Macau, other than having the rudest taxi drivers in the universe (yes I had multiple bad experiences consecutively in Macau, they make New York City Taxi drivers look like angels), is also famous for its Casinos. In fact its gambling revenue has reached 5 times that of Las Vegas. There are tons of excellent restaurants in Macau such as Joël Robuchon’s three-Michelin-starred Robuchon a Galera. But if you want to try delicious local Macanese food without spending a fortune, then Fernando’s should definitely be on your radar.
Macanese food is local Macau cuisine with strong Portuguese influence. Combining east and west, Macanese cuisine represents not only food but also the unique history and culture of Macanese people. Portuguese traders started settling in Macau as early as the 16th century. In 1887, Macau officially became a colony of Portugal. In 1999, Macau was returned to the sovereignty of China as one of the two Special Administrative Regions of the People’s Republic of China (SAR). The other SAR is Hong Kong.
There are three major districts in Macau: The Macau Peninsula, Taipa and Coloane. Most hotels and casinos are located on the Macau Peninsula and Taipa, however the Westin is in Coloane near the Hac Sa beach (it means black sand beach). Macau is small, so it is easy to travel by taxi to all the districts within a short period of time.
Fernando’s is located right by the Hac Sa beach in Coloane away from the hustle and bustle of the hotel districts. A 10 minutes ride from the hotel district of Taipa (Hardrock, Venetian, City of Dreams, Grand Hyatt, Crown Towers etc are all located in Taipa) will take you to Fernando’s. Enjoying a walk before or after your meal is not a bad idea.
We arrived early around 6:30 pm and there were plenty of open tables. As we entered Fernando’s, the waiter led us pass the first dining room, into a hallway decorated with currencies given by customers from around the world. In the end of the hallway, there is a courtyard where you have the option of eating outside, and further down, there is the back dinning room. Fernando’s is a family style restaurant with no stylish decorations or sophisticated service. The atmosphere is very casual.
We wasted no time ordering. Our first dish was the Portuguese Chorizo. It was slightly chewy and salty, just how a chorizo should be, and it went perfectly well with the beer. What a great start to the meal. Next on the list was the Fried Prawns with Garlic. Even for a shrimp lover like myself I was surprised at how delicious these prawns were. They were fresh and oh SO JUICY. The next dish was the Stewed Beef, it reminded me of the fresh goulash dishes I had everyday in Czech Republic. It was good but not amazing compared to the shrimp. Soon my attention was turned away by yet another exquisite dish: the roasted suckling pig. The tender meat melted in my mouth like butter, and the crispy skin, tasted like a fatty and yummy chip of some sort, together it was beyond excellent. This is a MUST if you go to Fernando’s. The last dish we tried was the spare-ribs, compared to everything we had, I thought this was a forgettable dish. It was a little dry and not as exciting as the suckling pig’s buttery texture, but overall the meal was excellent and wonderful!
Note: There weren’t any taxis around when we finished dinner, but there is a bus stop right by Fernando’s. The bus will take you back to the hotel district in 10 minutes for less than 1 US dollar.
Fernando’s is located on the Hac Sa beach, 9 Praia de Hac Sa, Macau, China
Tel.: +853 882 264