Alain Ducasse — world-famous chef of three three-Michelin-starred restaurants — will soon be able to add one more impressive feat to his culinary resume: opening a restaurant at the Palace of Versailles in France. Originally, he had slated the restaurant to open in April, but the date has since been pushed back to September, a press release says.
The restaurant will be located on the first floor of the pavilion Dufour opening onto the cour Royale. The pavilion has been undergoing a significant rehabilitation program since 2011. The restaurant itself was designed by iconic French architects Dominique Perrault and Frédéric Didier.
Ore will be open to the public during the day and will become “an exclusive dining experience” at night for private events. The public portion of the restaurant will operate like a traditional French café with classic cuisine “alongside light and quick snacks, desserts and gourmet pastries.”
"Versailles is a dream that fascinates and impassions me,” Duscasse is quoted as saying on Ore’s website. "Everything still amazes me as if each visit was my first. It is truly a privilege to bring my modest contribution to the palace's contemporary history."
The name of the restaurant refers to the French word for mouth, meaning that the menu will focus on “pleasures of the mouth,” as a nod to the artistic pleasures guests experience while visiting the famous palace of mirrors.