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“Poor Service; Lord Stow's Way Better”

Margaret's Cafe e Nata
Ranked #4 of 39 Dessert in Macau
Cuisines: Asian
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Takeout
Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Takeout
Reviewed January 2, 2014

The cafe is advertised in guide books and online as belonging to Lord Stow's former wife and so we went with no expectations (we are wary of places that rely on name association to drum up publicity). Also, since Lord Stow's name has been used liberally to advertise Margaret's Cafe, I'm going to to compare the egg tarts from both bakeries.

The egg tarts at Margaret's are good - they boast the same flaky crust as the tarts at Lord Stow's Bakery but overall, are still a league below. For one thing, there is way too much crust and the custard is not as rich as Lord Stow's. Just for this, Margaret's Cafe egg tarts earn one star less than those at Lord Stow's (I gave the former a five-star rating).

Service is also appalling. As tourists, we're obviously not familiar with the different Macanese coins used in the country so when we stopped to count out the exact change for the lady behind the counter, she yelled at us and threatened not to sell us any egg tarts if we continued counting out change. This is in sharp contrast to the cashier at Lord Stow's Barkery (which we had visited the evening before), who had a warm smile for every customer despite the long lines. For this, I'm taking another star out from the rating.

The verdict: Lord Stow's bakeries are not as conveniently situated but the light, buttery flakiness of the egg tarts, nicer ambience and more polite staff there make the extra effort to get there more than worth it.

2  Thank Mei L
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Reviewed December 12, 2013

The best egg tart on the planet! There is very little to do in Macau. There is gambling, and there is gambling. Senate Square has a hint of what this once sleepy Portuguese colony was like... lovely architecture now ruined by gold and glass fronted casinos. Buy then there is milk pudding (with red beans for flavor) and egg tarts. And when it comes to egg tarts, Nata is THE place. Not easy to find - it's in back alley close to St Paul Ruins and Senado Square. Ask at any hotel for a map and directions. Once you find it, you'll probably need to stand in line. But then, be prepared for a real treat. Flaky and buttery, this little hot pastry throws a party for your mouth. And there is no way you will stop at just one. Also, the woman who runs the place speaks great English and is infinitely charming. Sitting outside, one thing is very obvious. Everyone eating Nata's egg tarts is smiling. Even people who just lost their house and car at the casino.

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Thank Jeffrey R
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Reviewed November 13, 2013

It actually quite difficult to find the stall. Shop is right behind Gand Lisboa casino, towards the direction of Senado Square. Beside is a noodle shop. Manage to find the stall with a nice lady help. Long queue but very fast. Egg tarts are really hot from oven! Bought 6 and ate 2 outside the shop. Taste still nice after 1 day. Tips: just order how many you want and dont take or touch anything, stand there and they will pass you what u order. IFfnot you will get scolded like me! :(

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2  Thank kittythm
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Reviewed November 11, 2013

The pasteis de nata at Margaret's are up there with the best. They might, in fact, be the best (although there are a lot of good ones around Macau and Hong Kong).

The beauty of Margaret's is the temperature and pastry. The tarts are all hot (as in fresh from the furnace). The turnover is so high, that you are guaranteed a piping hot pastel every time. The pastry is flaky and buttery. It is a delight.

The coffee is not very good - weak and a little bitter.

The service was friendly from the lady herself, but dour from the rest of the staff.

I recommend it for a visit, but just get the egg tarts.

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Thank tombillinge
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Reviewed November 6, 2013

i've had 5 or 6 different egg tarts in macau including the more popular lord stow's the rather ubiquitous koi kei. margaret's beats them all. this is the perfect egg tart. there is a hint of salt somewhere which gives remarkable balance. don't bother with the others, this is it.

Thank apester
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