One of the biggest restaurant openings of the year gets ready to showcase its Chinese fine dining dishes for the first time in the United States. China Tang debuts at the MGM Grand on Jan. 26 with an elegantly appointed dining room and a menu of Cantonese cuisine, inspired by Sichuan, Shanghai, and Beijing regional favorites.
The restaurant features 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.
This marks the first U.S. expansion for the Hong Kong-based Lai Sun Dining company, whose restaurants have earned 10 Michelin stars. Lai Sun imported 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.
The restaurant takes over 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.
China Tang plans to be open Monday through Thursday from 5 to 10:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., with extended hours during the Chinese New Year.