64 Rua da Felicidade, Macau
Visited 3rd July 2009
Fat Siu Lau is apparently Macau's oldest restaurant, founded by 1903. Situated on a side street south-west of Senado Square it takes a bit of effort to find, but the area's winding old streets are worth a wonder. One the way you'll pass plenty of places selling almond biscuits; Macau's chess cookies have to be the most heavily touted food in the world. The ridiculously long line at immigration meant that by the time we'd checked into our hotel and managed to find Fat Siu Lau it was after nine-thirty and unbelievably for Macau on a Friday night the restaurant was empty. By the look of things the place had recently been re-decorated and the while looking a little too white and modern it's tastefully done and manages to maintain a sense of old-style Macau charm.
The Portuguese inspired menu had all the Macau classics I've come to expect and we decided to share a serve of African Chicken and Portuguese style fried rice. African Chicken is a Macau speciality with origins in the old trade routes that came via Goa and Portugal's Moorish heritage. The dish we were presented with was delicious; the tender chicken came with a well balanced, spicy coconut based sauce. The chicken went well with the meaty fried rice that was packed full of mince, sausage, egg and cabbage. To drink we shared a bottle of Casal Garcia Vinho Verde, a pleasant food wine that matched well with the spicy chicken.
Despite sitting in an empty restaurant I enjoyed my time at Fat Siu Lau. The staff were courteous and we didn't feel pressured to leave despite being the last punters of the day. Our meal was good and not bad value. The chicken was MOP136 and the rice MOP80, though MOP150 for the wine was a bit much when most of the competition sell the same bottle for MOP100, though this is only expensive by Macau standards and compared to Hong Kong is still good value. Portuguese joints are a dime a dozen in Macau and while Fat Siu Lau probably isn't my favourite it dishes up tasty enough grub to make it worth a visit.
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