Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Xin, Sheraton Macau Hotel, Cotai Central, Macau


Xin at Cotai Central
Xin Dining Room and Buffet Area
Xin, Sheraton Macau Hotel, Cotai Central 
by Kristin Cosgrove

Hot Pot, Xin at Cotai Central
Hot Pot
The first visit I made to Xin, Sheraton Macau’s Asian restaurant, it was a spectacle celebrating the opening of the Sheraton Macau Hotel. An amazing quartet of women performing on traditional Chinese instruments serenaded us and a talented performer adept in the art of Chinese face-changing, or "biàn liǎn," enthralled. The restaurant, housed nearby in the connected Shoppes at Cotai Central, has been open for a few months and looks to be enjoying a brisk business. 

Iberico Pork at Xin, Sheraton Macau Hotel, Cotai Central
Iberico Pork at Xin
The food at Xin was very tasty. I sampled the “rich” cut iberico pork char sui, which mouth-wateringly good, tender and juicy with every bite. I also enjoyed the roast duck and mandarin with betel leaves.  The crunch of the leaves mixed with the sweet, spicy and moist duck for a rich and textured experience. I have to give special mention of the beverage, a fantastic blend of mango juice, lychee puree, grapefruit juice and soda called Oriental Pearl. During my next visit I was sure to sample more drinks, including the Saipan Island, a mixture of crushed lychees, strawberry juice, passion fruit syrup, cranberry and apple juice. Delicious! I added black pearls (tapioca) to my drink - other options include grass jellies or aloe vera. 

Xin at Cotai Central
Hot Pot Heaven
My later visit confirmed that dinner at Xin was gratifying even without the entertainment. My large party of 12 gathered for the interactive hot pot experience at Xin, its specialty. The broth was ordered and poured. I chose the Sichuan broth, though my Chinese friends warned that my choice would be too spicy for my sensitive western palette; we were all surprised it was actually only moderately so, but very delicious. I sampled a friend’s traditional herbal Chinese broth – also very nice. 

The buffet for the hot pot ingredients included an impressive array of very fresh seafood like abalone, clams, oysters, mussels and more, along with raw and precooked meats. I enjoyed the pre-cooked sausage and the choices of already mixed dishes including a tasty roasted sweet potato dish, braised beef cheeks and several chicken and vegetable combinations. 

Service at Xin was generally good; our broth was kept topped up, and requests were immediately attended to. Drinks were a bit slow, and alcohol content was questioned (the mojitos were very watery), but complaints were rectified quickly with a friendly attitude. 

Saipan Island juice drink at Xin
Juice Drinks at Xin
The atmosphere of Xin is muted, blending with the rest of the Sheraton design aesthetic, which I find rather corporate and businesslike for a fun night out. I think rather it was the steam of the hot pots and the liveliness of the company that really gave Xin its self-described “festive” atmosphere. But the food is good and overall experience left me wanting to come back for more.

Xin is open from Noon - 10:30pm.  

Reason to Visit: Fresh seafood hot pot buffet, central location, yummy signature juice drinks.

Xin
Level One, Shoppes at Cotai Central
Cotai Strip Taipa, Macau S.A.R.
Phone: +853 8113 1200
Website: CLICK HERE

10 comments:

  1. ooo you didn't take the seafood pictures..

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    1. Monica wasn't there to take pictures unfortunately and photography is not my strong suit yet. But trust me, the seafood was BEAUTIFUL!

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  2. abalone, clams, oysters, mussels and more! i'd be in heaven at this seafood haven :D

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  3. Too bad I'm in Malaysia! I'd really wanna watch Chinese face-changing performance while enjoying their dishes!

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    1. They also had some fantastic opera singers at the other Sheraton restaurant, Bene, during the opening celebrations. They were amazing and made the dining experience that much better.

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  4. More posts from Sheraton? I love Iberico Pork! Fell in love with it the last time I tried it :)

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    1. Do you have any good places in KL where you like to order it?

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  5. The Iberico pork must be good but I don't like Hot Pot. Looks like a good hotel.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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    1. They had lots of other dishes on the menu, too. I think I'd go back just for the drinks!

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  6. Mmmmm, I do enjoy a good hot pot.

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