Ferry – Macau to Kowloon

Introduction
Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX
Eva Airlines Royal Laurel Business Class LAX-TPE
Eva Airlines Infinity Lounge – Taipei
Eva Airlines Royal Laurel Business Class TPE-SIN
Grand Hyatt Singapore
Ayam Penyet Ria Restaurant
Newton Hawker Center
People’s Park Hawker Center
Paradise Dynasty
Por Kee Eating House
Tambuah Mas Restaurant
Rainforest Airport Lounge
Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Petronas Towers
Jalan Alor
Cathay Pacific Business Class KUL-HKG
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
Victoria Peak
Tim Ho Wan
Hyatt Regency Tsim Sha Tsui
The Big Buddha
Ferry – Kowloon to Macau
Grand Hyatt Macau
Din Tai Fung – Macau
Old Town Macau
Restaurante Litoral
A Lorcha Restaurant
Ferry – Macau to Kowloon
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
The Bridge Cathay Pacific Lounge – Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific Business Class HKG-BKK
Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok
Ban Khun Mae
Thai Royal Orchid Lounge – Bangkok
Asiana Airlines Business Class BKK-ICN
Gwang Yang Korean BBQ Restaurant – Seoul
Asiana Business Class Lounge – Seoul
Asiana Airlines Business Class ICN-LAX

The original plan was to take the ferry from Macau back to Hong Kong Island since we were staying at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong again before heading to Bangkok.

However, after receiving the email from the Hyatt Regency Tsim Sha Tsui that I had left money in the safe before checking out we had to head back to Kowloon. After the disappointing room at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, I actually tried to make reservations at the Hyatt Regency Tsim Sha Tsui again, but the hotel was sold out for some reason and no rooms were available.

Macau Ferry Terminal
Macau Ferry Terminal
Macau Ferry Terminal
Macau Ferry Terminal

At the Macau Ferry Terminal, we bought our tickets to Kowloon.

The ferry ride was similar to our prior trip where you are given assigned seats, but again we had no problem sitting where we preferred.

The ferry ride back to Kowloon was a little smoother than the ride over.

Ferry Ride Time
Ferry Ride Time

A little more than an hour later, we were back at the China Ferry Terminal.

A Lorcha Restaurant – Macau

Introduction
Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX
Eva Airlines Royal Laurel Business Class LAX-TPE
Eva Airlines Infinity Lounge – Taipei
Eva Airlines Royal Laurel Business Class TPE-SIN
Grand Hyatt Singapore
Ayam Penyet Ria Restaurant
Newton Hawker Center
People’s Park Hawker Center
Paradise Dynasty
Por Kee Eating House
Tambuah Mas Restaurant
Rainforest Airport Lounge
Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Petronas Towers
Jalan Alor
Cathay Pacific Business Class KUL-HKG
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
Victoria Peak
Tim Ho Wan
Hyatt Regency Tsim Sha Tsui
The Big Buddha
Ferry – Kowloon to Macau
Grand Hyatt Macau
Din Tai Fung – Macau
Old Town Macau
Restaurante Litoral
A Lorcha Restaurant
Ferry – Macau to Kowloon
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
The Bridge Cathay Pacific Lounge – Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific Business Class HKG-BKK
Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok
Ban Khun Mae
Thai Royal Orchid Lounge – Bangkok
Asiana Airlines Business Class BKK-ICN
Gwang Yang Korean BBQ Restaurant – Seoul
Asiana Business Class Lounge – Seoul
Asiana Airlines Business Class ICN-LAX

A Lorche Restaurant
A Lorche Restaurant

A Lorcha Restaurant is the other well-known Portuguese Restaurant in Macau, and as previously mention is just steps away from Restaurante Litoral.

Bread
Bread

The meal started with some complimentary bread, which was more like a small French roll. The bread had some heft and texture to it.

Minced Beef Croquettes & Shrimp Pies
Minced Beef Croquettes & Shrimp Pies

The Croquetes de Carne (Minced Beef Croquettes) are thin and cylindrical. The meat is minced a little to finely and the texture gets a little lost.

