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Food Critics Max Jacobson and John Curtas
Food Critics Max Jacobson and John Curtas

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AIR DATE: October 6, 2010

Max Jacobson and John Curtas join us to check out the dining scene in Las Vegas.

Max talks about the state of fine dining in Macau with Joao Rodriguez from the Macau Tourist Office. How does it compare with Las Vegas? And should we head there at the first opportunity?

Then it's a visit with THIRTEEN-TIME James Beard Award winner Alan Richman, GQ Magazine's restaurant critic, who explains the concept of "ethical eating." How can we eat well through eating better? Alan isn't sure we can and he explains why not.
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    COMMENTS:
    There is no reason to head to Macau. Least of all for food.

    I spent a day there in June. After spending 10 days happily eating my way from street vendor to street vendor in Singapore and Hong Kong, I thought I would treat myself to lunch at Wynn Macau. What a mistake!

    I ordered a glass of wine, Chinese greens and dumplings - a pretty straightforward order, but one that the staff somehow managed to mess up.

    It took them 15 minutes to bring a glass of wine (they weren't used to people ordering white wine, I was told, so they had grabbed the wrong bottle from the wine cellar); another 15 to bring my greens, and the dumplings, well, they never appeared.

    Everything was off, from start to finish. I was appalled that a Wynn dining establishment could not fulfill even the most basic of orders during a time of day when the dining room was far from busy.

    I cancelled my order and high-tailed it to a hole in the wall dumpling joint in the old part of the City which was great.

    Long story short: Macau is the only place in the world I've ever travelled that left me completely underwhelmed.

    LynnSep 24, 2010 10:44:49 AM
    Lynn -

    I would argue that one day visit with a bad meal at Wynn Macau isn't a good representation of Macau's food scene. My wife and I lived there for 5 months and loved the food - of course being there that long gave us the chance to find all the hole-in-the-wall locations. This isn't much different than how we eat here, is it?

    JimSep 29, 2010 16:13:20 PM
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