Pinoy’s Charm in A Lorcha

Filipinos, or “Pinoys” as we call ourselves, are all over the world. The reasons vary from touring a place, visiting a relative, and probably the most common: being an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) and Macau is no exception to this.

As a tourist, I was very glad to see “kababayans” or countrymen in a must-try Portuguese food place in Macau, A Lorcha. It made our New Year’s Eve more special because my family and I were really taken care of by the staff. We felt home away from home with the hospitality of the Filipino staff.

Since we had a reservation there and we were getting late, we just took a cab going there. Also, it is located at the other end of Macau. So, it is advisable just to take a cab for convenience.

Facilities

The place has a very warm vibe, suggesting that families of different ages are very much welcome there. As of what I remembered, everyone was having a good time or maybe it was just me enjoying unlimited bread and butter. Haha!

More bread!!!

Customer Service

Superb! They were friendly not just to us Filipinos but to other foreigners and the locals as well. Honestly, I felt even prouder to be a Filipino when I was there.

Left to Right: Dad, Filipino Server (I forgot the name) and I

Behind me is a very friendly Filipino guard.

Food

According to internet sources, A Lorcha’s bestseller would be their clams in garlic and olive oil. We ordered that together with the other recommendations of our server, Portuguese rice and Portuguese chicken.

Clams in Garlic and Olive Oil: It was so good! It’s no doubt this dish is very famous.

Portuguese Rice: Western and Eastern flavors were infused very well in this dish. I am not a fan of the taste of chorizo, hence it was not my favorite but my mom really liked it.

Portuguese Chicken: I was confused with this because the Portuguese chicken that we ordered in Solmar was like chicken curry. With this one, it is actually peri-peri spiced chicken. It was flavorful, tender, and juicy! Our server said it’s better than Jollibee’s Chickenjoy. 🙂

Dining at A Lorcha last New Year’s Eve 2012 was really memorable for my family and I. The food was good. The service was exceptional. The whole experience was just awesome! I will surely go back in A Lorcha!

Overall Rating: 9/10

Details on A Lorcha

Address: 289 Rua Do Almirante Sergio, Macau

Telephone Number: 28313193 and 28313195

Website: A Lorcha on Facebook

Chinese Name: Thanks for the assistance of the tourism business center in Macau. They gave me the Chinese name for A Lorcha.Below is the scanned handwritten Chinese name of A Lorcha.

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Solmar: Take Two Please?

I was intrigued when I first read Solmar’s African Chicken on the must- try food places list that Ella gave me. African chicken? In Macau? What? I had no clue at all. Sorry.

african chicken

I tasted different spices which were infused very well. The chicken was very big. It’s as big as a turkey leg and thigh. I wonder if it was a GMO?

Because of this, we went to Solmar on our first day in Macau. As I have mentioned in my posts about guides to egg tarts from heaven and food encounters in Ruins of St. Paul, it is quite hard communicating with the locals. In addition to this, I also had a hard time finding the place because it was beside a construction site (with high safety fences and walls). Still, no one can stop me from trying it!

To understand what I’m talking about, I created an illustration. Below is my route going to Solmar. Click to read my thoughts while finding it. Please forgive my work.

Luckily, I got someone to write Solmar’s Chinese name.

Honestly, I can’t remember vividly our whole dining experience there. This might be because my allergy was in full blast when we were there. I was sniffing, rubbing my eyes, sneezing as if it was my last chance to do all these. I was not prepared as much as I should have been prepared. I did not take notes at all. My photos are not that impressive and other things went wrong. What I can remember is that it was such a great fulfillment when I found the place.

What I can remember is that my first impression was that Solmar’s use of dimmed lights, baroque-like paintings, and fixtures and furniture made the ambiance old and classy.

The customer service was not extraordinary. When I asked what the server what their best seller are besides African Chicken, she unenthusiastically suggested other dishes.

It was a good thing that we did not order a lot because the servings were huge. In fact, we were not able to finish all. These are the other dishes we ordered besides African Chicken.

I forgot the name but it’s similar to Yang Chow rice.

Portuguese Chicken: It tasted like chicken curry.

Free bread!!!

I am not really familiar with this type of cuisine but what I ate in Solmar was delicious. My dad, who has chicken as the bottom of the food pyramid instead of grains, liked the African Chicken. I liked it too but we both agreed that we prefer the Portuguese Chicken over the African Chicken.

My Solmar experience was not the best. Still, I would give it a second try to appreciate it more. I hope that my allergies would not kick in next time!

Solmar details:

Address: (Written in the calling card) Avenida da Praia Grande, 512 Macau (My reference) 8 Travessa da Praia Grande

Store Hours: 11:00 AM – 11:30 PM

Chinese Name: Please refer to the scanned calling card.

solmar map
 

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Macau’s Margaret Makes Egg Tarts from Heaven- Guiding Your Way

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I suggest you read ‘1/2 of Team foodmarks Goes to Macau!‘ first!

This particular food place is one of the main reasons why I really want to have a food blog like this.

