Morimoto closed in March when the state ordered nonessential businesses including casinos and restaurants to close to slow the spread of COVID-19. The Gaming Control Board allowed casinos to reopen on June 4, and the MGM Grand was among the first to reopen on the Las Vegas Strip, but Morimoto remained closed as hotels maintained 50 percent occupancy when they returned.
Morimoto originally opened in 2016 with a menu that blends Eastern and Western flavors. Customers can choose to dine at the sushi bar, main dining room, or teppan tables, and when the restaurant opened, it marked the first time the Iron Chef brought his iron griddle menu to the world.
The teppan menu features choices such as Snake River Farm New York strip or filet mignon, Colorado lamb chop, organic smoked chicken breast, scallops, shrimp, a fish of the day, or whole lobster. The teppan tables also give diners a chance to order a la carte items.
The sushi menu features the Morimoto sashimi, which combines seared toro, salmon, eel, tuna, hamachi, and five sauces, along with some vegetarian options.
On the entrees side of the menu, customers find braised black cod with ginger-soy reduction and Duck Duck Goose with a duck meatball soup with duck confit fried rice and gooseberry compote. Of course, stunners include ishi yaki buri bop with yellowtail on rice cooked at your table in a hot stone bowl and a 54-ounce tomahawk rib-eye steak.
The restaurant is open from 5 to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. For reservations, visit SevenRooms.
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