A taste of Macau in Times Square
A new restaurant in the beating heart of Hong Kong is becoming a big hit with crowds from the nearby UA cinema keen to sample classic Macanese fare
1302, 13/F Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay
Opening next to the UA cinema in Times Square, Café Terceira offers Macanese dishes influenced by Portuguese flavours, and is a perfect pre- and post-movie dining spot. The light, airy and inviting interior is decorated in traditional Portuguese tiles.
Dining with a Portuguese friend, we found it hard to choose as the menu offered many Macanese favourites such as rack of lamb curry (HK$185) and African chicken (HK$178), and sweets like warm sweet potato cake with honey yogurt (HK$68).
We went for starters of greens and potato soup with Portuguese chorizo (HK$58), and pumpkin soup with crabmeat and shrimps (HK$62). The greens and potato was my favourite, while the chorizo added the perfect amount of saltiness and flavour.
For mains, we tried the Portuguese roasted suckling pig with fat chips and vegetables (HK$218). The generous meaty portions had perfectly roasted crispy skin. The homestyle creamy bacalhau and potato au gratin (HK$128) was hearty and tasty, with the right amount of gratin – creamy, but not too cheesy. The spaghetti with chorizo, black truffle and shrimp roe (HK$148) was a hit. The strong flavours balanced well.
We ended with the classic serradura (HK$38) which was rich and creamy and had less biscuit than the traditional dish, which I loved. The Grand Prix on the drinks menu was interesting – a hot chocolate with fresh ginger, tabasco and black pepper, a nod to the Portuguese love of hot peppers. It was a rich, spicy drink, and better taken at the end of the meal.