HAD enough of insipid sweet and sour and unimaginative fried rice? Well now there is an alternative on the Costa del Sol.
I popped along to try Mao at Riviera del Sol having heard nothing but good things since it opened on April 9 – and I was not to be disappointed.
The good vibes started the moment I walked through the door – it is part of the Max Beach complex – and was greeted by manager Ignacio. Heading up a young and friendly team he kept a watchful eye over proceedings. Not that he needed to – the service was excellent. The well trained waiters were knowledgeable about the food – just as well as I did not recognise many of the dishes created by the talented chefs brigade.
But with a little guidance, we selected a meal that did not disappoint. Head chef Patrice Godino has brought all his French flair to bear in composing a series of stunning dishes.
He has spent years in the Far East and fused techniques and ingredients from all over the region to give the Chinese dishes a twist.
Roasted meat is among the stars on the menu, with the Royal Mao Chinese Barbeque looking particularly attractive: half a crispy duck, half a Special Cantonese Chicken and Char Siu Pork, all served with pancakes…