Alain Ducasse Announces New Opening Restaurant in Tokyo

Founder of three different Michelin starred restaurants, Chef Alain Ducasse, is opening new restaurant, ESTERRE that will be located in Palace Hotel Tokyo.

Alain Ducasse Announces New Opening Restaurant in Tokyo

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Founder of three different Michelin starred restaurants, Chef Alain Ducasse, is opening new restaurant, ESTERRE that will be located in Palace Hotel Tokyo.

As one of the most esteemed hotels in Japan, Palace Hotel Tokyo will soon boast one of the country’s most sought-after dining establishments. The iconic Japanese property is teaming up with DUCASSE Paris, which was founded by world-famous chef Alain Ducasse, to unveil a brand new restaurant on its premises, and is scheduled to open on November 1, 2019.

After more than half a century in operation, Palace Hotel Tokyo’s signature French restaurant, Crown, will permanently close its doors on the 28th of July to make way for the new venue. The new restaurant, which will bear the name ESTERRE, is set to become the first collaboration between a Japanese hotel and the world-renowned chef and restaurateur when it debuts at the beginning of November. It was follow a complete redesign by SIMPLICITY, the design studio of award-winning Japanese interior designer Shinichiro Ogata.

ESTERRE will replace Palace Hotel Tokyo’s French restaurant Crown that first opened in 1964.

Chef Ducasse and his team will be overseeing the new restaurant, where patrons can look forward to a new contemporary approach to French haute cuisine – an approach which aims to re-establish the connection with nature not only by bringing out the original, natural flavours of ingredients, but also by promoting the procurement of sustainable, organic, local ingredients.

“Omotenashi and hospitalité. I believe Japan and France share a sense of hospitality,” said Ducasse. “Whatever the apparent differences between the two cultures, their souls have the same vision of striving for excellence to anticipate their guests’ expectations and offering them a moment of pure happiness.”

“ESTERRE at Palace Hotel Tokyo will deploy nature to the table,” he explains. “It will celebrate the best ingredients that Mother Nature has to offer each season and enhance the very essence of them. We will employ French culinary techniques that turn exceptional ingredients into sublime, elegant, contemporary dishes that are at once healthy, harmonious and sincere.”

Alain Ducasse is a French-born Monégasque chef. He operates a number of restaurants including Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester which holds three stars in the Michelin Guide. He was a different vision of the food service and hospitality industry,  re-grouping. under Ducasse Paris, which he founded in 1999. For more information about Ducasse Paris, visit please visit ducasse-paris.com.


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