3 Sardines is the name of a “petiscos” (a Portuguese kind of food similar to Spanish tapas) house in St. Lazarus district. The two-stories restaurant has a vintage vibe to it: with old-school TAP (a Portuguese carrier airline) seatings on its upper floor, customers can sit and enjoy all kinds of Portuguese-inspired dishes in small portions. That’s what “petiscos” is all about, sharing food amongst a group of people while savoring different things.
Highlights include pimentos padrón (grilled peppers), fried octopus, fried green beans, octopus salad, beef cubes with pickles, braised ribs, and braised chicken gizzards. The restaurant also exudes romantic vibes, with dim lights and vintage decor. The owner brought several items from second-hand fairs in Portugal, including old radios and televisions, and other items. The bar has high chairs and there are also regular tables scattered around the space. 3 Sardines is owned by the same person who manages Albergue 1601 and Pastéis de Chaves Macau, all located in the same neighborhood.
3 sardines Macau aims to bring to Macau a place where they can gather and savor some Portuguese dishes in small portions, also offering a wide array of choices, some of them exclusive to this restaurant. Recipes are made by Portuguese chef Pedro Almeida.
Opening hours: Wednesday–Monday, 5:00pm–11:00pm
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