When I got news that it was going to be the Grand Lisboa, I thought to myself "oh boy, here we go...". Apart from being in the heart of the city, and not having to battle for the shortage of taxis in the city now teeming with visitors from its new motherland since 1999, the hotel is not the most pleasant to stay at unless you are a fan of wading through crowds taking photos in the public areas of the hotel, which are decked with some museum-worthy sculptures and other feng-shui pieces.
|Room with a view|
|"Dan Dan" Noodles with Minced Pork and Peanuts Paste in Chilli Sauce|
Dinner was a 10 minute walk from the hotel at 陶陶居海鮮火鍋酒家. A re-decked but old world restaurant serving traditional Cantonese seafood dishes. Decent food but the MSG attack afterwards which lasted a night didn't seem worth it unless you are accustomed to or do not react to MSG.
|Fresh Water Crab Congee|
|Fresh French Beurre|
|French mussels in white wine and cream|
|Caramelized upper guinea fowl thigh with pan fried foie gras and marinated cherry|
If you can leave aside a rough ride from the ferry terminal, and battling the crowds who can get rowdy, the one-night staycation at the Grand Lisboa wasn't too miserable. Especially since the F&B within the hotel more than makes up for everything else. I might just brave it again if I scored another reservation at the Robuchon au Dome.
|Avenida de Lisboa|