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“Charming, Busy and Tasty”

Fernando's Restaurant
Ranked #16 of 770 Restaurants in Macau
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Vancouver USA
Level 6 Contributor
104 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Charming, Busy and Tasty”
Reviewed September 13, 2012

We ate at Fernando's in the middle of the day on September 10th, just after arriving at the nearby Westin Resort. Unlike the other businesses around it, this restaurant has a subtle street presence and was easy to walk past.

There is a front dining room (clearly the original dining area), and outdoor bar (it was too hot for anyone and even the bartender looked a bit limp), and a back dining room behind the kitchen, where all the action was. The midday action consisted of about 30 tables, mostly full of people from all over the world, happily eating and drinking under ceiling fans, with a small staff busily bringing out food and to-go boxes. About half of the parties took food home. Some took many boxes.

As others have said, the portions are generous. They are. And the food was simple and tasty.

We ate garlic prawns ($155), stuffed squid ($188), and chorizo ($88), plus a beer, a small bottle of water and a large bottle of water. The two of us were hungry walking in and quite full walking out with half the chorizo and a loaf of really good bread. We left a bit of the squid.

The garlic prawns were large, succulent and flavorful. The garlic, butter and wine pooled on the serving plate was wonderful for dipping their fresh bread in.

The stuffed squid came in a cast iron kettle. It was prepared with a red sauce and gold potatoes. Each squid was fully stuffed and sealed with a wood skewer. The funny thing is I cannot tell you what the stuffing was - I think it was the squid tentacles, rice and onion. This dish appealed to us less than the prawns. The texture suggested it was a bit over-cooked.

We heard rave reviews of the chorizo while in Hong Kong, so we had to try it. The portion is deceptive: at first it looked small, but it is very filling and at the end of the meal we were full and the chorizo was still looking up at us as if to say, "I have prevailed." It lived up to its fine reputation, and the leftovers made a good midnight snack.

So we did not get seven or eight plates, but we watched other tables of two or three people go through huge amounts of clams, sardines, chicken, steak sandwich, et cetera. Everyone seemed very happy with the food and many pictures were taken of it.

Service was good. The ladies (and one young man) did not seem anxious to turn the table and were very accommodating.

One suggestion: if you want water with your meal, order the large bottle specifically.

  • Visited September 2012
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Israel
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29 restaurant reviews
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“generous portions”
Reviewed September 12, 2012

We dropped in mid afternoon and got a table with a garden view. we ordered the grilled fish and extra order of chips which were really good. The fish were two fish plus two boiled potatoes and salad plus fresh home baked bread. No catsup available. Atmosphere was country style and service pleasant and fast. Ladies' restroom was primitive but ok. Payment cash only, but very reasonable. Without ordering we got delicious Portugese warm sweet doughnuts. Would come again.

  • Visited September 2012
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Hong Kong
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
“Step back in time”
Reviewed September 10, 2012

The whole thing about Fernando's is the vibe that you get with great food. Everything on the site is true, you can't book, they take cash, and you have to get there early. We got there early but we were happy to have a drink in the courtyard and then get a table when we were ready. The food was great, service was quick, the only thing to remember is that there is no air conditioning, but that is part of the atmosphere.

  • Visited September 2012
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Shanghai, China
Level 3 Contributor
8 reviews
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“A nice Portoguese restaurant turned more into a mass chinese”
Reviewed September 8, 2012

First time I went to Fernando was in summer 2010 I had many typical portoguese dishes and very easy drinking but pretty nice Vinho Verte (white wine).
After 2 years I decided to get the Ferry from Hong Kong and show this place to my fiance'.
To be fair the atmosphere s still nice, the service is quick and spotless and the guy at the reception is a very nice person.
For what concerns the food maybe we've just been unlucky! Other tables beside us seemed to enjoy what they ordered.
Anyway we had Bacalo a la Braz and what arrived was a dish of onions and eggs, with very little cod, and the dish was very dry.
The Vinho Verte that they serve now is cheap and ok, but the quality of the wine is really basic.
Maybe that's because of the many Chinese customers which maybe do not yet appreciate better wine, anyway I would strongly suggest at least to include in the menu at least two levels of wine!
We then ordered roast veal with potatoes, which was ok but nothing special.
Portions are pretty big so we were unfortunately already too full!
So to cut it short, again maybe we chose the wrong dishes, but having been there 2 years ago I can say this time it was not worth the trip...
Hope it will get better!
Cheers everyone

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank Filippo G
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“Awesome, somewhat chaotic and authentic experience”
Reviewed September 8, 2012

Great food, quick service, just don't expect a gourmet, fine dining experience. We loved it. The food is a nice fusion of traditional Portugal and China.

Visited September 2012
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