Sunset Goddess Manila’s Reminiscing Macau 2008 Series. Click here for the TRAVEL GUIDE.
Not surprisingly, most (if not all) of the staff were Filipino, which made it quite easy for us to order and ask about what’s good to eat. I did my research and learned that Litoral has one of the best Galinha Africana or “African Chicken” (HK$180), a must-try Macanese dish.
I really really loved this dish. It’s somewhat similar to our Filipino adobo and afritada, although it has a very thick sauce. And although the taste was very “familiar”, the flavors and spices were very different from our own local dishes. I guess the similarity is because of our own Spanish colonial heritage, which is quite close to the Portuguese. Anyway, do not go to Macau without getting a taste of African Chicken because it’s really good. 🙂
We heard that Litoral also has good curry crab but we didn’t order it since I’m allergic. We also loved Litoral’s serradura (HK$35), a biscuit mousse which is a popular Macanese dessert.
After dinner, we then went to explore Macau on foot. Macau at night is definitely not as bustling as Hong Kong, which I guess is because all the action in nighttime Macau is in the casinos, where we also spent time losing and winning money :). Unfortunately, taking pictures inside the casinos is not allowed.
We did go to the Grand Emperor Hotel, a three star hotel and is conveniently located in the Macau peninsula. I would recommend this hotel if you want to stay in the peninsula but your budget doesn’t permit you to stay at the Wynn or MGM and you don’t want to stay in the Cotai strip hotels like the Venetian.
Afterwards, we went back to the Venetian Macao and decided to enjoy the sights of our hotel, without the tourist and daytripper crowd. Posting some photos here of the more memorable shops as well.
|At St. Mark’s Square of the Venetian Macao|
Going around the Venetian Shoppes (even though they were already closed!)
|Rimowa at the Venetian Macao. Back when there was no Rimowa yet in the Philippines|
|Manchester United store at the Venetian Macao|
I am so glad I bought this Adidas Philippine flag jacket for the trip (limited edition and is no longer produced today because of threatened lawsuit from the government for illegal use of flag representation). Instant recognition from fellow Filipinos working in Macau. And that means, super great service! 🙂
My Roman Holiday lion moment! Or in this case, Venetian 🙂
Rua do Almirante Sergio (near the A-Ma Temple)
Open for lunch from 12 pm- 3 pm and for dinner from 530-1030 pm