One of the biggest debuts of the year and a rare newcomer to the Las Vegas fine dining scene, China Tang launches at the MGM Grand next month and is finally giving a hint of the elegance behind the plywood.
New renderings released by the resort reveal a huge bar and lounge facing Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House, along the restaurant row of The District at MGM Grand. The prime position, inside the former home of Pearl, will be impossible to miss for conventioneers and Monorail passengers headed to the casino floor.
The first U.S. expansion for the Hong Kong-based Lai Sun Dining company, the brand’s restaurants have earned 10 Michelin stars. For Las Vegas, CNN Travel is reporting Lai Sun is importing executive chef Albert Au Kwok Keung to oversee China Tang. Keung is the world’s youngest Chinese chef to helm a three Michelin starred restaurant, the Cantonese-focused The Eight inside Macau’s Grand Lisboa Hotel.
Earlier incarnations of the Tang concept still operating in Kowloon, Hong Kong, and London boasted interior designs by the late entrepreneur David Tang Wing-cheung. For Las Vegas, a new rendering of the main dining room hints at a sophisticated oasis hidden from the bustle beyond the lounge.
The entire space will fill 5,484-square-foot space and last year China Tang had allocated an estimated $1,286,800 in construction costs for the structural work alone.
On the menu, Cantonese cuisine, inspired by Sichuan, Shanghai, and Beijing regional favorites. The venue is also currently hiring for a dim sum chef.
While promising a February arrival, an exact date has yet to be announced.