Whenever I travel someplace new, I love to sample the food. And there were two things that really stood out as the ‘must-dos’ while I was in Macau: Fernando’s and Lord Stowe’s bakery for Portugese egg tarts. And as luck would have it, both were in Coloane where I’d be staying. In fact, Fernando’s is a short walk up the beach from the Westin, and we decided on dinner there our first full day in Macau. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from Fernando’s. It’s a beach place, most of the reviews seemed to suggest that it was more or less ‘famous for being famous’ rather than good, or perhaps living on past reputation. So in my mind I put it in the box of “Bloody Mary’s on Bora Bora.” Everyone is supposed to go there but there’s no good reason why. To mangle a line from Casablanca, “everyone goes to Fernando’s.” But to my surprise it was really quite good. And best I could figure is that the negative reviews seem to come from people ordering fish and the positive reviews from people ordering pork. So I stuck to pork. Service is certainly slow even when the restaurant wasn’t busy. The bread earns raves but I wasn’t impressed. And having put some olive pits in the butter dish (gasp) I saw them take the pits out so they could re-use the butter which we hadn’t touched. Ok, we’re not following the usual health department guidelines I’m used to in the US, and thank goodness for that! Because the pork was absolutely delicious.