‘Essence of Asia’ selection by Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants

IFTM Educational Restaurant featured in the inaugural ‘Essence of Asia’ selection by Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants

The Educational Restaurant at the Macao Institute for Tourism Studies (IFTM) has been selected for the first-ever “Essence of Asia”, a collection of eateries that represent the “spirit of Asian gastronomy”. The list, announced earlier this month, has been compiled as part of the prestigious Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants initiative.

Essence of Asia highlights restaurants that, according to the initiative’s organisers, have a positive impact on the culture, communities and cuisines in their locality. The featured eateries are listed without ranking.

The Educational Restaurant is praised as an “upholder of culinary traditions and champion of sustainable dining”, offering dishes that draw on Macao’s ‘East meets West’ heritage. The Restaurant – and IFTM as a whole – “set the standard for hospitality training in the region,” say the initiative’s organisers.

The creation of the Essence of Asia collection was based on recommendations from experts, including chefs at venues ranked within the Asia's 50 Best Restaurants list. The inaugural Essence of Asia listing comprises establishments in 49 cities across 20 countries and regions.

Inclusion in the Essence of Asia collection is the latest honour to be received by the Educational Restaurant. In January, it became the first Macao establishment to be awarded a Michelin Green Star for commitment to sustainable gastronomy. The recognition was featured in the 2021 edition of the Michelin Guide Hong Kong Macau on fine dining.

The Educational Restaurant is a training unit of IFTM and is located on the Institute’s Mong-Há Campus. The Educational Restaurant offers students a practical education setting. Undergraduates, coached and supervised by the Restaurant’s professional staff, can acquire valuable experience of working in a real operations environment.

By Public Relations Team

Macao Institute for Tourism Studies


IFTM Educational Restaurant retains Bib Gourmand status from Michelin Guide

Since 2013 IFTM Educational Restaurant, has been awarded with Bib Gourmand on Michelin Guide Hong Kong Macau.

Being part of the Institute for Tourism Studies means that while the head chef is a professional, some of his brigade and front of house team are students – and the pride they have in their work is palpable. The menu is a mix of European and Macanese dishes – presented in a modern style using herbs from their own garden. There’s even the occasional Scandinavian touch (they cure their own salmon).

By MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View

Michelin Green Star Hong Kong/Macau 2021

The restaurant was set up as an educational training unit to sustain the development of Macau’s hospitality industry. In the kitchen, we try to minimize food scraps both in teaching and cooking. Food waste is converted into fertiliser by a food decomposer, and then used to grow herbs and greens in our garden, which employs crop rotation and biological pest control. We are committed to reducing energy and resource consumption by using a diverse approach involving a solar energy system, paperless policy, and infra-red sensors for electrical appliances.

By MICHELIN Guide’s - The chef's commitment

Certificate of Excellence

The IFTM Educational Restaurant as been awarded with the Certificate of Excellence since 2012

DianPing - Customer Review Awards

IFTM Educational Restaurant is awarded in 2018 and 2019 By DianPing

Ctrip Gourmet List - Top Restaurants for Chinese Travelers

Ctrip Gourmet List 2017 & Ctrip Gourmet List 2018

Gold Star Winner - Star Wine List of the Year 2020

Special Jury Prize Hong Kong/Macau 2020 & Short Wine List of the Year Hong Kong/Macau 2020