Las Vegas has become a Mecca for a lot of celebrity chefs. This has been great news for visitors and residents of Las Vegas because we have been able to experience the culinary masterpieces that they create. One of the celebrity chefs that has made his mark in Las Vegas is Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto.
Iron Chef Morimoto
Chef Masaharu Morimoto started studying the delicate Japanese beauty of sushi after a shoulder injury ended his career as a baseball catcher in Japan. After quickly catching on to the art of sushi, he opened his first restaurant at age 24. At 29, he moved to the United States to open up his culinary repertoire.
His big break came when he was recruited to the original Nobu restaurant, where he was quickly promoted to Executive Chef, and it was here that he developed his signature Morimoto touch. Soon after, in 1998, he competed on the Japanese TV show Iron Chef, which placed him as one of the stars on Food Network’s Iron Chef America, the United States version of the show.
Accomplishments and Awards
Starting with his first U.S.-based restaurant in 2001 in Philadelphia, Chef Morimoto has continued to open restaurants across the states and the world. He has launched product lines beyond the restaurant industry like beer, premium sake, grape-seed oil, and knives.
He has also racked up tons of accolades like several appearances on the San Pellegrino’s “Top 100 Restaurants in the World ”, a James Beard Foundation Award, has earned a Michelin star, and Julia Child Award for Best First Book for his first cookbook.
Morimoto Las Vegas
Though he now has restaurants across the globe, his restaurant Morimoto Las Vegas in the MGM Grand melds his love for the culinary traditions of Japan with the American palate.
Guests will see delicate Japanese beauty and elegance with exotic photographs by Yasumichi Morita when they walk in, creating an environment unlike any other in Las Vegas.
Experience Las Vegas the Morimoto way with this stunning restaurant curated with the Iron Chef signature Morimoto touch.
Morimoto Las Vegas Menu
Like the decor, the Morimoto Las Vegas menu is anything but ordinary. It is quite a comprehensive menu with an extensive sushi section, cold and hot appetizers, salads, soups, noodles, rice cooked to perfection, entrees, steaks, and desserts.
A few of the menu highlights include a 54 ounce Tomahawk Ribeye, Maki Squares, pristine, intricate square maki sushi, and Ishi Yaki Buri Bop, a hot stone bowl that cooks yellowtail on rice right at your table.
Morimoto Las Vegas combines delicate Japanese beauty and culinary traditions with an American palette into every dish. For example, you’ll find dishes like Hamachi Tacos and Tuna Pizza on the menu, which take dishes Americans love (like pizza and tacos) and integrate the elegance of Japanese flavors and ingredients in a new way.
If you want to live the high life in Las Vegas, look no further than the Japanese A5 Wagyu that is served by the ounce with signature sweet onion and garlic jus.
Finish your meal with the Fiery Chocolate Tart with marshmallow, spiced rum, salty caramel ganache, and dark chocolate sorbet.
And of course, no meal would be complete without a signature cocktail like Geisha’s Secret with Kai Lychee Vodka, calpico, shochu, and pomegranate.
No matter what you order, from the moment guests arrive, they are sure to see how Chef Morimoto earned his title.
The dress code at Morimoto Las Vegas is a bit elevated to match the environment. Business casual is required, which typically includes polished pants and a blazer for men and a chic dress, skirt, or slacks with a blouse for women.
There are many variations of business casual, but you’ll want to ensure that you are not wearing shorts, T-shirts, or flip-flops. Besides, half the fun of this culinary experience of enjoying this stunning restaurant is getting dressed up!
Hours & Location
Morimoto Las Vegas is located in The District at the MGM Grand Resort. You can get to The District from the front desk by going through the Casino towards the KA Box Office. After you pass Wolfgang Puck, turn right, and you’ll see The District. Once you arrive at The District, the restaurant is on the right.
Morimoto Las Vegas is open seven days a week for dinner service from 5 pm to 10 pm. Reservations are recommended and can be booked online or by phone at 702-891-3001.
When did Morimoto Vegas Open?
Morimoto Las Vegas, with its beautiful contemporary Japanese design, opened in 2016.
Does Morimoto have a Michelin star?
Morimoto knows how to create a stunning restaurant and received a Michelin star for his restaurant in Tokyo, Morimoto XEX.
How many Morimoto restaurants are there?
There are a total of 14 Morimoto restaurants.
Eat at Morimoto in Las Vegas
Morimoto Las Vegas combines delicate Japanese culinary traditions with a modern American twist. Bask in the contemporary Japanese design while you dine. You’ll discover flavors you didn’t know existed on the extensive menu, tempting you to come back again and again. You are sure to experience Las Vegas in a new way with Morimoto Las Vegas at the MGM Grand.