Melco Resorts & Entertainment has announced a collaboration with legendary French chef Alain Ducasse that will see him operate two restaurants and a bar covering an entire floor of luxury hotel Morpheus when it launches in 2018.
The opening of the two side-by-side dining destinations will make City of Dreams the only hotel in Asia to feature two restaurants and a bar by the chef.
The restaurants will include Alain Ducasse at Morpheus, the first Alain Ducasse fine dining restaurant in Macau and serving the French contemporary haute cuisine that the chef is best known for. Designed by Jouin–Manku, the same designer of Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée haute-cuisine restaurant, Alain Ducasse at Morpheus will pay tribute to the great tradition of Chinese gardens and will communicate to guests a deep feeling of balance and serenity. It will also display “an extraordinary selection of the most magnificent and noble materials.”
The second restaurant, Voyages by Alain Ducasse, will present a new concept tailor-made for City of Dreams offering a unique take on Asian cuisines inspired by Ducasse’s travels over the past 30 years, as well as his most recent culinary discoveries. The design will be an “homage to raw and noble materials, such as solid wood, stone and lacquer, galvanized by vibrant colours.”
Discussing his new Macau venture, Ducasse said, “Projects of such a broad scope and high ambition are not that numerous in the world today. It is a great honor for me to be part of it.
“When I first met with Lawrence Ho, I instantly felt the chemistry. Our dialogue on the two restaurant identities I will bring to Morpheus was very rich.
“I always create and never duplicate – each of my venues is different and reflects the mood of its location. I always start from the soul of the place and from clients’ expectations to create a cuisine that is specific and that resonates with the location and the people.”
Melco Resorts Chairman and CEO Lawrence Ho added, “Today we’re celebrating a new partnership. It is our pleasure and, truly, a real honor to be able to say that Morpheus, the new flagship tower of our City of Dreams resort, will soon be anchored by not just one but two new restaurants by none other than one of the greatest living chefs of our time: Alain Ducasse.
‘We shared the same passion to create, that itch to bring out-of-this-world experiences into our world. To make dining more innovative. Better. Cooler. At the heart of that magnificent exoskeleton, we are creating an Asia-first hotel with an entire floor dedicated to two Ducasse restaurants. And just like the god after which Morpheus was named, this place will be the thing of dreams. It’ll become an icon of the new Macau.”