Chef Rainer Becker Brings Zuma to Las Vegas - Food & Beverage Mag

Chef Rainer Becker Brings Zuma to Las Vegas

CHEF RAINER BECKER BRINGS THE ICONIC ZUMA TO THE WEST COAST, OPENING JANUARY 28 AT THE COSMOPOLITAN OF LAS VEGAS

Be Among the First to Experience the Internationally-Acclaimed Restaurant and Its Contemporary Japanese Cuisine

On January 28, 2017, a new culinary energy will emerge as Zuma opens its doors for the first time on the West Coast at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, marking the iconic brand’s eleventh location in its international collection.

Created and co-founded by acclaimed Chef Rainer Becker, Zuma takes its inspiration from the popular Japanese izakaya, where guests enjoy a dining and drinking style that uniquely embraces every element of Japanese cooking under one roof. The foundation of Zuma’s philosophy offers an authentic and complete dining experience, where all elements are of equal importance and each complements the taste and flavor of the cuisine.

“We are thrilled to be opening Zuma in Las Vegas. America is such an incredibly diverse country and our success on the East Coast in both New York and Miami has been really encouraging. Las Vegas is adrenalin charged, it is one of the world’s most unique cities.  There is a pulse of excitement and anticipation throughout the entire team as we look forward to introducing Zuma to the already dynamic Las Vegas restaurant scene” said Rainer Becker.

On the Plate

Zuma’s menu features a variety of dishes from its three kitchens—the main kitchen, the sushi counter and the robata grill. True to the izakaya experience, guests are offered dishes designed to be shared and brought to the table continuously throughout the meal. The menu offers a wide selection of elegantly presented dishes, including many items that are bolder in flavor than traditional Japanese cuisine.

Signature dishes from the three kitchens include:

The main kitchen includes dishes such as – suzuki no sashimiseabass sashimi with yuzu, truffle and salmon roe; hourensou no goma aeblanched baby spinach with creamy sesame dressing; and the tsubu-miso hinadori no oven yakibaby chicken oven roasted with barley miso on cedar wood.

The sushi counter includes offerings like – wagyu gunkan no caviarwagyu beef, ginger and caviar; dynamite spider rollsoftshell crab, chili and wasabi tobiko mayo; and the spicy yellowtail roll yellowtail, serrano pepper, avocado and wasabi mayo.

The robata grill includes gyuhire sumibiya kikarami zuke, a spicy beef tenderloin with sesame, red chili and sweet soy; tori no tebasaki, one of Chef Rainer’s personal favorites, which are sake glazed chicken wings, sea salt and lime; and the wagyu tomahawk steak 28oz with fresh truffle.

In the Glass

Complementing Zuma’s menu is an exemplary bar program featuring heritage cocktails, using fresh ingredients, fruits, and juices; Japanese ingredients like sake, shochu, yuzu and shiso leaves; as well as hand-carved ice blocks shaped appropriately for the cocktail.

Guests will enjoy compelling cocktails like the rubabu with rhubarb infused sake, vodka, passion fruit and lemon; geisha smash with Ketel One, shiso leaves, cucumber, elder flower and yuzu; and the yuzu paloma with tequila blanco, homemade yuzu Campari; soda and green tea salt.

Zuma will also feature the exclusive Zuma Zacapa Live Solera this spring 2017, making the Las Vegas venue one of only 11 restaurants in the world to serve the individually- crafted Zuma Zacapa Live Solera cocktail, blended with locally sourced ingredients before it is aged and served.

Rounding out the beverage program are Zuma’s non-alcoholic cleansers, as well as a diverse selection of sake and wine.

Around the Room

Designed by Noriyoshi Muramatsu of Tokyo-based Studio Glitt, the 9,000 square-foot space will capture the style and elegance of the international Zuma brand. Incorporating the beauty of the four natural elements—earth, fire, water and air, as well as wood, rusted iron, stone and glass, Muramatsu will create a texturally rich, sophisticated yet relaxed ambiance.

