Las Vegas, you waited three years and now you’re about to get your first taste of Morimoto. Masaharu Morimoto, the star of the Food Network’s Iron Chef America, opens his very first Las Vegas restaurant on Oct. 21 in the former Shibuya space at the MGM Grand. Shibuya shuttered in July.
The 5,542-square-foot room is designed by renowned firm Yabu Pushelberg. The restaurant accommodates 16 guests at the sushi bar, highly visible to hotel visitors walking by the front entrance, 30 diners at the teppan tables and 150 in the main dining room. The MGM Grand assigned an estimated budget of $874,921, a small amount for such a high-profile venture, suggesting the interior layout will remain very similar.
The Japanese chef with a penchant for singing made his mark in America while working for Nobu Matsuhisa in New York City when he started working on the Iron Chef America television show. He opened his first Morimoto in Philadelphia in 2001 with restaurateur Stephen Starr.
Expect to find dishes that meld Western ingredients with traditional Japanese fare in the form of tempura, sushi and sashimi. He's perhaps best known for his Morimoto sashimi salad made with seared toro, smoked salmon, barbecue eel, tun and hamachi, blended with five sauces and served in a blond wood box. His Duck, Duck, Duck features a roasted duck leg with a duck sandwich made with cucumber and a foie gras-infused croissant, all served with a red miso sauce and a soft duck egg.