The Rissois de Camarao (Shrimp Pies) are slightly larger. The exterior is crunchy, while the interior is creamy. There are not large pieces of shrimp in the pies, but they are good.

Clams
Clams

The Ameijoas “Bulhao Pato” (~$14 USD) are clams in a broth of garlic, coriander and olive oil. The dish is loaded with plenty of meaty clams, and in a broth that is perfect for sopping up with bread.

Minute Steak
Minute Steak

The Bitoque com Ovo Estralado e Batata Frita (~$17 USD), is a minute steak with fried egg and French fries. The steak had good flavor but was on the fatty side and was slightly tough. The egg was cooked over medium with a slightly runny yolk. If the egg had a runnier yolk, it would have made for a good sauce. The fries were slightly on the soggy side, which was a disappointment.

Serradura
Serradura

I once again tried Serradura (Biscuit Mousse) (~$6), hoping that it would be different at another restaurant. Sadly, this was very similar to the Serrudura I had a Reataurante Litoral which was basically unsweetened whipped cream with almost flavorless crushed biscuits on top. I guess I am more accustomed to American desserts which are much sweeter.

Caramel Egg Pudding
Caramel Egg Pudding

The Pudim de Ovos (Caramel Egg Pudding) (~$5.50) was a heavy, eggy flan. I like flan that is more silky and less eggy so this was not one of my favorite desserts.

Overall, I enjoyed the food at A Lorcha Restaurant more than I did at Restaurante Litorale based on this very small sampling of the menus. Service was also much better at A Lorche than Litoral which made for a better experience.

We did eat at A Lorcha Restaurant at lunch, which may account for the slightly lower prices as well.

I don’t think you can go wrong with either restaurant if looking for good food in Macau.

Restaurante Litoral – Macau

Introduction
Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX
Eva Airlines Royal Laurel Business Class LAX-TPE
Eva Airlines Infinity Lounge – Taipei
Eva Airlines Royal Laurel Business Class TPE-SIN
Grand Hyatt Singapore
Ayam Penyet Ria Restaurant
Newton Hawker Center
People’s Park Hawker Center
Paradise Dynasty
Por Kee Eating House
Tambuah Mas Restaurant
Rainforest Airport Lounge
Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Petronas Towers
Jalan Alor
Cathay Pacific Business Class KUL-HKG
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
Victoria Peak
Tim Ho Wan
Hyatt Regency Tsim Sha Tsui
The Big Buddha
Ferry – Kowloon to Macau
Grand Hyatt Macau
Din Tai Fung – Macau
Old Town Macau
Restaurante Litoral
A Lorche Restaurant
Ferry – Macau to Kowloon
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
The Bridge Cathay Pacific Lounge – Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific Business Class HKG-BKK
Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok
Ban Khun Mae
Thai Royal Orchid Lounge – Bangkok
Asiana Airlines Business Class BKK-ICN
Gwang Yang Korean BBQ Restaurant – Seoul
Asiana Business Class Lounge – Seoul
Asiana Airlines Business Class ICN-LAX

There are two renowned Portuguese restaurants in Macau, and they just happen to be about 100 yards apart.

Restaurante Litoral
Restaurante Litoral

Restaurante Litoral is slightly more formal, but dressing casual is totally acceptable, while A Lorche Restaurant is a little more casual.

We happened to be in the area when the restaurant first opened, and were actually the first customers there.

Bread Service
Bread Service

Meal service started with some rolls and butter. The rolls had a slightly crunchy exterior with a pillowy soft interior. Unfortunately the butter was still slightly hard and trying to spread it tore the bread to shreds.

Pasteis de Bacalhau (Cod Fish Cakes)
Pasteis de Bacalhau (Cod Fish Cakes)

The Pasteis de Bacalhau (Cod Fish Cakes) (~$10 USD) came 6 to an order. The fish cakes were crunchy on the exterior, and soft and flaky on the interior. The fish cakes were on the salty side, as the salted cod wasn’t completely purged of all of the salt.

