Here's your first look inside Jayde Fuzion, the new restaurant at the M Resort from Seonkyoung Longest, who won the job on Food Network's Restaurant Express.
Here expect to find Longest's take on Japanese, Chinese and Korean small plates. Longest, a self-taught home cook with a reel of YouTube videos showing off her cooking style, learned to not only cook by watching the Food Network but speak English. She moved to Mississippi in 2009 after living in South Korea her entire life.
The bar at Jayde Fuzion [Photo: M Resort]
The restaurant takes over the former Marinelli's Italian Restaurant. Here find a 150-seat restaurant with an 11-seat sushi bar and 20-seat private dining room. All comes with a view of the resort's pool piazza. When the weather warms up, expect al fresco dining on the terrace.
Some of the menu here includes Samgyeopsal lettuce wraps, grilled pork belly, kimchi, enoki mushroom and cucumber topped with Korean Ssam-jang sauce and wrapped in gem lettuce for $8 and Bibimap, a Korean rice bowl of assorted vegetables, bulgogi and poached egg with a sweet tangy sauce for $14. Five spiced duck sliders with marinated roast duck, pickled cucumber with carrots on a bao bun with hoisin glaze go for $9 while Korean street tacos feature scallion pancakes, bulgogoi and Napa cabbage with sriracha-lime dressing for $7.
Longest also had a hand in the cocktail menu, which includes sake mojitos and red soju sangria.
In the short time since Marinelli's closed in November, the restaurant got a makeover with traditional Asian details. Greens, pinks and reds highlight the space, with a 22-foot-wide marble stairway flanked by pink and rose colored flowers leading to the bar and lounge. Murals of Koi fish and cherry blossoms dot the space.
Jayde Fuzion, opening tonight, has hours from 5 to 10 p.m. nightly.
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