Jade Dragon, a Cantonese restaurant at City of Dreams Macau, a casino resort run by Melco Resorts and Entertainment Ltd, has won a third Michelin star in the 2019 edition of the “Michelin Guide Hong Kong Macau”, to add to the pair it had in the 2018 version. The new edition of the guide was announced on Tuesday.
Joining the 2019 list as a newcomer – with two stars – is “Alain Ducasse at Morpheus”, described as a “French contemporary” eatery, at the recently-opened Morpheus hotel tower, also at City of Dreams. Melco Resorts had announced in November last year that it would collaborate with Mr Ducasse for two new restaurants and a bar at its US$1-billion, 780-room, Morpheus hotel.
Robuchon au Dôme, a contemporary French restaurant at SJM Holdings Ltd’s Grand Lisboa Hotel on the peninsula, retained its three-star accolade in the 2019 Michelin list, despite the death in August of its eponymous founder, Joël Robuchon.
The Eight, a Chinese restaurant also at the Grand Lisboa, was also able to retain its three-star rating.
The Macau establishments retaining two Michelin stars for 2019 were: Feng Wei Ju, a Sichuan-style Chinese restaurant at Galaxy Entertainment Group Ltd’s StarWorld Macau; Golden Flower, a Chinese restaurant at Wynn Macau Ltd’s Wynn Macau resort; Mizumi, a venue specialising in Japanese cuisine and based at the same property; and The Tasting Room, a French contemporary restaurant at City of Dreams Macau.
In Michelin’s one-star category, King – a Cantonese-style establishment in the AIA Tower in downtown Macau – keeps its rating from last year. It is the only one of Macau’s Michelin-starred venues based outside a casino property.
The other one-star eateries retained in the 2019 guide were: Lai Heen, a Cantonese restaurant at Galaxy Macau; the Italian-cuisine venue 8 ½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana also at Galaxy Macau; Pearl Dragon, a Cantonese establishment at Studio City, a Cotai property majority-owned by Melco Resorts; Ying, a Cantonese restaurant at Melco Resorts’ Altira Macau, Taipa; Shinji by Kanesaka, a Japanese sushi restaurant at City of Dreams; The Golden Peacock, an Indian-cuisine restaurant at Sands China’s Venetian Macao; The Kitchen, a steakhouse at SJM Holdings’ Grand Lisboa Hotel; and Cantonese establishments Tim’s Kitchen at SJM Holdings’ Hotel Lisboa on the peninsula, Wing Lei at Wynn Macau and Zi Yat Heen at Sands China’s Four Seasons Macao on Cotai.
MGM China Holdings Ltd, which opened its second Macau casino resort MGM Cotai, in February, is currently the only one of Macau’s six licensees without a Michelin-starred restaurant.
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