It's been three years in the making, but all will be forgotten when Morimoto Las Vegas officially debuts on Oct. 21 inside the former Shibuya space at the MGM Grand.
Chef Masaharu Morimoto had once planned to make his Las Vegas debut at the Mirage, but the move further south on the Strip has created a more complementary environment for the international star.
The 5,542-square-foot space has been designed by Yabu Pushelberg and also hosts "exotic photographs" by Yasumichi Morita.
Open for dinner only, daily opening hours will be Sunday to Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m. and closing at 10.30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Featuring a sushi bar and teppanyaki, or hibachi tables, meals will be created "before your eyes on a hot iron plate." On the menu, some of the greatest hits from the current Morimoto empire and a unique to Las Vegas vodka and sake cocktail.
Already spreading his infectious spirit around the resort, chef Morimoto can be seen encouraging guests to make money at their blackjack tables and spend it at his restaurant in a new promotional video.
Wasabi, Nori Paste, Sour Cream, Sturgeon Caviar
Anchovy Aioli, Olives, Jalapeño
Togarashi, Gin Creme Fraiche, Candied Olive, Morimoto Grapeseed Oil
OYSTER FOIE GRAS
Market Oysters, Foie Gras, Uni, Teriyaki
SOUPS AND SALADS
PORK CHASHU SALAD
Romaine, Cucumber, Daikon
MIZUHIKI CAESAR SALAD
Local Romaine, Morimoto Caesar Dressing, Seared Tuna, Morimoto Grapeseed Oil
LAKSA NOODLE SOUP
Tonkotsu Broth, Coconut Milk, Ground Pork Red Curry, Sesame Seeds, Egg Noodles
Thai Curry, Mussels, Banana, Sea Beans
BRAISED BLACK COD
DUCK DUCK GOOSE
Duck Meatball Soup, Duck Confit Fried Rice, Gooseberry Compote
Marinated Organic Half Chicken, Roasted Peppers
BLISTERED SHISHITO PEPPERS
SPICY GREEN BEANS
Chinese Barbecue Sauce
FIERY SALTY CARAMEL CHOCOLATE TARTE
Dark Chocolate Sorbet, Marshmallow, Salty Caramel Ganache, Spiced Rum
Mango Parfait, Coconut Cake, Coconut Green Tea Sorbet
Yuzu Sugar, Pastry Cream, Whipped Cream
Shocu, Yuzu, Calpico
LAS VEGAS MEETS JAPAN
Belvedere Vodka, Nigori Sake, Lavender Shrub
Morimoto Junmail Sake, Midori, Lemon