I never expected to go to a restaurant in Asia and discover Portuguese food! But A Petisqueira on Taipa island is just that good!

We took the bus with Kee Kwan company from the Garden Hotel in Guangzhou to Zhuhai, a town bordering Macau. The bus was big and comfy, but unfortunately not on time. On the way back we went with China Travel Service and they seemed much more professional.

waiting for the bus at the Garden hotel

arriving in Macau

The trip itself took almost three hours and immigration took quite a while, so it was almost 10pm by the time we had found an ATM, took a cab, and checked into our hotel on Taipa island, Hotel Taipa Square. It’s a nice hotel a quick cab ride away from the sightseeing and casinos on Macau island and even closer to the Venetian and the other big casinos on Taipa island. The beds are freaking hard, but I found that to be true for all Chinese hotels I’ve been in. They do have a huge breakfast buffeet with Eastern & Western options ;)

Anyways, after dropping of our luggage at the hotel, we grabbed a cab and asked the driver to bring us to Rua do Cunha, an area suggested by the Macau Government Tourist Office for Portuguese food on Taipa Island. And they weren’t lying! Almost everything was closed by the time we got there, but we found this little restaurant that looked like nothing much from the outside. We later found out that apparently A Petisqueria is known as the place to go among locals. Sometimes you just have to get lucky! Marco and I shared an amazing appetizer with fried Portuguese sausage, ham, and fresh cheese. For my main dish the Portuguese waiter recommended the boar loin and I went for it. So good!! I would totally recommend this restaurant to anybody going to Macau!

After dinner we hopped on a cab and went over to Macau island. We walked around the huge and glitzy casinos and went to the Wynn to see the Performance Lake in action – we had been to the amazing water fountain show in front of the Bellagio in Vegas before and hoped for a repeat. Unfortunately, it was under construction :( But the Wynn in Macau did have something else going on called the Tree of Prosperity.

waiting for the show to start

golden tiger

the golden tree is coming up

and it's up

... and now it's green

After the show we just walked around the casinos for a little while and gambled away some money in the Grand Lisboa :)

casinos on Macau island

Casino Lisboa

Grand Lisboa

This is the fifth post about our trip to Asia in May 2010. See here for the other posts about that trip.

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