Where to Enjoy the Best Macanese Food in Macau

While Macau is mostly known as “the Vegas of the orient”, and an increasing number of tourists flock in droves to its gaudy and ostentatious casinos, it’s important to remember that the city also has a special “culinary attraction”: That is the unique Macanese cuisine which developed during hundreds of years of Portuguese colonialism, and combines the classics of Portuguese cooking, with Chinese influences…
This article will take you to some of the best restaurants in Macau, where you can enjoy fabulous Macanese and Portuguese food.

A Lorcha, near A-Ma Temple and Macau Maritime Museum, is one of Macau’s most notable culinary icons, serving what is described by many as the “best Portuguese food outside Portugal”…

With nice and simple Portuguese decor, and friendly staff, this relatively small restaurant renders a somewhat homey ambience and, most importantly, some outstandingly delicious Portuguese-Macanese food, both seafood and meat…

Among the signature dishes you can find names like Chourico assado (char-grilled Portuguese chorizo), Bacalhau com natas (bacalhau with potato in cream sauce) and Pan-fried clams with garlic, just to name a few… Don’t be afraid to order something new, there is very little chance for you to go wrong.

Restaurante Fernando (or Fernando’s as it is more commonly known) is another one of Macau’s gastronomic emblems.

Nestled on Coloane Island’s Hac sa Beach, one of Macau’s greenest and most peaceful corners, Fernando features a rustic-homey ambience that contributes a lot to the lovely dining experience, with simple bamboo furniture and an exquisite alfresco dining area, covered with shrubs…

Portuguese style BBQs (both meat and seafood) are Fernando’s main draw, and so is the freshly baked Portuguese bread, but frankly speaking, everything on the menu is good!

Next to the restaurant, there is a nice outdoor bar where you can have a drink before or after dinner…

And here is a small tip: Try to avoid weekends, as Fernando’s don’t accept early bookings and the restaurant can get jam packed…
For a sumptuous and atmospheric dinner that revives the charm of colonial Macau, very few restaurants can compete with Clube Militar.

Occupying a neo-classical 1870s building that once housed a club for colonial army officers, right next to the legendary Lisboa, Clube Militar features an uber-elegant decor, with polished wood floor and crisp-white tablecloths…

Portuguese classics dominate the menu and during lunch they serve a buffet, so you can try different things…

Fat Siu Lau: Tucked on picturesque Rua de Felicidade, just a short stroll from Senado square, this is possibly Macau’s oldest existing restaurant, with an impressive record of more than 100 years…

Homey and unpretentious Macanese cuisine is what this restaurant is all about, and their good-old favorites, like Roasted Pigeon and African Chicken attract customers from far and wide…

Amagao: Serving what some gourmands consider to be the best Portuguese-Macanese food in Macau, this lilliput-size “private-kitchen” is probably one of Taipa Island’s best kept secrets…

Tucked in a small lane, just a minute walk from Taipa Village’s main street, Rua Cunha, it is open only for dinner and you must book well in advance if you want to get a table… Moreover, you have to discuss your dinner with the chef-owner, as he buys the fresh ingredients especially for you…

Chicken specialties are the main thing here, particularly the Galinha à Portuguesa (Portuguese style chicken), but everything else is just as good…

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