Chinese fine dining in a gilded dragon's lair

When you arrive at the dramatic 21st-floor Sky Bridge of Macau’s Morpheus hotel, an intimate corridor leads to Yí. The attention to detail at this fine-dining establishment is immediately apparent, from the raised wooden latticework in the hallways to the starched white tablecloths.

Soaring overhead, high ceilings set a grand tone while distinct dining areas are set apart by mesmerizing semi-domed structures covered in layers of gold plates, emulating a dragon’s scales. Soft pink peonies and gold-rimmed China chargers further add to the atmosphere, as black-clad servers anticipate your every need.

As you can tell from the avant-garde design by the late Zaha Hadid, the new den of haute Chinese cuisine draws discerning palates to a culinary adventure. Chef de cuisine Angelo Wong and executive chef Wilson Fam have crafted a gastronomic journey that will take you across China’s most delicious regional cuisines — an experience that's further elevated by expert tea pairings.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • Yí offers a Chinese-format tasting menu, where you leave the decision-making to the two toques who have designed mysterious six- or eight-course offerings. The chefs recommend the eight-course menu for the full experience.
  • The menu’s flavors traverse many of China’s best gastronomic regions, taking inspiration from Cantonese, Sichuan, Chaozhou, Hunan and Shandong cuisines.
  • To ensure the utmost freshness, the chefs visit local markets each day and eschew freezers altogether.
  • Zaha Hadid’s interior design is a true work of art. From the sculptural dragon’s den-inspired seating to the geometric accents, you'll be surrounded by eye-catching elements.
  • Servers have a sixth sense about your needs, providing a selection of magazines should you be dining alone, a power bank for charging electronics or ginger tea if they notice a sniffle.

Things to Know

  • The name can be traced to one of the oldest philosophical books in China, titled I Ching or Book of Changes. The text refers to yi as “nourishment” and explores its direct link to health and good fortune.
  • Yí is open for dinner only and seats just 60 guests across its 12 tables, so be sure to plan accordingly.
  • The restaurant can accommodate dietary restrictions, though it’s advised to inform the team ahead of time.
  • To take your meal to the next level, try a wine or tea pairing. The latter features premium brews from all over China that have been chosen by certified tea sommeliers.
  • Adjacent to the Macau restaurant, there’s a cigar bar where you can enjoy a specialty smoke, cocktail, glass of wine or digestif after your meal.

The Food

  • The chefs specialize in contemporary Chinese fine dining, where traditional flavors intersect with refined techniques and elegant presentations.Everything at Yí is housemade, down to the trio of fiery chili sauces that accompanies the meal.
  • The experience begins with amuse-bouche and a welcome tea of chrysanthemum and pear.
  • The menu includes appetizers such as fresh Australian crab meat with pomelo, lime and French caviar, along with double-boiled melon soup that’s believed to be nourishing for your skin.
  • Depending on the day, mains might include spotted grouper with ginger, onion and Japanese radish; lamb chops drizzled with numbing Sichuan sauce; and crispy pork skin, accompanied by delicate rice, sweet peas and black truffle shavings.
  • While some dishes will stay for the whole season, the chefs change the fish and meat offerings daily, depending on what’s available on their morning market trips.

The Design

  • Conceived by the late Zaha Hadid, the Macau restaurant’s design brings together edgy, angular aesthetics alongside contemporary Chinese elements — dragons in Chinese culture symbolize power and strength.
  • Soft mauve and gray tones run throughout the venue, providing a quiet balance to the bright golden dining domes.
  • Designed by French porcelain maker Maison Bernardaud, the restaurant’s delicate charger plates feature a soft peach blossom design that recalls the changing seasons and symbolizes luck.
  • Mirroring the dining room’s gilded design, the crystal goblets, cutlery and teaware all include gold accents.
  • As serene as a spa, Yí’s ultra-modern restroom features funky white stone seats, views of Macau and sleek charcoal interiors.

Business casual
Gluten-free options
Reservations required
Valet parking
Vegetarian options
Getting There
City of Dreams, Estr. do Istmo Macau, China
NeighborhoodCotai Strip
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