Anyone doubting the popularity of the Macao and Portugal Street Restaurant only has to visit the place during weekday lunch hours to find out that you are more than likely going to have to queue for a table.
Located on the second floor of Shenzhen's Tian'an Cyber Times Building, which is home to many high-tech companies, the Macanese-style restaurant is a popular eatery for white-collar workers and gourmets alike. Although not big, it provides a rich mix of cuisines that include fusions of Portuguese, French and Cantonese dishes, as well as some finely made Japanese and Southeast Asian dishes.
You get a warm welcome as you enter the restaurant and the interior adds to this place's warmth. The purple and blue striped table cloths, along with the smart waitresses clad in purple vests and yellow scarfs help put you at ease straight away.
The chefs are very particular at making lightly flavored soups based on their homemade fish and chicken stock. For instance, ganba mushroom in chicken consomm¨|(38 yuan) is a melding of chewy lumps of chicken, juicy mushroom and cauliflower in delicious chicken stock. The fish head dish made in this restaurant is also worth a try. It is served with tofu and chopped shallots in a shallow wooden pot. Before being steamed, a sauce is added, which allows it to soak into the fish head and give the fish an exquisite flavor.
Macao was once occupied by Portuguese and, not surprisingly, its food still retains much of its European influence. Portuguese sauces have been adapted to local tastes, using coconut milk, skimmed milk, and curry powder. The thick and yellow sauce is widely used in cooking baked Portuguese chicken, vegetables, oysters, fried rice and spaghetti. Dishes cooked with the sauce are enticing but you may long for something a bit simpler after several mouthfuls of this heavy and creamy sauce. Another characteristic of Portuguese cuisine is the wide use of bacalhau, a dried and salted cod. Portuguese food offers a perfect match for rice and is hearty and good fare.
The inclusion of several French dishes adds romantic appeal to the menu. The richly textured goose liver mousse is sure to please your taste buds. Eggplants simmered in the mousse are so tender that they melt in your mouth, and the onions help relieve the homogenous and heavy flavor of the goose liver. Also on offer is one ingredient that the French are famous for: snails. Try the French snails with mushroom dish. These high-end ingredients in the French cuisine will definitely contribute to your gastronomic pleasures while you taste typical Macanese and Portuguese dishes. If that wasn't all, the restaurant also serves up an array of Japanese sashimi, Thai food and snacks, as well as Portuguese egg tarts. It also features an Indian chef, who makes a variety of poppadams on the spot for diners.
With the huge variety of dishes available, you will easily find something to suit your taste. You might get sick and tired of one dish, but you will always find something new here. Besides, the efficient service and generous servings is one of the highlights of this place.