What once used to be a tobacco factory building now became home to this unusual restaurant that serves both delectable Asian specialties prepared by an authentic Chinese chef and stepped-up European menu. It’s hard to surprise Rostov locals with fresh fish, there is plenty of locally sourced fish being served everywhere, but the selection of live seafood from around the world at Makao is astounding. Choose between scallops and king crab from the Russian Far East, Pacific mussels, wild oysters from Japan or the Mediterranean. The chef’s thoughtful and creative take on Panasian fusion cuisine will delight the most spoiled connoisseurs. The European menu is also very inventive with occasional hints and tricks from a traditional Asian menu — as one would expect in a fusion restaurant. Consider the tempura and simmered veal tongue duet with baked potatoes, or tuna fillet with leeks and truffle tofu sauce.
The designer interior deserves a special mention: an abundance of colors and different furniture styles could have easily become overwhelming, but all the details work together perfectly, creating a coherent and sophisticated atmosphere. Variously colored and textured walls, with beautiful fabrics and vintage furniture details, Makao is a lovely combination of excellent food and an enchanting visual experience. There’s live music Friday through Sunday evenings to supplement the all-pervading harmony.
Mon-Thu 11 AM – 12 AM
Fri 11 AM – 2 AM
Sat 12 PM – 2 AM
Sun 12 PM – 12 AM
Kamchatka crab ≈$11/100g.
Crunchy shrimp wontons ≈$14
Scallops tempura with pureed pear and vegetables ≈$14