The city is buzzing with excitement as the opening of the next addition to Cotai’s track draws near. MGM Cotai recently announced an impressive lineup of celebrated chefs and restaurant concepts that will captivate guests and diners and mark Macau’s innovative culinary scene.
Mr. Grant Bowie, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of MGM China Holdings Limited, says, “Macau has become a thriving food destination, with many of the best chefs in the world contributing to our culinary scene. To build on what already exists, 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.”
Chef Mauro Colagreco of Grill 58°
Boasting exceptional steak sourced from the best ranchers around the world and a dining destination for food and wine connoisseurs, Grill 58° is headed by French-Argentinian Chef Colagreco. The restaurant offers a unique experience where guests can book a table in the restaurant’s 4,000-bottle wine cellar, or spice things up at one of the teppanyaki counters.
Chef Colagreco, a Michelin two-star award winner, is known for dishes driven by high-quality fresh ingredients as well as his Mediterranean-driven cuisine. His restaurant Mirazur in Menton, France has recently been ranked as the fourth best restaurant in the world by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017, moved from No.6 in 2016. Chef Colagreco says, “It’s love for exceptional, authentic, natural and rare products that make unique moments of sharing at Grill 58°.”
Chef Mitsuharu Tsumura of Aji
Bringing the first authentic Nikkei restaurant in Macau is Aji. At the helm of the specialty restaurant is one of the world’s most acclaimed Nikkei experts, Chef Tsumura. His restaurant, Maido, has risen from the No. 13 to No. 8 restaurant on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list 2017.
The name Aji originates from the word ‘chili pepper’ in Peru, and is a stunning contemporary Nikkei restaurant that packs an exquisite flavor punch. With a stunning design overlooking Cotai’s spectacular display, it is truly a one-of-a-kind concept for sophisticated gourmets and reflects the fusion of cultures.
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.”
Chef Graham Elliot of Coast
Taking inspiration from America’s relaxed West Coast lifestyle, Coast is overseen by Chef Elliot, an award-winning Michelin-starred chef and television personality from popular cooking show Top Chef. Coast offers dishes that capture the spirit of California and neighboring West Coast flavors and brings them to Macau.
Coast is a restaurant where family and friends can gather to share a wide selection of dishes such as wood-fired pizza, freshly baked bread, salads, grills, and other comforting delights for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Californian and New World wines are available by the glass and bottle.
Having lived in California, Chef Elliot shares, “I know what it means to cook light, seasonal, and most importantly, delicious food! I am excited to share my whimsical approach to cooking with the sophisticated foodies and diners in Macau.”
Chef Janice Wong of Janice Wong MGM
Chef Wong hails from Singapore and was voted Asia’s Best Pastry Chef for 2013 and 2014 at the prestigious San Pellegrino Asia Top 50, as well as Pastry Chef of the Year in 2011, 2013 and 2015 by World Gourmet Summit. Janice Wong MGM is a modern pastry shop, offering a full sweets experience from cakes, eclairs, mochis, tarts, ice cream, crepes, chocolates and confectioneries to plated desserts.
Don’t miss the sweet dessert experience beside one of the biggest chocolate fountains in the world—a 7.3-meter high sculpture spouting rivers of dark, milk and white chocolate.
Chef Wong says, “Your world is your imagination. I am driven by a continuous pursuit of perfection and reflecting an appreciation for imperfection in my craft. This new pastry concept I have created is the epitome of the pastry dream where one can smell, taste and feel all things sweet. It is the modern day sweets wonderland marrying pastry and art together.
MGM Cotai Avenida Dr. Sun Yat Sen, NAPE, Macau, +853 8802 8888, www.mgm.mo/en/cotai