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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