March 10, 2011

文員網球會利安餐廳 Leon

Straight off from the ferry, I hurried over to Leon, a tennis club, to enjoy a family meal. I've eaten at Leon so many times in the past because the food is always excellent and it's easy to find parking. Yes... parking is a huge deal for my dad. He seems to care about being able to find parking than the actual quality of the food. When I arrived, my dad has already ordered everything, starting with a colourful plate of mixed green salad (蔬菜沙律). He orders this at every restaurant for his health, but I'm starting to wonder whether it really makes up for all the meat that he eats...
Caldo Verde (薯蓉青菜湯) is something that we always order at every Portuguese restaurant. We don't really think twice about it. This one is as good as they make it at any restaurant, but nothing too memorable. I usually enjoy this with a drizzle of olive oil to enhance the flavours.
Bacalhau Cozido (白烚馬介休) is actually my least favourite dish of everything that we ordered. The fish is cooked in olive oil and accompanied by onions, carrots, and lettuce, cooked in a similar manner. It's a rather simple dish that highlights the flavour of the fish at its purest form. However, I'm not a fan of the saltiness of the bacalhau, so I didn't eat a lot of this. I find the veggies rather bland as well.
Grilled Sardine (燒沙丁魚) was much better, in my opinion. A squeeze of the lime was the perfect garnish that complemented the nicely charred skin of the fish. The flavours were bright and fresh, and we all enjoyed the sardine immensely.
Baked pork chop rice (闊佬豬扒飯) was lovely and addictive. The crispy pieces of pork chop were delightfully fatty and tasty. The fried rice is deliciously drenched in the thick, rich tomato sauce that I adore. I strategically placed the rice right in front of my plate, so I could indulge myself in this tasty concoction. It was truly a gastronomic treat.
Surprisingly, this was my first time sampling the Galinha à Africana (非洲雞), a famous dish in Portuguese cuisine- barbequed chicken coated with a spicy piri piri sauce. The spicy sauce was incredibly rich and fragrant, and I mopped up a lot of it with bread. The chicken was well-prepared and not overly tough, but the sauce definitely stood out and elevated the dish. I also enjoyed the potato with a lot of sauce. I'll definitely be ordering this again in the future.
Smoked pork hocks (德國咸豬手) is a dish made in heaven. We order this every single time because they make it so well here. The pork skin is amazingly crispy, almost crunchy, and I could eat a whole plate of just the skin. Underneath the skin, the fat and meat are in perfect balance. The pork hock is tender and not overly salty. Together, the skin, fat and meat combine into a perfect symphony of flavours and texture just bursting in your mouth. So even though I'm not entirely sure this dish is Portuguese in nature, it was the highlight of the meal.
Serradura (木糠布甸) is a typical Macanese dessert. Literally "sawdust pudding", Leon's version was rather a let down compared to the rest of the meal. For my next visit, I shall stick to the mouthwatering entrees instead.
文員網球會利安餐廳 Leon

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