When you only have 2D1N to spend in Macau, perhaps you won't even think of going to Coloane, the southern-most island in Macau. However, I purposely spent some time the other day to find Fernando's to try its famous charcoal-grilled chicken. Oh, the restaurant is conveniently located near Hac Sa Beach.
Galinha Assada na Brasa (1/4) MOP 50.00 (~S$8.05)
True enough, it was one of the best charcoal-grilled chicken I've ever had! The chicken was fall-off-the-bone tender and really juicy, seasoned with various spices and adequate amount of pepper that packed a punch to the taste buds. The potato wedges were slightly crispy on the outside, and nicely soft on the inside.
Prego MOP 38.00 (~S$6.10)
While Macau is famous for its pork chop bun, Fernando's has its own version with beef. The beef was pretty juicy, sautéed with quite a substantial amount of garlic to make it flavourful and aromatic. The bread, unfortunately, wasn't as enjoyable as it was a bit tough and the outer layer was kinda dry.
Pudim MOP 26.00 (~S$4.20)
The egg pudding wasn't entirely smooth, but it was pretty eggy. Also, I found the sauce to be a bit weird in terms of taste, unlike the usually charming caramel sauce, although it actually had a nice consistency: neither too thick nor too thin.
It was one of the biggest bread that came with a main course I've ever seen! It wasn't entirely fluffy, but still better than the beef bun earlier. Besides that, it was powdery. And hmm, who dislikes Anchor® Butter? :P
Fernando's is the place to go if you're looking for a casual, rustic dining atmosphere which I believe isn't prevalent in Macau. I reached the restaurant at around 4.00pm, and there weren't many people dining at that time so that it was relaxingly quiet. Pika's advice: Make sure you bring enough cash with you. As far as I know, they don't accept credit cards. Also, you cannot make reservations, except for large parties on weekdays!
9 Praia de Hac Sa
(Daily: 12 noon - 9.30pm)
*Prices quoted are nett prices.
Have a nice meal,