Ella gave me the complete address for this but when I asked the locals for directions, they just shook their heads which is either a sign that maybe they do not understand English/Spanish address OR that they cannot just understand my poor hand writing….

What can you say about my handwriting?

For complete details and directions, please see the bottom part of this post.

Before being hopeless, I had a wonderful idea. I went to the nearest hotel from where I am desperately standing looking for solutions, Lisboa Hotel, pretending I am a guest there and I asked the concierge to give me directions. Apparently, he cannot also understand the address in English or Spanish. He asked help from other staff. After a few minutes, someone figured it out.

I really wanted to hug that person for sheer gratefulness but I did not because I was so tired and the fact that they may think I’m crazy.

Scanned from my daily calendar/ journal notebook: The hotel staff wrote the Chinese version of Margaret’s Cafe e Nata (See lower part)

Are you wondering where my parents are during this experience? They were just following me. I was walking ahead of them by around 5 feet. You know now how excited and interested I am to taste this damn egg tarts!

Also, my hype increased when I read some reviews from the internet saying that Margaret’s is better than Lord Stow’s, which is also a good egg tart place.

Okay, before you realize that I could have just used Google Maps to get there, I actually did. But Google Maps was no help when the location you are finding is hidden in an alley. Ha!

Finally, after some detours, Margaret’s Cafe e Nata! Halleluia! (Gospel song singing in my mind until now.)

Facilities

My parents and I were welcomed with long line and lack of seats. I can say that the place is really that famous and they have to add more tables and chairs- and benches! It was compact inside. Customers plus the staff (including the owner, Margaret) created so much heat inside. Also, the place was not well ventilated.

Beside this memo is another one stating that taking photos is not permitted inside the shop.

First foodmarks.ph appearance! I don’t really want to post pictures with my face on it but I need to share my excitement. That’s me super excited like a kid having a new toy. (Left: Hello Dad!)

Customer Service

Pay as you order is the method. Egg tarts are given right after paying. Hot beverages will be made and served. We waited for around five minutes before the drinks arrived. I observed that there’s a slight confusion and chaos from the waitresses serving these.

Since the cashier lady was Filipino, I did not have a hard time inquiring and ordering. The owner, Margaret was beside her. I was really happy seeing her even though she was a little bit bossy for the customers and the staff to hurry up. I guess this was part of the character of the cafe. I had no problem with it. I was just so delighted being there.

Food

We were too excited to try these, I forgot to take a picture of a complete box of 6!

Crust was flaky the way it should be. The custard was not too sweet nor not too bland. I like these egg tarts the best in comparison to the others I’d tasted in Macau.

My parents decided to order hot beverages because majority of diners were drinking these. Apologies for this but I cannot really remember the taste of the Cappuccino drink we ordered or even if I tasted it at all. I was just too focused on the egg tarts and taking photos!

The store also sells breads and other pastries but most of the customers prefer the egg tarts!

Is it worth all the effort finding Margaret’s Cafe? The satisfaction of successfully finding what is desired is priceless!

We went there the second time to buy as “pasalubong” (a gift bought from a trip).

I realized the second time we went that we often pass this place even the first time. I noticed that there was a sign going to the cafe. TIP: Do not miss this. Slow down!

FACT I read in the shop: Did you know that Margaret is the ex-wife of the owner of Lord’s Stow? After their relationship ended, she started her own cafe that specializes in Portuguese egg tart.

Overall Rating: 9/10

Details on Margaret’s Cafe e Nata

Address: (Printed on egg tart box) Rua do Comandate Mata e Oliveira 17-B, Edf. Gum Loi, Macau, (My reference) Rua Alm Costa Cabral R/C, Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro

Telephone Number: 28710032

Chinese Name: Please refer to the scanned calling card.

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1/2 of Team foodmarks Goes to Macau!

Hello!

This is Natz, one half of team foodmarks. The other half, Ella, is busy with her review study for the upcoming CPA board exams this October. Yay! Hence, we cannot travel often these days.

So I am here to share with you my journey in Macau (and a HK side trip) with my family. We celebrated New Year 2012 in the place called Vegas of Asia.

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With the advent of modern technology, internet is really useful in searching good places to go and to eat. Our trip in Macau is no exception. Since this is the first time my family and I will go to this country, I want to maximize it by going to the best food places.

With the help of my awesome partner in crime, Ella, she researched the food places that must be tried. Click the picture below to see it larger.

Sorry for my poor handwriting….

Combining old and new structures

In Macau, I tried my best to search for the recommendations from the internet. The problem that I had was that locals do not speak that much of English. Another problem is that I do not speak Chinese at all. Uhoh!

It was really a challenge to get to the places that are on the list.

Traveling to different countries is one of the motivations for foodmarks.ph, especially this Macau trip. One of the aims of the site is to help other foodies in exploring other countries easier by marking culinary journeys through quality photos and better information.

Portuguese influence is still evident but apparently, most locals can’t speak it.

Scanned from my daily calendar/ journal notebook: Notes from Macau travel

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