5 Delicious Must-Visit Restaurants
By Rupali Dean
Located close to the famed A-Ma Temple, A Lorcha is hands down the best Portuguese restaurant in Macao and is steeped in history. The setting is charming and lets your soul breathe. Simplicity and balance are the buzzwords of this wonderful space, enriched by honest to goodness flavours and fresh picked produce. The food menu is planned as a bonafide dining out option celebrating flavours and styles interpreted in an original way and never overlooking that good produce is at the core of the finest food.
MUST TRY: Codfish in cream sauce and African Chicken and saw dust pudding
CALL: + (853) 2831 3193 or + (853) 2831 3195
WHERE: Av. Almirante Sergio, no. 289 AA, G/F
Located in Taipa Village, Antonio couldn’t be more diverse from the swanky Cotai Strip and interestingly it’s only a stone’s throw away from the hullabaloo nightlife. The restaurant is comfortable and charming, ornamented with yellow, blue and white tiles and Portuguese-style paintings. The chef is 60 something and Portuguese with widespread gastronomic experience. The wine list is to write home about as are his signature Portuguese Duck rice and smoked ham.
MUST TRY: Seafood rice, Macanese chicken curry, chourico Assado and crepe suzettes
CALL: + (853) 2899 9998
WHERE: Rua dos Clerigos No. 7, Old Taipa Village, Taipa
A quaint place with an old-world charm from its colonial days with a menu that hasn’t really changed over the years. The African Chicken is tender prepared with the accurate amount of spices and oxtail soup remnants, rich and flavourful. Portuguese rice is cooked with tomatoes and capped with sausage and bacon slices, and of course the famed Macau Sole is still as delightful as ever. It’s this perspective on Macanese food that makes the meal a gastronome’s delight and is indeed a unique marriage of gorgeous ingredients and techniques with the flavours and traditions of Macao.
MUST TRY: Chicken liver Pipis, Pork Balachan and Mango pudding
CALL: +853 2896 7878
WHERE: 261 R. do Alm. Sergio,
It lies in quaint and quiet historical Coloane and also represents the Portuguese culture. Grab a table on the 2nd floor balcony and relish the brilliant blistering garlic shrimp and Macau’s classic dish, African chicken. Everything on the menu is worth trying. End on a sweet note with a flan or simply dig into some delicious egg tarts.
MUST TRY: Cod fish croquettes, Grilled Sardines and Egg tarts
CALL: +853 2888 2226
WHERE: 8 R. das Gaivotas
One thing about the tallest tower in the city is that it’s not too hard to find! A floor below the bungee jumping balcony and several floors upstairs from the main observation deck, it is just amazing to see people jump, while appreciating your meal. The restaurant offers more than just a spectacular view, the buffet spreads offers a lot of variety and is delicious to boot.
MUST TRY: The Macanese buffet spread
CALL: +853 8988 8622
WHERE: Largo da Torre de Macau