This restaurant's institutional name is due to the fact that it's actually part of the Institute for Tourism Studies (Instituto de Formacao Turistica), where students learn about the hospitality and tourism trade with hands-on experience at the institute's on-site hotel and restaurant. But other than its dry name, the restaurant's pleasant decor and eager young staff give no hint that it's actually a training facility. There's a professional chef directing operations in the kitchen, but students will serve you, prepare your food, and do their best to make your meal a memorable one (our sommelier had aspirations of eventually working in a foreign country). They even maintain a garden that supplies much of your meal's organic herbs, vegetables, and salad greens. The menu changes often, but it usually includes Macanese favorites like minchi (minced beef and pork with fried potatoes, onions, and garlic) or African chicken, along with the likes of codfish with bouillabaisse sauce and slow-cooked lamb shank with white beans, olive oil, and organic parsley. On Fridays it goes all out with a dinner buffet, and it is also open for high tea weekdays from 3 to 6pm. Unfortunately, its out-of-the-way location on a steep hill means you'll probably want to take a taxi, but reasonable prices, an enthusiastic staff, and good food all make it worth the effort.
IFT Educational Restaurant
Institute for Tourism Studies, Colina de Mong-Ha
Our Rating Neighborhood Macau Peninsula; on the grounds of the former Mong-Ha Fortress Hours Mon–Fri 12:30–3pm and 7–10:30pm Transportation Bus: 12 or 17, then a 5-min. steep walk uphill Phone 853/8598-3077 Prices Main courses MOP$110–MOP230, set lunch MOP$200, Fri dinner buffet MOP$250 Amenities
Cuisine Type Macanese/Portuguese Web site IFT Educational Restaurant
MapInstitute for Tourism Studies, Colina de Mong-Ha Macau
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