Portuguese Chicken ($22)
Conlon admits that this is a dish that guests are often initially confused by: "They look at it on the menu and many wonder, what the hell is it?" But the "bubbling casserole of chicken thighs in a creamy mild curry sauce," as he calls it, is actually a dish with a lot of history. He and Adrienne were able to experience first hand when they visited Macau in China. "Someone's grandmother made this dish, and it's just hearty and good. But when it got translated to a fast food dish, it lost its character. We decided to figure out how to fix that. Basically, it had been dumbed down, but ours is charged up with good ingredients."
Fat Rice Noodles ($14)
"You see this dish at a lot of Chinese restaurants," says Conlon, "But our noodles are made with rice and potato starch, so they have a really satisfying chew." Fat Rice offers two versions of its namesake dish, one with mushrooms and egg, and one with XO sauce, country ham, and dried chilies.
Piri Piri Chicken ($21)
Conlon claims that this is a dish you'll find wherever the Portuguese traders landed. "In India, Brazil, and China you'll find this dish." The chicken is marinated and then grilled over charcoal. "It's spicy from (black) pepper and warm from other spices, and then it comes slathered in this tomato coconut chili sauce, with fried potatoes and olives on top." He thinks it's a "soul satisfying dish," and one that can be eaten every day. "Actually," says Conlon, "I do eat it every day.
Bacalhau da Vovó ($7)
"This is one I'm working on," he admits. "It's my grandmother's recipe, but we really haven't changed much. Just added some fresh herbs." He's also proud that the restaurant has been able to source sustainable cod from Canada. "Cod is overfished most places, so it feels good to work with such a great product."
Balichang & Catfish ($20)
This traditional Macanese dish features pork belly that has been cooked with shrimp paste, tamarind, and palm sugar. It's then paired with catfish and eggplants. "You get loads of textures in this dish from the catfish and the eggplants."
Fat Rice's version of sangria, this drink consists of Luberry Rioja "Biga", Coca Cola, and lemon.