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It’s not in the city center, there is no air-conditioning, and you always have to wait for a table -- but it's all worth it for a taste of some of the best Portuguese food in Macau. Owner Fernando will seat you himself at this beach-side restaurant and recommend the cod fish, prawns, mussels, roast suckling pig, plus a glass of Portuguese wine. The vegetables are from the restaurant's garden and the bread is house-baked.
Hac Sa Beach, 9 Coloane, Macau +853 2888 2264 www.fernando-restaurant.com
2. A Lorcha
The colonial-style restaurant is small and cosy with an intimate ambiance. Regulars come for the char-grilled Portuguese chorizo, clams with tomato and herbs sauce, Galinha à Africana (African chicken), ox-tail stew, and excellent bread.
Rua Almirante Sergio 289, Barra, Macau tel +853 2831 3195
3. Shark's fin
There is no denying the adverse impact the hunt for shark's fin has on the ecosystem. Despite this, the soup is still considered a delicacy among many Chinese and part of the region's cultural heritage. Hong Kongers flock to Macau's seafood restaurants for excellently prepared shark’s fin soup at affordable prices. Queues form at Tim Fat for a taste of the shark's fin, divided into eight different classes from faux shark’s fin (MOP$20) to shark’s fin with sea cucumber and fish maw (MOP$260). Lai Kei Restaurant is also popular for the shark’s fin served with abalone in a rich, opaque chicken broth.
Tim Fat 添發碗仔翅美食, G/F, 18 Rua da Felicidade, Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro, Macau, tel +853 6650 8211
Lai Kei, 135-137 Rua Dos Mercadores, Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro, Macau, tel +853 2856 4440 / 2857 3117
(Editor's Note: A number of respondents have emailed and complained that our inclusion of restaurants that serve shark's fin soup is very questionable, especially in light of CNN's own reporting on the ecological impact associated with shark’s fin soup. We feel it is important to direct users to CNN's Planet in Peril report on shark's fin soup and also to the Hong Kong Shark Foundation for more information on the topic. We urge anyone contemplating consuming the dish to look at these and other resources. CNNGo will bear our user feedback and information in mind regarding any future posts about shark’s fin soup.)
4. Portuguese-style egg tarts
Macau's original Portuguese-style egg tarts are from Lord Stow's bakery, but we are rooting for Margaret's Cafe e Nata opened by Stow's ex-wife. The cafe's charming location in a back alley near the Lisboa makes it one of those secret places to hide away from the casino madness -- it's too bad that Margaret's has also become a bit of a tourist attraction.
G/F, 17A Rua Alm Costa Cabral R/C, Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro, Macau, tel +853 2871 0032
5. Café Tai Lei
If you plan on getting Tai Lei's signature pork chop bun fresh out of the oven, start queuing at least an hour before the 3 o’clock selling time or there is no way you will get one. Visitors come here as much for savoring the big, juicy pork chops stuffed inside a freshly baked bun, as for gaping at the incredibly long line-up.
Largo Governador Tamagnini Barbosa, Taipa Village, Macau, tel +853 2882 7150
6. Robuchon a Galera
Although lacking in local flavor, Macau's most impressive and exclusive restaurant remains Robuchon a Galera. The place has all the spit and polish expected of a Michelin three-star restaurant: Robuchon's signature modern French style is executed with finesse and served elegantly by near flawless staff. The restaurant is popular for special occasions, or when someone strikes it big at the casinos.
3/F Hotel Lisboa, Avenida da Amizade, Centro, Macau, tel +853 8803 7878 www.hotelisboa.com
7. O Santos Comida Portuguesa
Stepping off of the touristy Rua do Cunha and into O Santos might be a bit of a shock to the senses. The stillness of the homey little restaurant is worlds apart from the street outside teeming with aggressive touts. The smell of Portuguese home-cooking wafting from the kitchen and the warm hospitality of Portuguese owner Santos himself will make all visitors soon forget that the restaurant is situated smack center of tourist-ville. Try the stir-fry clams, baked duck rice, and ox-tail stew.
20 Rua do Cunha, Taipa, Macau +853 2882 5594
Margaret's Cafe e Nata
A Lorcha's clams with garlic and coriander