If you had to choose the most traditional word to define Portugal, “Fado” would probably be the way to go. The word itself means “fate”, but it is also used to describe the most famous Portuguese music style. That, of course, was taken into consideration as well for the opening of the restaurant “Fado”, a Portuguese dining concept in Hotel Royal offering authentic Portuguese cuisine to discerning diners.
Led by one of the most prestigious recognized Chef’s in Portugal, Luís Américo, the restaurant aims to revitalize classic recipes and flavors brought from Portugal, offering a unique experience to visitors. “I was in Macau around four years ago in an event at Clube Militar. It was a very interesting experience and it was then I met the owners of Hotel Royal. They really enjoyed the kitchen style presented and they contacted us to do a partnership”, said Chef Luís Américo, regarding on how it all started.
Offering 100% Portuguese food as far as the process goes, “Fado” also aims for a modern twist and presentation. “It has my personal touch, of course, because I’m the Chef, but it’s very Portuguese-like kind of food. I can’t say there is a signature dish because there is a lot of diversity on the menu, it depends on what the people like more”.
Even so, Chef Luís Américo has no doubts that the codfish (“Bacalhau à Brás”) is probably the most successful dish in “Fado” also because “it is very connected to the Portuguese cuisine”. Another feature that makes the codfish so popular among the costumers has to do with the way it is presented. For this dish, Chef Luís Américo brought up the cart to the table with a carry-on oven and prepared the cod with egg and angel hair-fried potatoes, and the end result was just superb. “It aims to bring back one of the traditions from Portuguese and international hotels from the 70’s, when it was usual to bring some small carts near the tables and cook in front of the guests. It was something that people would remember and it’s one thing we tried to bring to ‘Fado’”.
At first, the idea was to use this dish for one year and then change to another one, but it was so popular that Chef Luís Américo decided to keep it on the menu. Another very popular dish from the restaurant comes in the end, with a delicious pumpkin lava cake with white cheese mousse and toasted almonds which tastes as good as it looks. “It’s one dessert that the Chinese people love. They don’t like very sweet things, and even though it has some sugar, it has a very unique combination of flavors, making it an unexpected success for me”, he said.
As for the space itself, “Fado” offers a very bright and colorful environment, which combines perfectly with the food, providing an unforgettable take on the Portuguese cuisine.