White Beach Path, Ambulong, Manoc-Manoc, Malay 5608
AVERAGE USER RATING
Cuisine: Portuguese, Fish & Seafood
Contact:+63 36 288 5167
Open Hours: 8a-10p M-Su
This restaurant owes its reputation not only to the culinary skills of the Portuguese owner, but also to his charisma. He is a former lawyer from ... More
This restaurant owes its reputation not only to the culinary skills of the Portuguese owner, but also to his charisma. He is a former lawyer from Macau who opted for a life in the kitchen. Half alfresco and half roofed, the restaurant looks like a tavern, with bamboo chairs and blue tablecloths. Seafood and grilled specialties, along with Portuguese delicacies, are the order of the day. Try the prawn cocktail or the different bacalhau preparations. Cataplana mista (seafood and meat cooked in a special pan) is highly popular at PHP600 for two. Wine and beer to complement your meal.
Banza Restaurant at Taipa Island is one or probably the best Portuguese Restaurant in Macao (China). The owner doesn't make any compromise mixing the Mediterrenean food with Chinese food, the type Macanese food is known. The quality of the recipes is astonishing and the wines available exquisite. The Portuguese wines are much better then the Spanish, Australian or American wines because they conserve the tradition of a selected group of grapes to reach the best bouquet. You may drink a fine Portuguese wine by 150 HK dollars (15 Euros) half of the price you get an average French wine. Don't hesitate. The space is cozy, nice, well decorated, is stylish.
Banza is one of the restaurants we look forward to eating in when we go to Boracay. Banza does serve up a feast worth having everytime but be careful here! When the owner (Banza) is around coz he's a bit sneaky!
I had dinner with a few friends there for my birthday once and when he found out it was my birthday he declared that he was going to make me something special! Little did i know he was going to charge me for it!!! He brought out a small plate with ice cream and 4 small slices of cake (like a pound cake) with a candle on top. It wasn't anything spectacular but imagine my surprise when the bill came and that ice cream thing cost me P600!!! not worth it all specially since i didnt order it!
Banza has one of the best Sangria's on the island but be careful about that too as each small pitcher costs P750 (that's the price from 2 years ago ha, must be double by now).
Plus dont ask for any extra bread coz he'll charge you for that too!!! 75 pesos for a small basket with 4 small slices of french bread!!! Even in Makati you can get a whole roll of french bread for that amount!
Overall, the food is good but just make sure you don't get gyped. I think the owner should inform customers that there will be extra charges for each and every extra item. That's just fair isn't it?
The onion soup was so-so. Given that it was a puree of potato in a perhaps chicken stock garnished with white onion rings and scallions, my own personal grade for the soup was 6 out of 10. Meaning that it was edible and filling.
My main entree of Portuguese style sirloin left little to be desired. The vegetable garnish taste like boiled carrots and "upo" (bland melon like variety of vegetable) swimming in clarified butter (at least I hope it was clarified butter). Whoever the butcher was for the restaurant should get a refresher course in slicing meat. Seriously, at a bare minimum, every decent food handler would know that the proper way to slice meat is across the grain. My jaw is still throbbing from the chewing.
If the food is so bad why didn't I complain? Simple: I was hungry and could not bear to wait for the owner to botch up the job of pleasing this simple customer. Sure, they could have easily charged the meal on the house, but I feel that I was doing them a favor considering that I was the only customer for the night. Depriving them of the 745 pesos ($14.00) for the day might make all the scantily clad waitresses go hungry.
Additionally, since when did customer service equal an undertrained plethora of servers? I was tempted to get a hearing aid because the servers could barely articulate regurgitating my order back to me before facilitating it to the kitchen.
The bafflement falls on me. Why did I bother with this restaurant for the price I paid? I was curious as to what a Portuguese menu had to offer. $14 spent on poorly made food when just a few steps away they were offering $3.40 buffets. I should have just opted for the fejoada but then it must be ordered in advance.
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