October 21, 2018

Eat at Morpheus: casual Voyages

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I was still pretty stuffed from breakfast when we sat down to lunch.  As we had been forbidden to feast at the fine dining French outlet, lunch took place at Alain Ducasse's other outlet on the same floor - Voyages by Alain Ducasse.  This restaurant serves up casual dishes inspired by Monsieur Ducasse's travels around the world, and before I even got here, I had been hearing some comments about the restaurant where a "French chef is doing Asian food".

We all knew we didn't have the stomach space for the spread that was coming our way, but we tried the best we could...

Vegetarian bao - like a guabao (刈包) from Taiwan, but instead of that thick and delicious slice of pork belly dripping with fat, it's only spicy grilled eggplant that we found inside, along with crushed peanuts, coriander, and spring onions.

Marinated sea bream, citrus condiment - the sea bream actually had quite a lot of bite, and came with lots of acidity from the citrus.

Foie gras terrine, fig marmalade - nothing to complain about...

Beef tartare, onion taro

Crab cake - these were almost like Japanese takoyaki (たこ焼き), but with a spicy kick.

Sweet corn velouté - meant to go with the crab cakes.  This had a lot of kick with chili and spices.

Shrimp toast, katsuobushi flakes - it's kinda like the Cantonese shrimp toast and Japanese okomiyaki (お好み焼き) had a baby...  The shredded cabbage and the dressing delivered acidity, and this was also surprisingly spicy.

Cod, mango, celery - probably my favorite out of the 4 main dishes.  A nice and thick chunk of cod would still be succulent enough to be a crowd-pleaser.  Kinda interesting to see a stick of celery with some tomato compote on top.

Shrimps red curry - this was alright, but the Asian in me would have wanted some steamed rice to go with it...

Iberico pork cheek daube - I would never say 'no' to pork cheeks, but DAYAM!  This was heavy... and not what I needed right now...

Rossini style fillet of beef - I think this was the least interesting dish on our side of the table, and honestly I'm trying to remember whether I bothered to have a bite.  Not that there was anything wrong with the Rossini, but at that particular moment, it just didn't look appealing to me.

Key lime pie - but as full as I was, I could never say 'no' to a little nibble of key lime pie...

Paris-Macau - and this was the perfect ending for our trip.  Why was this perfect, you ask?  Well... because this special variant of Paris-Brest came with LOTS OF PEANUTS!  And in case anyone was wondering... there was a ton of peanuts getting tossed around at one end of the table today...

My final nibble was this dark chocolate wafer.

Many thanks to the powers that be for having us over this weekend, and for the fantastic hospitality. I especially wanted to thank a few select individuals - who shall remain nameless for fear of having their appendages broken - who so generously provided the popcorn and peanuts for our entertainment.

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