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“enjoy while it lasts”

BOA Mesa Comida Portuegesa
Ranked #90 of 776 Restaurants in Macau
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Portuguese
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed May 2, 2013

I have been to the "Boa Mesa", Macao (China), a few of times recently and have always enjoyed the food. Less than an hour ride by jetfoil from Hong Kong, this is a typical Portuguese restaurant right in the heart of old Macao. To find it you must ascend a narrow alley lined by other eateries, that leads to the picturesque Cathedral Square where ornamental fish spout water from a fountain. The location is therefore excellent, but do not expect the kind of luxurious and sometimes garish settings one finds today in some of Macao's casino restaurants. This is a simple medium-sized, L shaped room, accommodating some 20 tables, a large national flag, etc. all providing a genuine Portuguese atmospher. The latter is something that is fast disappearing from this historic ex-Porguese territory (founded in 1557 but returned to China, 14 years ago). Boa Mesa means "good table" in Portuguese and true to its name the food and service are excellent. In fact, one of the restaurant's two young Portuguese partners serves you personally, together with his Filipino staff.The appetizers with olives and warm crisp bread (authentic bread is now a rarity in Macao), the red house wine and strong coffee are as enjoyable as the menu, and the bill at the end is reasonable, certainly compared to Hong Kong. And if you plan carefully, after your meal you can catch one of those picturesque Roman Catholic religious processions that are unique to the old city.

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Reviewed April 8, 2013

Set in a beautiful lane way within the shadow of the iconic St Paul's church ruins and World Heritage centre, where better to put a Portuguese restaurant. This place has character and backs it up with tasty fresh food. Prices are pretty good given the tourist location and charming surrounds. A great place to drink some Sangria, eat well made food, relax and get away from the crowds.

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Reviewed April 8, 2013

We have chosen this restaurant from 3 Portuguese options on same street, main reason was they had one high chair for kids but it proved to be a great option. We had Sardines for Appetizer and it was a huge and very tasty portion (grilled), we also had a cod dish which was OK and a pork steak (very tender!). All washed down with one of best Sangria I had in a while. Great value and will be back again probably.

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Reviewed April 6, 2013

I went to Boa Mesa - Comida Portuguesa for a birthday party. The dishes were previously agreed with the restaurant and so I had the opportunity to try several dishes from appetizers to meat and fish dishes.
To start with, Pasteis de Bacalhau (codfish cakes or cod fritters), Chouriço (chorizo) and tomato salad with Queijo de Palhais (Palhais cheese). All of them very tasty and well made. Then, fish dishes: Bacalhau à Brás (salted codfish in onion and eggs with matchstick potatoes), Arroz de Marisco (seafood rice), fried fish fillets and salted rice with codfish. The first two dishes I really high reccomend however the rice with codfish it's kind of disappointing and nor a typical Portuguese dish. Then, meat dishes: Arroz de Pato (duck rice with chorizo), Leitão (suckling pig) and grilled ribs. Overall the food was very well cooked, tasty and most of all with portuguese handmade touch, the x factor!
If you would like to try portuguese food try this restaurant, you won't be dissapointed. About the price I can't tell because this was a special price for the group.

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Thank Lcaseiro
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Reviewed February 26, 2013

Had a soup that was very poor so sent it back. Was charged 107 mop for 2 cappuccinos and some bread.

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Thank Roger C
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