One of our favourite new restaurants of 2016, Fat Tea lives up to Macau's tradition of 'cha gordo,' serving hearty feasts that families & friends can cheerfully share & savour together. It's an encouragingly distinctive eatery spearheaded by two immensely capable women, Su (a Macau-born chef who takes a perfectionist's approach to the kitchen) & June (who's been involved in running restaurants in KL since the turn of the millennium - she also masterminded Fat Tea's subtly artful decor), plus a sterling service team that exudes both warmth & professionalism.
Fat Tea's vibrant mélange reflects the rich heritage behind Macanese cuisine, blending Cantonese roots with a Portuguese legacy, with diverse influences that can be traced to the ports of Africa & Southeast Asia. Cooking can prove painstaking - the piri-piri chicken is marinated for at least 12 hours & grilled to a defining char, poured with a textured house-made piri sauce (RM24 for a quarter-chicken lunch plate with fries & salad). We enjoyed everything we tried, with honest, full-bodied flavours remaining consistent from the po kok gai (RM25; chicken baked in coconut milk & turmeric, irresistibly tender & creamy) to the minchi hash (RM19; a comfort-food combo of minced beef, onions & cubed fried potatoes with rice, fried egg & greens) to the rabo de boi (RM42; sumptuously fleshy oxtail stew, braised in red wine sauce) & the laccasa vermicelli soup (RM19; akin to a curry laksa, but dominated by seafood like squid, fish & prawns). Pork dishes are scheduled to be rolled out next month.
The restaurant's all-day-breakfast selection is also well worth investigating, with its nods to Melbourne & Malaysia. Fat Tea's own-made kaya toast with dark soy & a beautifully basted, triumphantly crispy duck egg (RM14) is a sheer delight, as are the bountifully topped avocado toasts (RM28; three ways with a shaved egg salad & radicchio; fruity fresno chillies; & smoked salmon wtih dill), each perfectly proportioned for high satisfaction. Desserts are also strong - our best bet is probably the luscious serradura 'sawdust pudding,' while fans of coconut will like the chocolate truffles. If there's a recurring theme here, it's quality food that gives people a good feeling, that makes them happy. Expect to hear more about Fat Tea in the months ahead.
Fat Tea Macanese Food
LG05, Emerald Plaza North, Jalan PJU 8/3A, Damansara Perdana, Petaling Jaya. Selangor.
Open Tues-Sun, 10am-3pm, 6pm-10pm. Tel: 03-7733-1868
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