Lingua de Vaca Estufada (Braised Ox Tongue)
Lingua de Vaca Estufada (Braised Ox Tongue)
Rice
Rice

The Lingua de Vaca Estufada (Braised Ox Tongue) (~$20 USD) came in a tomato based stew with carrots and potatoes. The tongue was very tender. The dish came with a bowl of rice. This was a very good dish and would order it again.

Galinha Africana (African Chicken)
Galinha Africana (African Chicken)

The Galinha Africana (African Chicken) (~$25 USD) was a half chicken smothered in a tomato based sauce full of spices. The sauce was on the sweeter side, and could have used some heat. The chicken was grilled and very tender. The dish reminded me of the Indonesian dish Ayam Bakar, except for the heat. This dish is lauded by many, but was a little too sweet for my taste.

Serrudura (Biscuit Mousse)
Serrudura (Biscuit Mousse)

The Serrudura (Biscuit Mousse) (~$4.50) is another heralded dish. In Macanese is means sawdust pudding, which doesn’t sound very appealing. The dish is made with a base of whipped cream, vanilla and condensed milk, which is then topped with crushed biscuits. The dessert does not have a lot of taste, as the whipped cream did not taste like it was sweetened at all. The biscuits also have almost no taste. As I had never had this dessert before, I thought I was missing something since people talk about it so fondly. To me, I just don’t see what the appeal is.

The staff was friendly, but service was super slow despite us being the first ones in the restaurant. The restaurant quickly began to fill after we were seated. After the cod fish cakes, the braised ox tongue came out after an appropriate period of time, but the African chicken took almost an hour to be brought to the table which I felt was totally unacceptable. There was no apology from the staff.

Unfortunately, the meal did not outweigh the missteps of the staff. I would eat here again when in Macau though.

Old Town Macau

Introduction
Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX
Eva Airlines Royal Laurel Business Class LAX-TPE
Eva Airlines Infinity Lounge – Taipei
Eva Airlines Royal Laurel Business Class TPE-SIN
Grand Hyatt Singapore
Ayam Penyet Ria Restaurant
Newton Hawker Center
People’s Park Hawker Center
Paradise Dynasty
Por Kee Eating House
Tambuah Mas Restaurant
Rainforest Airport Lounge
Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Petronas Towers
Jalan Alor
Cathay Pacific Business Class KUL-HKG
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
Victoria Peak
Tim Ho Wan
Hyatt Regency Tsim Sha Tsui
The Big Buddha
Ferry – Kowloon to Macau
Grand Hyatt Macau
Din Tai Fung – Macau
Old Town Macau
Restaurante Litoral
A Lorche Restaurant
Ferry – Macau to Kowloon
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
The Bridge Cathay Pacific Lounge – Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific Business Class HKG-BKK
Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok
Ban Khun Mae
Thai Royal Orchid Lounge – Bangkok
Asiana Airlines Business Class BKK-ICN
Gwang Yang Korean BBQ Restaurant – Seoul
Asiana Business Class Lounge – Seoul
Asiana Airlines Business Class ICN-LAX

Old Town Macau
Old Town Macau

Macau is a mix of old and new. A former Portuguese colony up until 1999, it is now part of the People’s Republic of China, and along with Hong Kong, is one of the two special administrative regions of China.

Although Las Vegas is probably considered the gambling capital of the world, Macau has had an influx of casinos since opening up Macau to foreign operators in 2002. Macau is THE gambling capital of the world, and it’s really not even a contest.

In 2013, Macau’s gambling revenue was about $45 billion, compared to Las Vegas’ $6.5 billion.

Away from all the lights and glitzy exteriors of the casinos, sits Old Town Macau, which has tried to hold onto some of its Portuguese heritage. Yes, there is a large influx of shopping mixed within the old city along with a heavy Chinese influence.

Old Town Macau Historical Sites
Old Town Macau Historical Sites
Signs
Signs
Signs
Signs
Signs
Signs

Signs to historical landmarks are well posted throughout the city.

Sam Kai Vui Kun Temple
Sam Kai Vui Kun Temple
Sam Kai Vui Kun Temple
Sam Kai Vui Kun Temple

Sam Kai Vui Kun Temple.

