Where to eat Portuguese in Macau Portuguese Seafood Rice at Temptations

Where to eat Portuguese in Macau

Explore the peninsular's colonial past at these Portuguese restaurants.

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Rich colonial history is not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of Macau, but the peninsular's Portuguese past has left its mark on the area's architecture, culture and food. Here are the best Portuguese restaurants in Macau.

Temptations

With a simple yet elegant garden-inspired decor Temptations is hard to resist with its offer of continental specialities from Portugal, Italy and France as well as Macanese dishes. The Portuguese seafood rice has been recommended by CNN Travel as one of the ten must try dishes in Macau and the restaurant has recently been listed by the Michelin Guide Bib Gormand. www.starworldmacau.com

Albergue 1601

Albergue 1601Albergue 1601, source: www.facebook.com/ALBERGUE1601

Surrounded by Portuguese-style houses in the Saint Lazaro neighbourhood this restaurant situated within the atmospheric House of Mercy cultural centre. Enjoy a casual meal with Portguese flavours in the idyllic courtyard far away from the bustling casinos. The fried codfish cakes, homemade oxtail soup, and hearty meat dishes are highly recommended. www.albergue1601.com

Belcanção

Four SeasonsBelcanção at the Four Seasons

Located at the Four Seasons Hotel this buffet style restaurant focuses on Portuguese cusines: think cool and fresh squid salad, aromatic lamb stew, Portuguese seafood rice. The buffet also includes international dishes as well as a wide range of tempting desserts. www.fourseasons.com

O Santos

O SantosPortuguese Suckling Pig at O Santos, source: www.facebook.com

This small family run restaurant is a little rough around the edges, but its worth a trip to Mr Santos' restaurant to sample the best Portuguese suckling pig in Macau. Popular with locals this restaurant is always busy so remember to book in advance. www.osantoscomidaportuguesa.com

MacauSoul

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Long-time British expats David and Jacky Higgins have carved out a piece of paradise in Macau, where they have 'retired' running this unique wine lounge in the historic centre. Come inside and kick back in the Chinese inspired setting decked out with watercolour paintings. Take your pick from 430 Portuguese wines: vinho verdes, reds, ports and Madeiras, whilst savouring garlic-marinated olives and listening to live music. www.macausoul.com

Lord Stow's Bakery

Portuguese custard tartLord Stow Portuguese custard tart, source: www.instagram24.com

An enterprising Englishman opened Lord Stow’s Bakery on Coloane Island in 1989 selling egg custard tarts and baked goods to the locals. Since then it has grown in popularity attracting locals and food lumninaries from all over the world including Anthony Bourdain. There is always a long queue, but the tarts are definitely worth the wait. www.lordstow.com

1 Temptations
2 Albergue 1601
3 Belcanção
4 O Santos
5 MacauSoul
6 Lord Stow's Bakery