Iron Chef Morimoto Pops Up at MGM Grand Las Vegas
Acclaimed restaurateur brings Momosan Ramen & Sake to hotel January 23-26.
Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto will introduce his celebrated ramen restaurant Momosan Ramen & Sake through a series of pop-up dinner experiences January 23-26 at his eponymous restaurant at MGM Grand. Guests can enjoy a taste of the ramen-forward concept through an exclusive a la carte menu, available only in the Morimoto lounge. Momosan, a nickname of Chef Morimoto, debuted in New York City in 2016 to consumer and critical acclaim. A second Momosan is located inside the Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach, and a third location opens this summer in Seattle’s International District.
“Momosan pays homage to my childhood in Hiroshima, where I developed an early love of noodles,” said Morimoto. “While ramen is our focus, we also feature a variety of other traditional and contemporary Japanese-inspired comfort foods. I’m honored to share one of my favorite and most personal culinary projects with MGM Grand’s guests and visitors.”
Momosan Ramen & Sake menu highlights include:
- Tokyo Chicken Ramen: Soy-marinated chicken in a creamy chicken broth, topped with menma, kikurage, aji-tama, nori and scallion, drizzled with soy tare
- Momosan Tonkotsu: Pork chashu in a traditional, thick broth prepared with aji-tama, takana, kikurage, scallion and toasted nori, finished with garlic oil and soy tare
- Soft Shell Bao: Crispy softshell crab with pickled cucumber and mustard mayo inside a bao bun
- Gyudon: Thin beef belly with onion, dashi soy and pickled ginger served over rice
- Crispy Mimiga: Japanese fried pig ear seasoned with shichimi and sake; served with a side of Japanese mayo
The pop-up dining experiences will be available in the Morimoto lounge daily January 23-26 beginning at 4 p.m. For more information, visit MGM Grand online. All photos above courtesy of MGM Resorts.
MGM Grand Hotel & Casino is “The Entertainment Authority,” creating the ultimate Las Vegas experience. A variety of accommodations serve every need while guests discover signature dining by celebrity chefs including Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak, Michael Mina’s PUB 1842, Wolfgang Puck’s Bar & Grill, Michelin three star restaurant Joël Robuchon and Morimoto Las Vegas. In addition to a pampering spa and salon and an elaborate conference center with over 850,000-square-feet of meeting space, the resort offers a wide-range of world-class entertainment at the Grand Garden Arena; the epic KÀ by Cirque du Soleil; world-famous dance crew Jabbawockeez; master illusionist David Copperfield; Topgolf Las Vegas; Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club; and Hakkasan Las Vegas. MGM Grand owned by MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM). For more information and reservations, visit mgmgrand.com, call toll free at (877) 880-0880 or find us on Facebook and Twitter or follow our blog.
Chef Masaharu Morimoto — known to millions as the star of Iron Chef and Iron Chef America — has garnered critical and popular acclaim for his seamless integration of Western and Japanese ingredients. Since 1998, Morimoto has competed on the Japanese television show, Iron Chef and also appears on the Food Network’s Iron Chef America. In 2001, Chef Morimoto opened his first restaurant in Philadelphia, which was later followed by restaurants in New York, Napa, Honolulu, Boca Raton, Mumbai, New Delhi, Mexico City, Tokyo and Maui. Morimoto Asia Orlando at Disney Springs opened in 2015, followed by Momosan Ramen and Sake NYC and Morimoto Las Vegas at MGM Grand in 2016. Morimoto Asia Waikiki, Momosan Waikiki, Morimoto Dubai and Morimoto Doha opened in 2018, bringing his global restaurant count to 16. Momosan Seattle was announced in the summer of 2018 and expects to open in 2019. His first cookbook, Morimoto: The New Art of Japanese Cooking (2007), won two IACP awards (in the “Chef’s and Restaurants” category and the “First Book: The Julia Child Award") and it was nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award. His second cookbook, Mastering The Art of Japanese Cooking (2017), introduces readers to the healthy, flavorful, surprisingly simple dishes favored by Japanese home cooks. Chef Morimoto also has a variety of signature products including Miyabi Morimoto Edition knives, a line of beer in partnership with Rogue, signature wine Morimoto Cabernet Sauvignon by Mondavi and two lines of premium sake, including his convenient Easy Cup, a resealable on-the-go product perfect for parties and backyard BBQs. Keep up with Chef Morimoto via Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or www.ironchefmorimoto.com.