Holy House of Mercy
Holy House of Mercy
Holy House of Mercy
Holy House of Mercy

Holy House of Mercy.

St. Dominic's Church
St. Dominic’s Church
St. Dominic's Church
St. Dominic’s Church

St. Dominic’s Church.

The Bishop's House
The Bishop’s House
The Bishop's House
The Bishop’s House

The Bishop’s House.

Cathedral
Cathedral
Cathedral
Cathedral

Cathedral.

Mount Fortress
Mount Fortress
Mount Fortress
Mount Fortress
Mount Fortress
Mount Fortress
Mount Fortress
Mount Fortress

Mount Fortress.

Ruin's of St. Paul's
Ruin’s of St. Paul’s
Ruin's of St. Paul's
Ruin’s of St. Paul’s
Ruin's of St. Paul's
Ruin’s of St. Paul’s
Ruin's of St. Paul's
Ruin’s of St. Paul’s
Ruin's of St. Paul's
Ruin’s of St. Paul’s

Ruins of St. Paul’s.

This is just a small glimpse of Macau’s past.

If visiting Macau, I do think it is worth it to spend one day away from the casinos in order to explore the Old Town.

Din Tai Fung – Macau

Introduction
Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX
Eva Airlines Royal Laurel Business Class LAX-TPE
Eva Airlines Infinity Lounge – Taipei
Eva Airlines Royal Laurel Business Class TPE-SIN
Grand Hyatt Singapore
Ayam Penyet Ria Restaurant
Newton Hawker Center
People’s Park Hawker Center
Paradise Dynasty
Por Kee Eating House
Tambuah Mas Restaurant
Rainforest Airport Lounge
Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Petronas Towers
Jalan Alor
Cathay Pacific Business Class KUL-HKG
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
Victoria Peak
Tim Ho Wan
Hyatt Regency Tsim Sha Tsui
The Big Buddha
Ferry – Kowloon to Macau
Grand Hyatt Macau
Din Tai Fung – Macau
Old Town Macau
Restaurante Litoral
A Lorche Restaurant
Ferry – Macau to Kowloon
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
The Bridge Cathay Pacific Lounge – Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific Business Class HKG-BKK
Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok
Ban Khun Mae
Thai Royal Orchid Lounge – Bangkok
Asiana Airlines Business Class BKK-ICN
Gwang Yang Korean BBQ Restaurant – Seoul
Asiana Business Class Lounge – Seoul
Asiana Airlines Business Class ICN-LAX

Din Tai Fung, the infamous dumpling house originating in Taiwan, and known for their Xaio Long Bao, or soup dumplings, has an outlet in the City of Dreams center.

I was feeling kind of under the weather so I really wanted some soup.

Wonton Soup
Wonton Soup

The Shrimp and Pork Wonton soup has a rich, chicken broth and plenty of plump and juicy dumplings. Although very good and satisfying, it doesn’t hold a candle to the wonton soup at New King Restaurant.

Braised Beef Soup
Braised Beef Soup

The Braised Beef soup, has a rich, fatty soup base that envelopes your mouth like a warm kiss. Unfortunately, it really has no taste since it was sorely under seasoned. The key to the richness of the soup is the big, chunks of fatty beef which releases all of its collagen as it braises. The meat to fat ratio of the beef was not to my liking however.

Fried Pork Chop
Fried Pork Chop

The Fried Pork Chop is pounded out to into a thin cutlet. It is then breaded and fried. The pork was well seasoned, but a little on the greasy side.

Shrimp and Pork Shao Mai
Shrimp and Pork Shao Mai

The Shrimp and Pork Shao Mai is beautifully presented, and look like little shrimp soldiers getting ready for battle. The skin is nice and chewy, and there is plenty of filling.

Long Beans
Long Beans

The Long Beans with Ground Pork is a good dish. The beans are pliant yet still have some texture to them. The pork adds some nice flavor, while the garlic adds a nice little kick at the end.

This was a good, but not great meal. I am probably in the minority, but I don’t see what the fuss is all about over Din Tai Fung. In Los Angeles, the wait times are horrendous, and the prices are very high.