderson
Christie's new creation, Johnny Apple, made with the one and only Johnny Walker.
Are you up for the real Macau?
Long Island Iced Tea at its tastiest.
Mixologist Jermaine Christie showing off his skills at the bar.
Succulent steak served with the vegetables of the day.
Mango barbeque pork chops with a side salad.
Macau's most popular dish -bacon loaded fries.
This classic cheeseburger is paired with chicken-loaded fries.
Friday the 13th is more than just a drink its an experience.
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It's after work on a Friday and you and the gang are looking to jump-start the weekend, birthday celebrations or a date night perhaps? No matter the situation or occasion, Macau's Gaming Lounge and Bar has you covered, and is eager to spice up your life with all things savoury and sweet.

Opened since November 11, 2011, Managing Director Matthew Chinn told Food they never considered themselves a restaurant, but rather a bar that happen to serve food. "When we finished construction of the gaming lounge, we realised we had this huge space upstairs and decided we would do a bar. We still see ourselves as mainly a bar, but people consider us to be a restaurant and many come just for the food.

Since then, he shares, business has been booming and he's still surprised that after six years, they still have an overwhelming crowd, especially on the weekends.

We visited the lounge, located off Dunrobin Avenue in Kingston recently, and with just one bite, were blown away by the rich flavours of their dishes.

From their popular bacon-loaded fries to the mango-barbecued pork chops with side salad; steak and vegetables of the day; and classic cheeseburger with wedges, their culinary variety definitely had us salivating for more.

"By far the most popular dishes are our loaded fries and jerked chicken pasta. And just two days ago our head chef was telling us how the pork chops are a big ticket! Our hardworking chefs have this uncanny way of being able to create amazing tasty dishes that are essentially comfort food," Chinn added.

Their quaint ambience provides a picturesque backdrop overlooking the city, as they invite you to dine under the stars. They have extended their seating arrangements semi indoors, so you could get closer to the well stocked bar.

Speaking of the bar, Chinn revealed that the real rum people, Appleton Estate is front and centre in almost all of their drink mixes. "We couldn't get away from them, even if we wanted to. This is a rum country and we have to give the people what they want."

Mixologist Jermaine Christie took us on a drinking journey, preparing not one, not two, but six signature Appleton-inspired cocktails. Their Long Island Iced Tea will totally hit the right spot, and Johnny Walker lovers can enjoy a classic with a creative twist, courtesy of Christie's original mix Johnny Apple. With a name like Friday the 13th, Christie warns that you proceed with caution when it comes to that mix and drink responsibly. Rum punch, anyone? This signature drink certainly packs the punch you're looking for to enjoy the rest of your night. Are you man or woman enough for the real Macau? Or do you prefer to live on the Mai Tai side of life?

What are you waiting for? Tantalise your taste buds at Macau's today. To sweeten the deal, Macau's has provided three recipes of their mixes for you to enjoy anytime.

 

Rum Punch

 

 

Ingredients

 

1/2oz Appleton Special

1/2oz J. Wray & Nephew

Splash of orange juice

Splash of pineapple juice

Splash of lime juice

Splash of strawberry syrup

Splash of bitters

 

Direction

 

Combine all ingredients and sip responsibly.

 

Johnnie Apple

 

 

Ingredients

 

2oz Johnnie Walker Black

1 1/2 Appleton VX

1/2 Amaretto Liqueur

1/2 clear syrup

1/2 triple sec

Splash of sour apple

Splash of lime juice

 

Directions

 

Combine all ingredients. Serve over ice. Garnish with cherries and apple slices. Drink responsibly.

 

Mai Tai

 

 

Ingredients

 

1 1/2oz Appleton VX

1/2oz J. Wray & Nephew

3/4 Amaretto Liqueur

3/4 triple sec

1 oz orange juice

Splash of simple syrup

Splash of lime juice

 

Direction

 

Combine all ingredients. Shake over ice until it is chilled. Serve and enjoy.

For more information, you can visit Macau's Gaming Lounge and Bar at 28 Lindsay Crescent in Kingston or follow their Facebook page, Macau Gaming Lounge and Bar.

 

krysta.anderson@gleanerjm.com