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.