Shanghai Magic

Shanghainese food with intrigue
Dining at Shanghai Magic, located inside the Studio City Macau resort complex, is both a theatrical and entertaining experience. With a convenient location next to the resort’s The House of Magic by Franz Harary, you are encouraged to enjoy a show-stopping meal at Shanghai Magic followed by a visit to see the master illusionist perform.

While wizardry is in the air here, the food is actually quite good — expect contemporary Shanghainese fare presented in clever, entertaining ways.
Our Inspector's Highlights
• Located on the second floor of Studio City’s glamorous shopping boulevard, Shanghai Magic transports you to an entirely different world. Just beyond the entrance, the atmosphere changes to give a glimpse of the surprises to come.

• Helmed by chef Wilson Fam, this creative restaurant serves up modern Shanghainese food like none other.

• Aiming for an elevated dining experience, Shanghai Magic begins each meal with a treat and finishes with a magical presentation of petit fours when smoke billows from below the dessert stand.

• Magic is obviously the name of the game at this inventive restaurant, where surprises are encountered at every turn. The fun takes many forms — perhaps it’s a disappearing menu, a visual illusion, a magically moving table or a mysterious voice booming from the mirror in the bathroom.

• If you’re keen to try Chinese wine, this is definitely the place to do it. Shanghai Magic has a more-than-comprehensive list, including a selection of premium bottles such as 50-year Moutai and 50-year Wuliangye.
Things to Know
• Dinner is a dramatic affair at this Macau restaurant from 5:30 to 11 p.m. seven days a week. Lunch is also served from noon until 3 p.m. daily.

• Shanghai Magic welcomes diners to dress as if attending a theatrical performance. A smart-casual style is recommended—men should avoid dressing in open shoes and short-sleeved shirts, and for dinner no short pants are accepted, while women should dress for the elegance of the venue.

• Reservations are not required, but definitely recommended at the popular Macau eatery. Book your spot by calling 853-8865-6620 or by visiting the restaurant’s website.
The Food
• The magic starts with the very first bite, a refreshing burst of melon served in what looks like a bubble.

• The surprises continue with creative dim sum — think squid ink shrimp dumplings, pork dumplings with hot and sour sauce, truffle vegetable dumplings and goose liver sesame buns.

• Nothing is as it seems when it comes to the main dishes. Offerings include a Shanghainese soy-marinated codfish served within a smoking dish with a delicious woodchip aroma.

• As expected, the desserts are equally innovative with unexpected creations such as caramelized pistachio crème brûlée and red bean pancakes.
The Design
• Just beyond the entrance, the atmosphere changes — lights dim, colors become moodier and servers, dressed in magician’s garb designed by The House of Magic creator, Franz Harary, are on hand to greet.

• Most walls display a Chinese painting or tapestry bearing a superstitious story, while one is home to an animated piece featuring butterflies fluttering about.

• A large wine shelf is built into one wall, and two large bronze cages, which offer semi-private dining experiences, occupy another.

• Dark billowing drapes, steampunk lighting and brass accents throughout the restaurant add an industrial feel to the atmosphere — no detail has been overlooked.
Getting There
Estrada do Istmo, Cotai, Macau
TEL853-8865 6620
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