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Jul 31, 2014 07:26 AM

Macau - Macanese lunch at Antonio's

Very satisfying, substantial lunch at Antonio's in Taipa. The food is lighter and more refined than the more rustic renditions over at A Lorcha and Litoral. What we had:

- Caldo Verde com Chouriço (Traditional Portuguese Green Cabbage Soup) - subtly-flavoured.
- Pastéis de Bacalhau (Fried Codfish Cakes) - superb here, best I'd tasted in Macau.
- Chouriço Caseiro Assado na Canoa (Grilled Homemade Portuguese Sausage) - flambeed tableside, which was interesting. Tastewise - good, but don't really have the "wow" factor.
- Salada de Polvo Português (Portuguese Octopus Salad) - blandish, but the octopus had the perfect texture.
- Arroz de Marisco à "António" (Wet Seafood Rice "Antonio" Style - crab, mussel, clams meat, prawns, served in a ceramic pot) - delish. Best thing I'd tasted in Macau for this trip.
- Galinha à Africana com Batata Gratinada e Salada Mista (African Chicken with Garlic, Onions, Chili, Ginger and Desiccated Coconut Sauce, served with Gratinated Potatoes and Mixed Salad) - very tasty, and blew the versions I previously loved at A Lorcha out of the water.

Very good service, charming atmosphere.

Antonio’s, Rua Dos Negociantes No. 3
Taipa, Macau
Tel: +853 2899-9998

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  1. klyeoh, you're correct in labelling it as a "Macanese" rather than "Portuguese" restaurant. Many so-called "Portuguese" restaurants in Macau serve dishes which you'd never find in Portugal, eg the African chicken which is a Macanese invention.

    I would like to try Antonio's the next time I visit Macau, perhaps later this Dec.

    1. Hi Klyeoh,
      If you love the Fried Bacalhau Cakes at Antonio's, next time you are in New York, try the Bacalhau Croquette at the Michelin1* Casa Mono. OMG GOOD!! Even better!!

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      1. re: Charles Yu

        Thanks for the tip, Charles.
        I'm actually hoping to visit Macau again soon - just to try out some of its other top Macanese/Portuguese restaurants. Some on my list are:
        #1 Guincho a Galera
        #2 Fado
        #3 Porto do Macau
        #4 O Manuel
        #5 A Patisqueria

        Especially interested in Alberque 1601 (pic below) at the St Lazarus Quarter.

        1. re: klyeoh

          Guincho a Galera is the most authentic (and expensive!) Portuguese restaurant in Macau. It is the first overseas branch of Fortaleza do Guincho in Cascais, Portugal which is mentioned by Relais & Chateaux and also has one Michelin star.

        2. re: Charles Yu

          oh yah? ive never had these at casa mono, thanks for the tip

          been a while since ive been there, looks like ill go back soon