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Best Macanese and Portuguese Restaurants in Macau


Part two of our top ten Macau restaurants list. Unlike nearby Hong Kong that shipped bangers and mash back with the British when they left Macau continues to celebrate its Portuguese. The demanding local Portuguese mean some of the food here is as good as in Lisbon with salted cod on the menu and vinho verde fresh from the fridge. As well as Portuguese restaurants there are also a handful of restaurants serving Macanese cusine. This fusion of Portuguese recipes and Chinese ingredients is filled with the spices of Goa and other far flung Portuguese outposts. And, at the bottom of the list, a couple of western stand bys as well

1. Restaurante Litoral

Pastéis de nata (egg tarts) from Margaret's Cafe e Nata, Macau.
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If it's a plate of Macanese food you're after – rather than straight Portuguese – Litoral is the spiritual home of the cuisine and its cooking. Set inside a classic Portuguese colonial building the wooden framed interior stacked with wine bottles and starched white table clothes is more Algarve than Asia. And while complaints about grumpy service are too few ignore it's worth braving the surly service to enjoy first class interpretations of macanese cusine. Try the baked duck rice – laced with chorizo – or the minchi beef or pork cooked with potatoes, onions, soy sauce. The portions are belt busting.

2. Clube Militar de Macau

Location, location, location,The Clube Militar de Macau is one of Macau's finest colonial buildings and offers you the chance to dine inside a relic of the city's dramatic colonial past. Set up in the 1870s the club's snooker tables, library and ball room were a retreat for the Portuguese community. Not much has changed since inside and the white washed walls and lazy ceiling fans make this a good place to enjoy the above average and fairly priced Portuguese food and wine.

3. Fernandos

Slipped between the tropical greenery and black sands of Hac Sa beach, the run down entrance to Fernandos looks more like the entrance to a used car dealers than one of Macau's oldest and best Portuguese restaurants. Don't be fooled. Perhaps more than anywhere else Fernando's red chequered table cloths and ramshackle nautical theme are as close to the mid range seafood restaurants you'll find in Portugal as anywhere else in the city. The food itself is tasty and comes in decent portions for honest prices. Arguably even better than the restaurant itself is the bar where you can sip Super bock beers served in coolers amidst wind swept trees – it's the sort of Graham Greene location that you expect to see spys swapping bags full of patacas.

4. Robuchon au Dôme

Certainly Macau's most exclusive address, Robuchon au Dome is found in the glass dome at the top of the Grand Lisboa casino. Dramatic mood lighting, the glass chandelier swaying from the ceiling and a master pianist tinkling on the steinway certainly make an statement – although expect the prices of £500 up per person to make a similar statement on your wallet. Joel Robuchon and his dozens of restaurants have made a habit of walking into the pages of Michelin guide and the sublime food here has already bagged him another three stars for his collection. Booking in advance required.

5. Margaret’s Café e Nata

The legacy of the city's time as a slice of Portugal, Macau egg tarts have garnered a cult following in recent years – with crates being shipped to Hong Kong, China and as far afield as Korea. These sweets are small, cupcake sized tarts made from butter, sugar and egg with creamy filling and with a flaky pastry case. Egg tarts can be found all around the city, most notably at the famous Lord Stow's on Coloane Island. Margaret’s are just as good and the central location is easier to reach.

6. Morton's Steakhouse

Yes, it is a chain. Yes, you can have a Morton's steak in many city's all over the world. Yes, it still deserves a place on this list. While you can get fantastic Portuguese, Macanese and Cantonese food in Macau, beyond that it starts getting a bit more difficult. Morton's does exactly what it promises – serves up tender, first class US steaks. The service is as slick as the surroundings and the food reliably good.
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