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“Portuguese food”
Review of Portuguese Square

Portuguese Square
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Private Full Day Malacca Tour including Lunch from Kuala Lumpur
Subang Jaya, Malaysia
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“Portuguese food”
Reviewed July 6, 2013

Boys n girls will rush to you as soon as you enter the Square, persuading you to order food from their stall. It's a big area so we sat and ordered food from Stall #2. Very good food. Steamed fish, "Debel" curry aka "devil"curry with chicken and Malaysia' s staple food rice. All dishes are very good. The "Debel"curry was not as spicy as it should have been but nevertheless good. The stalls are all owned by the Portuguese which I personally think it's excellent. I spoke to several Portuguese people and all were upset that a multi-millionaire built a university at the border... viable from the Square. The government should have preserved this as a Portuguese Settlement but big money speaks loud and strong.

This Square is a must-visit for travellers even with that eyesore of a white university. People are extremely friendly.

Best time to visit is 29 June every year when they have Fiesta San Pedro... patron saint of the fishermen. Portuguese clad in colourful traditional costumes song and dance and the whole village comes alive.

Visited July 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“No Portuguese”
Reviewed July 4, 2013

I had big expectations about this place. It was very disappointing. Very decadent and no sign of the Portuguese influence. Even the restaurants are bad. The fish/ seafood didn't look fresh and there were thousands of pushy guys trying to convince you to have a meal in their "restaurants".
The hotel Lisbon is now an university dorm. The Portuguese heritage is lost. It's a shame for Portugal.

Visited June 2013
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Australia
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“A littlle bit of Portugal in Malaysia”
Reviewed June 29, 2013

We first visited the Portuguese Settlement in Melaka during the day. Didn't look too much at first glance, but we were fortunate to get an advance look inside a new Museum being developed which, when open, will provide an interesting look at the history and, particularly the culture of the local Portuguese, and how they are working not to lose it. We returned at night for a delightful seafood dinner of the local Portuguese Malaysian fusion cuisine - we chose the Sea Terrace, but I doubt there is much to choose from the large number of different restaurants available. There was an eclectic mix of tourists and locals enjoying a meal in bright and colourful Square, right on the edge of the Straights of Malacca. There is Portuguese singing and dancing on an outdoor stage at the weekends which, doubtless, would add a great deal of extra atmosphere. The settlement is a few kilometres South of China Town - you would need to have your own car or use a taxi (very cheap in Malaysia) to get their in comfort.

Visited May 2013
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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“As others said, nothing much to see”
Reviewed May 27, 2013

Its a settlement for Portuguese descent people in Melaka, by the Straits of Melaka. The only place you can spend time, is at the sea front square. Its adjacent to a big food stall square where you may be swarmed by peddlers. We chose restaurants away from this ultra-noisy area, like San Pedro, Lisbon Restaurant which is just a stones throw away.

Visited May 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Stall #2 - Joan & El Chico's”
Reviewed April 21, 2013

This is the second time that we have dined at Portuguese Settlement. The first time we had our seafood dinner at stall #1, this time round we decided to give stall #2 - Joan & El Chico's, a try. We ordered some veggies, butter garlic scallops (delicious, had wished they were bigger!), asam sotong (tastes of tangerine and is sweet) and also chilli crab. The crab meat was firm, juicy and quite spicy. The rice was abit too hard though and our total bill came up to RM111 for two pax. Will definitely come back here for seafood in the near future.

Visited April 2013
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