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More Good Food in Macau

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

After all those feasts in Hong Kong, the FoodLover had more good food in Macau.

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Estb de Comida Portuguesea Porto Exterior 新口岸葡國餐

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

I joined Vincent and Franky for a Portuguese lunch at the nearby Estb de Comida Portuguesea Porto Exterior 新口岸葡國餐. We all drank Red Wine Punch instead of Red Wine because I was not fit to consume alcohol. Grilled Beef Spareribs were as good as usual; I took a small piece of that. I did finish half of the Barbecue Fresh Chicken which was tender with crispy skin. Poached Cabbage is something we always have when we dine at Portuguese restaurants in Macau; very healthy and delicious. Vincent and Franky also had Eel and Grilled fish which I didn’t touch.

Porto Exterior is a good proven neighborhood restaurant you will not regret visiting.

Estb de Comida Portuguesea Porto Exterior 新口岸葡國餐
Edf. Chong Yu, 606G – 606K Alameda Dr. Carlos d’Assumpcao, Porto Exterior, Macau
電話: +853-2873-0276/2870-3898

Authentic Portuguese Baked Chicken

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Mrs. FoodLover’s Baked Chicken Portuguese Style is the best I’ve ever had – and I’ve had many different varieties of this dish before. Ingredients are simple: chicken, potatoes, carrots, shallot, green and red peppers, onions, curry gravy and coconut milk. The spiciness is perfect for my taste; the sauce goes well with rice. Will finish the leftover tomorrow with a loaf of French bread.

The Captain Invited Us to Dinner in a Boat – A Lorcha 船屋葡國餐廳

Monday, November 29th, 2010

A few old-time schoolmates came to Macau to have lunch with the Food Lover’s brother. After that, Captain Yeung was so kind to invite us to an authentic Macau-style Portuguese dinner at the local favorite A Lorcha 船屋葡國餐廳. At the dinner were also a few of Captain Yeung’s friends.

It was another one of those joyful dinners that I enjoyed very much. The food was excellent too. At the end, Mrs. Yu beat the captain by paying the bill when we were still eating and drinking. Thank you very much.

Next time when you visit Macau, call ahead to reserve a table at this nice little restaurant and you won’t be disappointed. It is located near the A-Ma Temple 媽閣廟.

A Lorcha 船屋葡國餐廳
電話: +853-2831-3195

Family Style Restaurant – Café Flor Bela 雅麗娜葡式茶餐廳

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

I visited the Temple of Kun Iam (觀音堂) last Thursday and noticed a small Portuguese restaurant nearby; there were half a dozen news clippings on the window indicating that it was a well known “family style Portuguese restaurant”. I couldn’t try it then because it doesn’t open on Thursdays.

Today I got there at 1pm and was the first customer. There were four small table on the ground floor; I sat down at the one next to the refrigerator. A middle-age Portuguese woman who looked like the owner handed me the menu and asked what I wanted in Cantonese. I asked her what was good and she recommended clams with fish fillet which happened to be one of the two choices in the set lunch of the day (mop 35). I took her recommendation and added a glass of house white wine (mop 20).

This “owner” gave me a plate with a fork and spoon on it. She then sat down at another table. I thought she forgot about my wine and reminded her of that; she told me somebody else would bring me the wine. Nothing happened for five minutes and she went upstairs. When she returned in a couple of minutes with a plate of food in her hand, I thought she made a mistake – instead of clams and fish fillet, that was spaghetti with pork. Before I had a chance to tell her of the mistake, she sat down at the other table and started eating. I was the one who was wrong – that was HER food, not mine.

At that time, a younger woman came in and started working. She got me a bowl of soup included in the set lunch. I knew she was not Portuguese when the “owner” started speaking to her in English. She also went upstairs quickly and brought me my wine and clam and fish fillet.

While I was happily enjoying my lunch, a young man came in, sat down at another table and started chatting with the “owner” about food, family, job and life. Then a young lady came to join him. The “owner” knew her too. This kind of interaction was what “family style” was all about.

My clam dish was actually pretty tasty even though the portion was kind of small. Well, you couldn’t complain much about a mop-35 set lunch.

There was one big hole in this “family style” fiction though. When was the last time you saw the “mom” of a family eating by herself while the kids waiting with empty stomachs?

Café Flor Bela 雅麗娜葡式茶餐廳
電話: (853)2853 5239

Another Good Portuguese Restaurant – Restaurante Vinha 葡萄園餐廳

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

I had passed by Vinha 葡萄園 so many times and only had a chance to try it today. When I arrived at 1:30pm, the place was still pretty full. Fortunately, a party by the window just left and two waitresses were quick to set up the table for me.

