So, I woke up the next day with a plan. We have to dine at an authentic Macanese or Portuguese restaurant before we fly back home. The question is, where to? Thanks to the impressively fast WiFi connection available in our hotel room, I began checking out blogs and later on narrowed my list down to two. It was a toss between Fernando's at Coloane or A Lorcha near the A-Ma Temple. Since we didn't have much time and A-Ma Temple is just a bus ride away from our hotel, this was eventually my choice. I'm saying my because Paul was still in lalaland while I was doing my research and I just wanted to surprise him with our authentic Portuguese lunch date plan.
So this was how the drama queen in me got us a table. I opened the door, as they were still closed when we got there and saw the staff busily fixing the table. I politely asked if I can make a reservation for two and probably noticing my accent, the Chinese waitstaff called a Pinoy waiter to attend to me. I asked him if they still have a table for two and he apologized and said they're fully booked as it was a Sunday.
Then the dramatic act began.
I put on my ala-Puss in Boots pleading eyes with matching pout and told him that we're heading back to the Philippines that evening. It would be really great if he can find a small table for two for us to be able to try A Lorcha before heading home. I think I said please a dozen times just to stress that I really really really wanted to dine there. He sighed and told me to come back in 15 minutes. We wondered if that was a yes but we obediently waited outside. At exactly 1PM, I opened the still-closed door and flashed him my biggest smile while asking if we can go in already. The waiter apparently created a small corner table to fit us in and we were so grateful for his kind act. Wasn't he just awesome?
but wait... we're not done yet.
We're so happy that our last meal was at A Lorcha and indeed gave us a good memory of Macau. We were so full after our meal that we decided to check out the A-Ma Temple beside it as well as the small stores and bakery behind it. I love the quiet, rustic charm in this part of town.
Just to share with you that our server was not kidding that they were fully booked that day (and almost everyday, for that matter):
*photos by: Paul Ang
Hotel Sintra in Macau
A Lorcha is located at Rua Almirante Sergio No.289, Sao Lourenco, Macau. Take my word for it, call to reserve -- 2831 3195