Contrasting the neon lights and man-made structures of Las Vegas, many of Zuma’s focal points incorporate organic materials, such as a feature wall composed of natural stone from Chiang Mai, Thailand. The reception desk, bar and sushi counter are all made of grand tree trunks, also sourced from Thailand. The patchwork wall in the lounge has been created from boldly-colored Japanese paper.

The extraordinary restaurant, located on the third floor of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, features beautiful views of the Las Vegas Strip and offers two glass-enclosed private dining rooms, both of which seat 14 guests.

Reservations are available now by calling 702.698.2199.

From the 13th – 18th January reservation lines will be open from 9 am – 6 pm. From 19th January the lines will be open from 9 am – 10 pm.

Upon opening on January 28, 2017, reservations will be available daily from 5:45 -11 pm. The bar will be open from 5 pm to 12 am.

About Zuma:

Zuma was co-founded by Rainer Becker and Arjun Waney in 2002. Zuma London, the first restaurant to open, remains the brand’s homestead. All of Zuma’s management and chefs are extensively trained in London before working in Zuma’s international locations.  Zuma has successfully launched several locations across the world including Hong Kong (2007), Dubai (2008), Istanbul (2008), Miami (2010), Bangkok (2011), Datca Peninsula (2013), Abu Dhabi (2014), New York (2014) and Rome (2016). Zuma’s characteristic culinary concept features a main kitchen, sushi counter and robata grill offering modern, sophisticated Japanese cuisine. For more information, please visit ZUMA’s website www.zumarestaurant.com.

Follow Zuma Las Vegas on Instagram @zumalasvegasofficial, like them on Facebook at facebook.com/ZumaLasVegasOfficial and visit www.zumarestaurant.com for more information.

About The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas:

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is a luxury casino and resort offering a decidedly different perspective from its commitment to integrating art into every experience to the world renowned Restaurant Collection and distinct entertainment venues. Located at the heart of The Strip, its unique vertical multi-tower design offers spectacular views of the vibrant city. The 3,005-room resort features oversized residential-style living spaces with expansive, one-of-a-kind private terraces. Luxurious amenities include a 100,000-square-foot-casino with the newly-added Race & Sports Book Powered by CG Technology and expanded high stakes gaming area, The Talon Club; Sahra Spa & Hammam and Violet Hour | Hair | Nails | Beauty; three unique pool experiences; Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub, a multi-level integrated indoor and outdoor nightclub; an intriguing mix of bars and lounges including The Chandelier, an iconic multi-level bar experience; 150,000 square feet of state-of-the-art convention and meeting space; 40,000-square-foot performance and event venue The Chelsea; and a modern supper club with live music and entertainment at Rose. Rabbit. Lie. An eclectic line-up of retailers include: AllSaints, CRSVR Sneaker Boutique, DNA2050, Jason of Beverly Hills, Molly Brown’s Swimwear, Rent the Runway, Retrospecs& Co, Skins 62 Cosmetics and STITCHED. Signature restaurants include: Beauty & Essex from Chef Chris Santos and TAO Group; Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill by restaurateurs Bruce and Eric Bromberg; acclaimed Los Angeles eatery Eggslut by Chef Alvin Cailan; Estiatorio Milos, by international restaurateur Costas Spiliadis; Holsteins from Block 16 Hospitality; Jaleo and China Poblano restaurants by acclaimed Chef José Andrés; bakery concept Milk Bar from chef Christina Tosi; Momofuku Las Vegas by renowned chef David Chang; Scarpetta and D.O.C.G. by award-winning Chef Scott Conant; popular steakhouse STK from The ONE Group; cold-pressed local juicery The Juice Standard; bustling culinary food hall Wicked Spoon; all-day dining concept The Henry; and Starbucks, which includes a one-of-a-kind art installation.

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