MGM China to Bring Asia’s First Nikkei Cuisine Restaurant to Macau in 2016 - Aug 21, 2015

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MGM China to Bring Asia’s First Nikkei Cuisine Restaurant to Macau in 2016

[Macau – August 21, 2015]  MGM China announces its first restaurant for MGM COTAI, which will be Asia’s first Nikkei Cuisine offering in collaboration with internationally renowned celebrity chef Mitsuharu Tsumura.  AJI will showcase Nikkei cuisine, a new culinary trend sweeping the globe. This collaboration is the beginning of a host of diversified dining experiences specially crafted to enhance customers’ experiences for the upcoming MGM property. Always offering new, creative and memorable moments to their patrons, MGM China has selected the up-and-coming Nikkei cuisine to thrill its guests in Macau.

Nikkei cuisine, the art of preparing Peruvian ingredients with Japanese cooking techniques, started shinning with Chef Mitsuharu Tsumura whose roots make him the perfect ambassador of this unique cuisine. Of Japanese origin, Chef Mitsuharu was born in Peru and honed his authentic Japanese cooking techniques in Osaka.  Mitsuharu’s craftsmanship is showcased in his award-winning restaurant, Maido, in Lima. The Nikkei cuisine concept is already in most of the capitals around the world and AJI at MGM COTAI will be Asia’s first offering of this delicacy.

AJI, which literally means “chili” in Spanish and “flavor” in Japanese, will offer new exotic flavors to the most discerning palates. The restaurant will feature a ceviche bar, hibachi grill and a Pisco bar, offering a selection of sakes, shochu and fine wines. With this new concept, MGM COTAI, slated to open by Q4 of 2016, is bringing a new punch to the Macau culinary scene.

On the partnership, Hans Hordijk, Vice President of Food & Beverage, said, “With the opening of MGM COTAI on the horizon, we intend to introduce exclusive and fresh experiences to our international guests and locals. We are honored to have Chef Mitsuharu Tsumura on-board with us to kick-start a kaleidoscope of unparalleled gastronomic offerings at our new property. We anticipate the cuisine, now popular in the culinary capitals around the world, to become a smashing success in Macau as well.”

Chef Mitsuharu commented, “The countdown has started; soon you will be able to experience, for the first time in Asia, the magic, the flavors, and the distinctive character of my Nikkei Peruvian cuisine. This amazing new food trend brings together two countries, Peru and Japan. It’s an honor and a pleasure to be part of this project with MGM. Get ready to experience the Nikkei world of Peruvian cuisine!”



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MGM COTAI is slated to open by Q4 of 2016, and AJI is the first restaurant announced for the upcoming MGM Property.

Peruvian Chef Mitsuharu is an internationally-known ambassador of the new trendy Nikkei cuisine. MGM China Holdings takes the lead to bring him and his talents to revolutionize the Macau’s culinary scene.

This creation offers two umami sensations and experiences in the same plate. Bonito fish prepared in Yukke style and presents on a potato cracker topped with an egg. And a Chawanmushi, a traditional Japanese egg custard dish, of Porcon mushrooms.
In this ceviche recipe, an authentic definition of Nikkei cuisine blending Japanese and Peruvian ingredients, fish and seafood are marinated in lemon, limo chili, garlic, ginger, shoyu and cilantro.

About Maido

Opened in 2009 by the celebrity Chef Mitsuharu Tsumura, Maido is a world symbol for the new trendy cuisine known as Nikkei. In his restaurant, located in the capital Lima, Chef Mitsuharu performs to sublimate the best Peruvian ingredients thanks to ancestral Japanese techniques. Since its opening, the restaurant broke onto the culinary scene and won many awards including the highly respected “Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants” and “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants” with respectively the ranking no.7 and no.44.


About MGM China

MGM China (HKEx: 2282) is a leading developer, owner and operator of gaming and lodging resorts in the Greater China region. We are the holding company of MGM Grand Paradise, SA which holds one of the six gaming concessions/subconcessions to run casino games in Macau.  MGM Grand Paradise, SA owns and operates MGM MACAU, the award-winning premium integrated resort located on the Macau Peninsula and is developing a second resort, MGM COTAI which is expected to more than double our presence in the world’s largest gaming market, Macau. 

MGM MACAU is a luxury integrated resort inspired by the arts with every element of the resort infused with creativity and style.  MGM MACAU has approximately 600 guest rooms and suites and boasts a number of distinguishing features, including the architecturally stunning European-inspired Grande Praça, housed under a soaring glass ceiling.  MGM MACAU’s world class facilities include an Art Space dedicating over 8,000 square feet to display authentic works of art, conference and event facilities, an award-winning spa, and nine signature restaurants and bars to fulfill any gastronomic craving. Our property is conveniently located on prime waterfront on the Macau Peninsula and is directly connected to the luxury retail shopping complex, One Central.

MGM COTAI designed as the “jewelry box” of Cotai, plans to offer approximately 1,500 hotel rooms and suites, meeting space, high end spa, retail offerings and food and beverage outlets as well as the first international Mansion at MGM for the ultimate luxury experience.  MGM COTAI will offer Asia’s first dynamic theater and a spectacle to wow every guest who steps foot in our resort. MGM COTAI is being developed to drive greater product diversification and bring more advanced and innovative forms of entertainment to Macau as it grows as a global tourist destination. The US$3 billion project is expected to open in the fourth quarter of 2016. 

MGM China is majority owned by MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) one of the world's leading global hospitality companies, operating a portfolio of destination resort brands including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage.  For more information about MGM Resorts International, visit the Company's website at

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