Decoration of this restaurant is nice with a lot of space between tables. Like most restaurants in the business district, Vinha has a variety of set lunches. I picked the one with fried rice (mop 76) and a glass of house white wine.

The Ox-Tail soup had rich flavor but not too salty. The Fried Rice with Norwegian Salmon Crab Eggs & XO Sauce was nicely prepared. I never knew salmon could work so well with crab eggs before.

Will come back fo dinner to try its famous Roast Pork Fried Rice next time.

Restaurante Vinha 葡萄園餐廳
電話: (853) 2875 2599

Restaurante Carlos 加路餐廳

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

I did not have lunch today and went out to have an early dinner. Lucky that I arrived Restaurante Carlos 加路餐廳 at 6pm when they opened for dinner; this little restaurant was fully booked on this Tuesday and could only spare me a table knowing that I would be gone by 7pm.

You don’t need to order soup at Carlos; As soon as I sat down, the waitress served a bowl of vegetable soup with a warm and crispy dinner roll. I wanted Sangria but it was only available in mop140 pitchers; I got a small jar of house white wine (mop 25) instead.

The Pan-fried Prime Ribs I had was very tasty; the sauce went all the way inside the tender prime rib. The atmosphere in this restaurant was very comfortable. Servers moved swiftly yet friendly. Carlos walked around chatting with customers and giving recommendation. He would ask the servers to tend to customers whenever necessary – kind of like a captain in command.

This is another Portuguese restaurant I strongly recommend. Make sure you call to reserve a table.

Restaurante Carlos 加路餐廳
電話: (853)2875 1838

A few days after this dinner, I would have dinner there again with Lincoln and Maggie before going to enjoy the show of the legendary Connie Chan 陳寶珠. We would have the delicious Braised Seafood and Perch that was strongly recommended by Carlos.

I Never Promised You A Rose Garden 玫瑰園

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

There’s gotta be a little rain sometimes.

It was raining again so I didn’t want to walk too far to have dinner. Cafe Rose Garden 玫瑰園 was only two blocks from the hotel.

I wanted to have wine with dinner but they didn’t offer anything by the glass; only Mateus Rose was available in half bottle. It’s not a bad wine; I had many bottles of that in my college days.

The Ox-Tail soup was good with a warm and fresh dinner roll 豬仔飽. Paying attention to the bread is typical of restaurants in Macau. The Portuguese Baked Chicken was also very delicious. Instead of rice, I had two more dinner rolls to go with that.

A good solid Portuguese restaurant with good food and service.

If you know the relationship between the title and the first paragraph of this post, you are not young!

Cafe Rose Garden 玫瑰園
電話: (853)2870 1901

Macau Restaurant in Macau 澳門茶餐廳

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

I have tried the Macau Restaurants in Shanghai and Hong Kong  but not yet visited the original one in Macau. Today, I went there for a late lunch with Vincent and Stella.

At 1:30pm, we didn’t have problem finding a table. Vincent ordered his rice plate and a roasted baby pigeon to share. I had the Portuguese Baked Chicken with Rice.

The baby pigeon was indeed very young – that was the smallest pigeon I had ever had – but not as crispy as I liked. I had  better pigeons before in China.

The Portuguese Baked Chicken was cooked with tomato, onion, olive, potatoes and Portuguese sausages. The sauce with heavy flavor of coconut milk made this dish especially appetizing.  This Portuguese Baked Chicken was authentic and as good as those anywhere else.

Not a bad place for a quick meal.

Macau Restaurant 澳門茶餐廳
電話: (853)2871 5728

Porto Exterior in Porto Exterior 新口岸葡國餐

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

My other favorite Macau style Portuguese restaurant is Porto Exterior 新口岸葡國餐 in the Porto Exterior area. I had lunch there with my mother today; it’s only one block from Rio Hotel where I am staying this time. At 1 pm, the place was only half full and we sat down at a table by the window.

I had been eating so much meat on this trip and only ordered something light. Grilled Sardines were fresh and crispy. The fried rice looked and smelt good but I didn’t try it; I wanted to leave room in the stomach for the cabbage. I needed more vegetable.

The sauce of the Ox-trip pot was delicious; instead of mixing it with rice, I used the soft and crispy roll to absorb the sauce.

A nice good lunch at reasonable price in a convenient place.

Porto Exterior in Porto Exterior 新口岸葡國餐
電話: (853)2873 0276、2870 3898