In Macau for a short break, I jumped to the opportunity to have a catch up girlie lunch with my friends at ‘La Paloma’ , the charming restaurant of Pousade de Sao Tiago, a 17th century Portuguese fortress, now converted into a hotel.
I woke up to this amazing view of the river.
First thing, I popped in Starbucks in the MGM Casino to get an iced coffee, and went for a relaxing swim in the infinity pool, freezing a little for the cold water and the wind. I then got ready, went downstairs with my friends to get a taxi to the restaurant.
Taxi is the only way to reach this place, which is slightly out-of-the-way of the big casinos and the city centre. Once at the hotel, we walked into the walls, all the way up to the restaurant. The ambience is elegant, yet relaxed. Air conditioning, as anywhere in Macau, is really cold! If you plan to visit, bring a scarf to wrap you warm. Service is really friendly, and helpful.
I decided to order the lunch set menu. My starter was a delicious dish of crispy ‘Croquettes’ of chicken, cheese and Iberico ham.
As a main, I went for the ‘Bacalhau A la Llauna’ Catalonyan style, served with cannellini beans. Here my mistake, I failed to ask if the fish was fried, and it was. Which wasn’t my preference. However, it was delicious, and not at all greasy.
For dessert, I opted for the seasonal fruit salad with passion fruit sauce. My verdict on this place, food is really good, service professional. I would definitely recommend it, if you are in Macau, and fancy a classy spanish-portuguese lunch, not in a casino.
After lunch, we went for a little stroll around the old town to visit the Penha Church on the hill, which dates back to 1622. It was built by a group of Augustinian followers and dedicated to Our Lady of Penha. From where we enjoyed the beautiful view over the city; and then walked down to Senado square and had a little taste of the famous and delicious Macau’s egg tarts, descendants of Portuguese ‘Pastes de Nata’.
Pousade De Sao Tiago
Avenida da Republica,
Fortaleza de Sao Tiago da Barra,
Macau – China
Phone:+853 2837 8111