Nikkei Cuisine Expert, Chef Mitsuharu Tsumura Heads to MGM Cotai
  • May 16, 2017
  • COTAI, MACAUMGM COTAI announced a lineup of celebrated chefs and restaurants for its forthcoming resort set to open in the second half of 2017.  MGM COTAI aims to create “memorable dining experiences and establish itself as Macau’s most innovative culinary destination.”

    Grant Bowie, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of MGM China Holdings Limited, said, “We sent our food and beverage team to search the world and partner with emerging talented chefs and develop new dining concepts.  MGM COTAI is launching a truly innovative and unique culinary portfolio that is both diverse in price points and in flavors, offering something for everyone.”

    As the first authentic Nikkei restaurant in Macau, Aji is headed by acclaimed Nikkei expert, Chef Mitsuharu Tsumura. (Image, left. Nikkei cuisine is the cooking of the Japanese diaspora, particularly the convergence of Japanese and Peruvian or Brazilian cuisines.) His restaurant, Maido, is ranked No. 8 restaurant on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list 2017.

    Aji, meaning “chili pepper” in Peru, is a reported to be a “stunning contemporary Nikkei restaurant that packs an exquisite flavor punch. This one-of-a-kind concept is a destination for sophisticated gourmets, and reflects the fusion of cultures that has made Peru a global food capital.”

    Chef Mitsuharu says, There is a story that the original point of entry of chili peppers to Asia was in fact from Macau – by the Portuguese. That is the name of our restaurant ‘Aji’ – which means ‘taste’ in Japanese, and ‘chili pepper’ in Peruvian. We are blending our spice and spiciness with local cuisine.”

    Aji’s ceviche and sushi counter will give guests an up close with master chefs preparing the freshest seafood.  Its pisco and sake bar mixes some of the best Peruvian-inspired cocktails outside of Lima.

    Facilities & Destinations magazine reported on Macau in its 2013-2014 Planner Guide and plans to return to the region later this year.