When it comes to genuine Macanese cuisine, we’re happy to forego fancy digs in exchange for truly authentic food—and make no mistake, Riquexo is the real deal. Tucked down an alley off Avenida Sidonio Pais in São Lázaro, this beloved canteen-style restaurant may be short on atmosphere (fluorescent lighting, steam tables) but it goes long on deliciousness, with a picture menu of full-flavored, iconic dishes like minchi and Portuguese chicken curry. It’s probably not the place to take a client to lunch, let alone impress a date, but we’re drawn back by the simplicity of it all—just unpretentious, soul-nourishing food done right. You can dine al fresco or in the air-conditioned café decorated with pictures of Old Macao, and eavesdrop on regulars speaking Patua, a unique local dialect. A cold beer or quaffable wine makes the perfect pairing. And of course Riquexo is great value: The set lunch menu (including soup, main course, and dessert) starts at just $75 MOP. If you’re lucky you might meet the café’s gregarious 101-year-old founder, Dona Aida de Jesus, who’s justly hailed as the “godmother of Macanese cuisine.”
Riquexo Café is located off Avenida Sidonio Pais in São Lázaro, on the Macao Peninsula, about 20 minutes by car from the Conrad.
RIQUEXO CAFÉ: 69 Avenida Sidonio Pais, Macao ; +853-2856 5655; Open daily 12PM–9PM