The One With Florinda Cafe – Macau Crispy Buns

If you have set sail for Macau from Shun Tak Ferry Terminal, one of the two in Hong Kong with ferry service to the land of casino fortune, chances are you would have noticed this char chan teng, which seems a little different from all the other that you may have encountered before.

Florinda Cafe Macau Restaurant (澳門茶餐廳) is somewhat a teaser of what awaits you at the end of your 45 minutes journey by sea… no, it’s not the casino; do you mind! But of its food.

Florinda Cafe At Shun Tak Centre, Sheung Wan

After all, this eatery, which can seat some 140 patrons comfortably, offers a wide selection of Macanese and Portuguese fare in a char chan teng setting. I was in the mall one Sunday looking for a photo shop in frustration (it’s a short story too boring to be told here, even as a P.S.), and as it was about brunch time, I decided to regroup my down spirit and have a bite.

Macau’s Crispy Bun Set (HK$15)

Florinda Cafe At Shun Tak Centre, Sheung Wan

If this is not a calorie bomb, I do not know what is. A deadly combination of three of my favourite food ingredients; slabs of butter, slathering of peanut butter, and crispy buns. As if it wasn’t ace enough, the bun was drizzled with condensed milk. I shudder to think of the fat content, but… can I just say that of all the different type of similar crispy buns I had in Hong Kong, this was the best.

Yes, it was a messy affair as you struggle to bite into the layers of milk-butter-peanuts-bun. But it was definitely worth all the sticky fingers at the end of the meal.

If peanut butter is not your kind of thing, there are two other choices as well: (1) butter and condensed milk, and (2) butter, coconut kaya and granulated sugar. Same fat content, different pleasure :D

A word about the restaurant

Florinda Cafe At Shun Tak Centre, Sheung Wan

As expected the place was bustling with transient passengers headed for Macau, therefore be prepared that your chair might be bumped endless by luggages and trolleys. It is quite difficult to have proper conversation, as the tourists (I shall not name the country) tend to converse at the top of their voices. Apart from that, Florinda Cafe Macau Restaurant was a pleasant experience. Also, if you are a fan of Portuguese tarts, you can get them by the boxes right in front of the restaurant (P.S.: I prefer only the HK egg-custard variety)

And one thing I really like about the place?

Florinda Cafe At Shun Tak Centre, Sheung Wan

They decorated the wall with Macanese tiles! It’s a repetitive motives you’ll see all over Macau.

And so, the conclusions:

What I would order again? The Macau’s crispy buns! I would want to try the other two options
What I would never touch again? Well, if you are watching your diet, this is not the place to go
Would I come again? Yup, for a weekend tea break. I’ll avoid meal times on any day
Would I have dinner dates here? Would you bring a date to char chan teng?
Would I have dinner gathering here? It is kinda out of the place, unless you are on the way to Macau

Florinda Cafe Macau Restaurant (澳門茶餐廳)
Shop 270-273, 2/F Shun Tak Centre
168-200 Connaught Rd Central, Sheung Wan
2857 1933

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