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Written by Joseff Musa

Famous French chef Alain Ducasse is about to launch two new restaurants and a bar that will take up an entire level  of  new  luxury  hotel Morpheus at City of Dreams.

City of Dreams is teaming up with one of the world’s most celebrated chefs, Alain Ducasse, when its new luxury hotel Morpheus launches in 2018. The collaboration will see an entire floor of the hotel dedicated to two side-by-side Ducasse restaurants and a bar.

The unique concept will see City of Dreams become the only resort in Asia to feature two restaurants and a bar by a single chef, providing a brand new dining experience for visitors to Macau.

Alain Ducasse at Morpheus will serve up the signature expressions of French contemporary haute cuisine the chef is renowned for.

Designed by Jouin Manku, the same designer of Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée haute-cuisine restaurant in Paris, 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,” according to City of Dreams.

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.”

“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,” Ducasse said.

“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.”

With Macau striving to become a World Center of Tourism and Leisure, the new Ducasse offerings will help elevate the city’s standing as a global dining landscape following its recent designation as a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy.

“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,” said Lawrence Ho, Chairman and CEO of City of Dreams operator Melco Resorts.

“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.”