One of the most highly recommended restaurants online in Macau is Fernando. We took a free shuttle to the Venetian, crossed their bus parking lot (on your left before you enter the hotel), crossed the street and turned right (going left would bring you to the direction of Galaxy) to the bus stop. We waited for Bus No. 9 which stops at Hac Sa Beach. We left Venetian around 11:15 am and arrived around 12:40 pm, no traffic, it was a weekday.
|Hac Sa Beach final bus stop|
We almost missed the restaurant too because seeing the beach, a parking space, a walled compound and small stores lining the street made it so easy to see this humble entry way as just a bunch of trees. Or maybe it was the hunger?! There are no visible signage outside the restaurant so just look for that bunch of foliage and go right in :)
|Inside dining area|
We got ushered inside past the open doorway, a dining area, a wall of foreign currency, an al fresco dining space, an open bar and finally inside this charming dining area. We arrived a little before noon on a weekday which is probably the best time to visit this place as there is no line for waiting that is often reported online.
|Chinese Fried rice|
|Roasted Suckling Pig|
The infamous roasted suckling pig. Juicy, tender meat falling off the bone. Portions of fat melting from the skin through the meat to the bone down to the plate. Thin crispy crunchy skin. I don't even like dark meat (don't judge!) but I didn't mind it this time because the meat tasted so "clean" for lack of a better word. Anyone who doesn't like dark meat would get what I mean. It's worth the hype I can say. Worth the price tag too. Way better than the babi guling (suckling pig) in Bali. However, I have to say that Cebu lechon (roasted suckling pig) is better. In terms of the way it was cooked, Fernando probably makes the meat more tender, but the distinct taste of Cebu lechon is incomparable. Trust me, you haven't tasted roasted suckling pig until you've had some CnT or Rico's Cebu Lechon. I might need another serving or two.. or three of these babies before I can decide with finality which is the best.
We got a table by the window because it was really hot. Midday dry heat of Macau. Did I say mention the place has NO air-conditioning???
|Al fresco dining|
This is the outside dining area perfect for that wine or Sangria.
Took a side trip to the beach because, beach :)
Location: Praia de Hac Sa, N'9, Coloane, Macau
Operating Hours: 12:00 noon until 9:30 pm (Last order)
Tel: (+853) 882264, 882531, 882693
OVERALL: ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎ out of 5 stars.
Casual dining. Mid-high price range (total bill was MOP 412). Food on the salty side. Out of town. Portugese chorizo! Everything was cooked well. Place was clean. Servers accommodating. Relaxed vibe.