Where to Find the Best Portuguese Restaurants in Macau
by: The Beat Asia
January 26, 2023
Macau was a Portuguese colony for more than four centuries before transferring its sovereignty to China in 1999. Hence, the European influence is still embedded in the Macanese lifestyle and culture: from street signs that bear Portuguese names to dozens of buildings with European-style architecture. But one area where Portuguese left a significant mark on the Macanese culture is food.
You can see various restaurants in the city offering the complete Portuguese experience from the interiors down to the main courses. To help you decide, we listed down the four best Portuguese restaurants in Macau for your next culinary delight.
One of the household names when it comes to Macau Portuguese food is A Lorcha, whose interiors resemble a sailing vessel just like its name. The unique decors of this restaurant reflect the perspective of owner Adriano Neves, who believes that a pleasurable dining experience is more than what one eats and should strike a balance between good food and ambiance.
This restaurant pampers diners with a nice music in the background and attentive staff serving the likes of beef samosa, minced beef croquettes, and arroz de bacalhau.
Location: A Lorcha, Av. Almirante Sergio, no. 289 AA, G/F - Macau (China)
Owned by celebrity chef Henrique Sá Pessoa, Chiado puts premium on plating and presentation. Be ready to indulge in mouth-watering Portuguese dishes served with flair such as tuna tataki with vegetable escabeche and tomato tartare, as well as salted cod a bras with slow-cooked egg yolk. The upscale ambiance of this restaurant makes it a perfect venue for celebrating a special occasion.
Location: Chiado, Shop 2206, Level 2, Sands Cotai Central, Cotai
Having been in the business for more than 18 years, Café Lisboa is an authority when it comes to Portuguese restaurants in Macau. It is popular not only among hungry locals, but with tourists who want to have a taste of the fusion between Macanese culture and Portuguese dishes. Be sure to try its desserts, which the restaurant is famous for.
While it is open for walk-in diners, Café Lisboa encourages guests to call first if your party exceeds four persons.
Location: Café Lisboa, Rua de Londres No. 88 Edifício WAN YU Villas RC-Z Macau, Macau
O Manel Restaurante
Located in Taipa Village, O Manel Restaurante is a quaint Portuguese restaurant in Macau known for its grilled foods cooked in a traditional charcoal grill. Its owner, Manuel Pena, came to Macau in the 1980s and founded the restaurant a decade after, bringing in dishes from his hometown Trancoso to the city.
Location: O Manel Restaurante, Rua Fernão Mendes Pinto, no. 90 R/C, Taipa - Macau
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