During my recent visit to Macau; I had the pleasure of dining at the very charming and authentic Portuguese restaurant Antonio. Located in Taipa village; Restaurant Antonio is a tiny colonial house located literally across the street from the Galaxy Resort Hotel where I was staying. I was invited to dine there by my dear friend and colleague Siana Iong, Chef Concierge of MGM GRAND Macau. I was absolutely fascinated by the transformation of literally crossing the street and entering another world of colonial charm with tiny streets and alleyways and open almost “piazza-like’ squares. It is there that you will find on corner the Portuguese tiled Sign of Antonio. The Front Doorway which is also quite European-Colonial is sometimes closed; therefore just simply turn left on the side and enter from the back kitchen area; you will be amazed as you arrive and enter a colonial house full of hand carved wooden furnishings and tiles and the warm embrace of the staff and owner.
The Chef and Owner Antonio Coelho is an expert in the kitchen as well as a perfect host in the dining room. Chef Antonio is a Star Chef of Macau and his restaurant has been awarded by Michelin, The Louis Vuiton Guide, Chaine des Rotisseurs, among others.
It is truly a feast of the best of Portuguese cuisine with signature classics such as; honey fired goat cheese on truffle toast, wonderful house-cured olives and home baked breads, the main course as shown above: Grilled Prawns with garlic sauce and classic Bacalau with perfectly cooked vegetables.
Chef Antonio displays his talents as he prepares a very special flaming dessert for the guests in his dining room. I highly recommend a visit to Restaurant Antonio in Macau; located in the historic district of Taipa Village and so very convenient to all the hotels located in Cotai!! Thank you very much Chef Antonio and Siana Iong!!