Our three favourite Macau restaurants: magic duo Kalin and Jinger's choice

Kalin and Jinger from Macau's premier magic show, House of Magic, discuss their three favourite restaurants

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 25 May, 2016, 5:07pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 18 October, 2017, 1:13pm

Kalin and Jinger are a cutting-edge duo who redefine the concept of traditional magic. They are regular guest performers at the House of Magic in Studio City, in addition to touring worldwide with their bestselling Illusionists show.

The couple were voted Magicians of the Year in 1998 by The Academy of Magical Arts (The Magic Castle), the highest honour in the industry for their stunning shows.

1. This is Macau’s only magic-themed restaurant located next door to the House of Magic. It brings together modern Shanghainese cuisine and magic. Our favourite and a highly recommended dish is the stir-fried egg white with sea urchin and diced fish. Unlike Shanghai-style stir-fried egg white with diced fish, here the traditional dish is presented in an innovative mixture of fresh crab meat and mashed Chinese Perch. The mixture is allowed to simmer and then stir-fried, before placing fresh Hokkaido sea urchin on top to replace traditional egg yolks, which adds flavour and freshness. A little dip in the Chinese black rice Chinkiang Vinegar is the perfect combination to enjoy it to the fullest.

Shanghai Magic
Level 2, Studio City
(853) 8865 6620

2. Located conveniently near the Taipa Park & Shop, Papermoon is our go-to Thai choice. Modern clean décor, attentive service and fresh ingredients make for a quality experience. Favourites on the menu include a faithful pad Thai and Jinger’s must-have-every-time thom kha soup (listed on the menu as chicken soup). Don’t miss the spring rolls - really a shrimp puff - with a sweet home-made dipping sauce. Inexpensive for the quality, but note that it's cash only.

Avenida Olimpica No 539
Tel: (853) 2883 1173

3. Service is fast and attentive, portions are generous and the food surprisingly nuanced and varied. Pub fare to be sure, but also a vast menu with many delicious and unexpected choices with up-scale flair. That said, we usually keep it simple with comfort food and wash it down with lots of beer. Festive and fun, sometimes loud and raucous - it’s clear why this place is popular with the locals.

Old Taipa Tavern
21 Rua dos Negociantes
Tel: (853) 2882 5221