Favoured with a unique fusion of Mediterranean and Chinese culture, Taipa Village allows visitors to get a taste of the original, authentic Macau. That, of course, extends to food. Here are five of the best eateries catering to the city’s diverse tastes.
The newest kid on the block and one of the best. Bella Taipa is a contemporary Italian restaurant with a stylish interior design spread over three floors, plus the rooftop, of a beautifully restored shophouse in the heart of Taipa Village.
The menu is equally enticing with dishes ranging from exquisitely-plated starters such as fresh lobster salad or Parma ham with burrata cheese d.o.p, fresh figs and Acacia honey to mains that include oven-baked sea bass with asparagus or chopped filet mignon with arugula and Grana Padano d.o.p.. With warm and well-informed waitstaff, this recently opened restaurant is a hidden gem.
Bella Taipa, 1 Rua dos Clérigos, Taipa, +853 2857 6621, bellataipa.com
Local diners retain fond food memories of Café Leon, located by Sai Van Lake for several decades. Now ensconced in Taipa, the Michelin-recommended restaurant has received a facelift, giving it a slightly more contemporary look, but the menu is prepared by the same kitchen team to the same standards. Signature dishes include grilled Macau sole with butter sauce, braised prime beef rib in red wine, Portuguese suckling pig, and roasted chicken stuffed with rice.
Café Leon, Na Taipa Rua do Regedor No.79, Chun Fok Village- 2 Fase Wai Tai Kok, Res-Do-Chao Q
+853 2830 1189
King’s Lobster Restaurant
No bells, no whistles, no pretention. Just fresh lobster prepared lovingly with simple ingredients, Macau style. King’s Lobster Restaurant, opened in January this year, offers diners a new gastronomical concept by serving plump, succulent lobster in a soft bun. The restaurant also boasts a wide range of European-style dishes such as grilled Boston lobster, pulled pork roll, juicy beef burgers and raclette served with potatoes, vegetables and sausages. Guests can pair their lobster dish of choice with a surprisingly good range of wines and spirits.
King’s Lobster Restaurant, Rua dos Negociantes No 23, +853 2882 5828, facebook.com/Kingslobster/
Porto Portuguese Restaurant
It’s not news that Macau is home to some of the world’s glitziest hotels and restaurants and casinos but these days it is easy to forget that city’s distinct Portuguese culinary heritage. True, Macau has many Portuguese restaurants but the menus are often very similar. Not so at Porto Portuguese Restaurant, which has been serving neighborhood diners and tourists for a decade in Taipa Village, with an innovative cooking style that combines homestyle comfort with the individual flair of its chefs. Recommended dishes include baked stuffed suckling pig rice, baked chicken Portuguese style in bread, and stewed clams in white wine with lemon. A word of warning: the venue’s popularity makes it difficult for walk-in diners to get a table so best to book in advance.
Porto Portuguese Restaurant, Rua dos Clerigos No. 75, +853 2857 6382
And now for dessert. Serradura is a traditional Portuguese pudding, also known as sawdust pudding or Macau pudding. This wonderful sweet treat features layers of whipped cream and crumbled Marie biscuits—and Serrdura serves up one of the city’s best. But as the popularity of this tasty pudding has grown, so has its flavours. This local dessert shop has created numerous new versions of this classic confection including chocolate, charcoal coffee, mango, green tea, and durian serradura.
Serrdura, Rua Do Regedor 183-189, +853 2883 8688
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