Friday, January 3, 2014

Lunch at Restaurante A Lorcha 船屋葡國餐廳

On the first sightseeing day of the trip, we picked this tiny Portuguese restaurant highly recommended by Tripadvisor's destination experts. The restaurant is located just a few steps away from the 500+ years old UNESCO World Heritage attraction the A Ma Temple. We took a cab from our hotel, most drivers know this popular little restaurant. If they don't, just tell them to bring you to the A Ma Temple.

The restaurant is rather small and very popular among tourist (90% of their diners are foreigners), so an advance reservation is a must. They have many english speaking staffs, so don't worry about calling in to book a table.

This place has a quaint and homely european style decor. Table settings are kept very simple and easy to setup for the next customer.

We got a tiny table at the corner...

The menu, written in 3 most used language in Macau (Portuguese, Chinese & English). There's no elaborate descriptions or pictures here, so do check with the waiting staffs for food recommendations. Or order the most popular dishes here.

Freshly baked warm bread is served at every table. They were good, but do save some for dipping into the clams sauce (if you ordered the clams) later.

I did some blog reading and Openrice searching before this trip and based on what I've read, I picked 3 dishes from the menu to share with hubby. First up, the dish that appears at every table, Clams Bulhão Pato style w/ white wine, garlic, coriander & olive oil MOP98.

This was very delicious and serving was generous too. We were both singing praises for the yummy white wine sauce. Definitely recommended.

Next, we had the Portuguese fried rice MOP98. Do note that serving is big enough for 2-3pax to share.

This was very good as well, a tomato based fried rice with fresh prawns, bacon, capsicum and black olives. Ordinary looking but big in flavor. Thumbs up.

The 3rd dish was African chicken MOP138, another well known dish in Macau. I believe this is a Macau's local fusion creation, combining spices from the Portuguese and African region, and coconut milk which is very Southeast Asian style of cooking.

This was served with french fries, another generously portioned dish. The chicken was tender and rather flavorful but didn't wow us as much as the previous two dishes, probably because we are starting to feel full from the huge food servings.

We ordered two rounds of drinks, I had Iced Lemon tea MOP18 and Lemon Coke MOP18. Both were within expectations. Hubby had the popular Sangria MOP45 and Espresso MOP18. He doesn't fancy the Sangria though.

Overall dining experience here was pleasing. Food quality is very good and priced reasonably (for Singaporean standard). Ambiance was nice and cozy, and service level is also within expectations. I would recommend this place to all visitors at Macau.

Restaurante A Lorcha 船屋葡國餐廳
289A Rua do Almirante Sergio, Macau ‎
Tel +853 2831 3193/5

Opens daily except Tuesdays
Lunch 12:30-3:00pm
Dinner 6:30-11:00pm

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