I am an American expat currently residing in Taipa, Macau. As for dining choices....There are a plethora of GREAT food offerings here. Many types of authentically prepared cuisines throughout the tiny country at various price points are: Macanese, Cantonese, French, Irish, Japanese, Portuguese, Italian, Korean, Mexican, Brazilian, American (actually quite brilliantly done ). Okay, I will name the amazing American restaurant that I have fallen in love with: SAVORY CRAB in Taipa,Macau (where the grand majority of the anglo expats live). Try the fried red snapper, fried chicken basket, any of the crab dishes, the oversized pasta plates, and the best American breakfasts in region (including Hong Kong).
You can check out my blog about Macau where I have given a brief, yet somewhat informative rundown on my life as an expat in the SAR and travels to other countries in Asia. My favorite restaurants and haunts are examined and i tend to stay away from the casinos for the most part.
re: oc creole lady in macau
I've read a mix of reviews on the web, many glowing reports, but also a number with poor feedback on the service and quality of food. Sadly my experience was in the disappointing category.
I wanted a simple breakfast and found a menu option which looked ideal - 2 eggs, bacon and french toast. I asked if I could have normal toast instead. Didn't think it was an unreasonable request, but the waitress insisted repeatedly that I could not change the french toast and pointed me to a more expensive menu option instead, which had 3 eggs and other additional items I didn't really want.
I regretted letting her push me into this. The mushrooms tasted terrible and the sausages like rubbery saveloys. It took over half an hour to arrive and I barely had time to finish, as I had an appointment to get to.
Breakfast was 134 patacas. Not expensive by western standards, but slightly pricey for Macau. I wouldn't have minded paying if the service or food had been reasonable. I felt more ripped off by the inflexibility of the staff to give me what I wanted to order. If I hadn't been in a rush, I probably could have ordered some side dishes I wanted for less, but I guess a helpful waitress could have also pointed this out.
The food, service and attitude leaves a lot to be desired.
My husband is from Macau and there are plenty of good places to eat there. Our favorites are:
Portas do Sol
Hotel Lisboa, 1st floor, Av da Amizade
- my visiting friends voted it best dim sum. In the evenings they have shows and performance too. Really, really delicious dim sum.
Noite e Dia Café
also in Hotel Lisboa, ground level
They have a buffet that is very reasonably priced, w dim sum, sushi, Chinese and western dishes, including Macauness dishes such as Portuguese Chicken, nice selection of dessert. An excellent assortment of dishes that allow you to try many of the signature Macauness dishes and popular Chinese dishes - not the biggest variety but should be enough to keep you very happy.
There is a bigger buffet at the new, Grand Lisboa. It is one of the largest buffet table I've ever seen. They have a tank for cooking live prawn, a teppanyaki station, a noodle station, sushi station... However, I personally prefer the one mentioned above. At Grand Lisboa, they have two seatings - so everybody starts at the same time - meaning a chaotic, elbow knocking fight for food. I hate rude diners who don't line up...
Rua de Almirante Sergio 261
(853) 967 878
Typical Portuguese influenced Macauness food. near the A Ma Temple.
Noodle and Congee Corner
Grand Lisboa Casino
It overlooks the casino so you can watch the activities going down there as well as shows when they are on. It's open 24 hours. High quality noodles, fried rice and so on though pricier than your street fare (but not outrageous). They have an open kitchen where you can watch the chef makes the different noodles. The cut noodle has the chef scrapping off shreds from a lump of dough, the ramen starts from a ball of dough into thin strings. there is also one variety where the whole bowl consists of just one very long strand of noodle.
Hotel Lisboa, Av da Amizade
Fernando's is a popular choice but I felt it a bit over-rated. Solmar was good when my husband went to school but it's definitely on the downward slope now.
Margaret's Cafe e Nata, Edif. Kam Loi, Nam Van area, Near Hotel Sintra, across Avenida Infante D. Henrique, in an alley, along Avenida D.Joao IV, before "Happy House" Ramen.: Located in downtown Macau - try their Portuguese egg tart - simply yummy and different from the regular Hong Kong egg tart.
Yi Shun Milk Company: steamed milk or egg pudding - it's a small portion of silky soft pudding. There is a branch at Senado Square, opposite the General Post Office, sandwiched between a money changer and a noodle shop.
Also, if you walk up to St Paul's from downtown, you will pass by an alley where there are lots of bakery and an army of enthusiastic people offering you samples of their cookies and beef jerky. My favorite is Kue Kee. You can ask to sample their cookies, the most popular ones being the almond cookies and the rolls.
I think the best food we had was at Cafe/Restaurant Nga Tim in Coloanne Village. Their logo is a little round-headed, rosy-cheeked guy with a hat, glasses & striped overalls. They're on the left side of the plaza when you're facing the church, and I think they might be visible through an alley from the plaza near Lord Stow's Cafe (the Coloanne Village bus stop). We ordered in a somewhat miscellaneous fashion, and everything was good, if a bit random. The folks at the next table got curry crab & grilled shrimp with garlic, both of which looked awesome. There may be a bit of a language barrier here. We got by with a mix of English & Mandarin. There is an English menu.
Lord Stow's cafe, also in Coloanne, had the best egg tarts.
We also had very good dim sum on the third? upper floor of the building that contains the Macau Tower. Good crispy pork & duck, steamed squid, and a variety of dim sums , including several that I hadn't seen anywhere else before, including Hong Kong. For instance, a steamed dish that looked like a cuttlefish-tofu napoleon. Savory, not sweet. But good.
The above reviews may be influenced by the fact that our hotel was in Coloanne.
I just visited Macau and had a nice Macanese lunch at Henri's. It's on Avenida da República and faces the Macau Tower. I found it after seeing the A Ma Temple and walked along the road by Sai Van Lake. The codfish ball appetizer was delicious. I had a portuguese fish that was okay -it was breaded in a spongy egg-like coating that wasn't so hot. Other things on the menu looked very good, though. I found their website: http://www.henrisgalley.com.mo/main_e...
There are also some macanese restaurants on Taipa in Taipa Village. One's called Pinnochio (something) and it's supposed to be quite good. I liked Taipa Village a lot -it's smaller and more quaint than Macau, but still fairly touristy.
I heard from a friend who lives in Macau that Pinnochio *used to be* quite good but has gone downhill recently. I've never been - but it's what I've heard, for what it's worth... On another note, last time I was there, I saw this crazy line up at this little cafe in Taipa for some pork tenderloin bun (??) They say the cafe is famous for it. Supposedly the cafe only makes 200 or so, and there were definitely more than 200 peepe lining up. Next time I'll have to give it a try!