Las Vegas California California will continue as Resorts World brings Executive Chef Ray Garcia to the resort’s new collection of restaurants opening this summer on the north end of the Las Vegas Strip. Garcia joins Las Vegas’ own chef Nicole Brisson, who is opening two of her own new restaurants at the resort.
Garcia, who ran Broken Spanish and BS Taqueria with Mexican-American cuisine, is planning the debut of ¡Viva! with regional Mexican cuisine. Resorts World calls the project a “collaboration with Esquire Magazine’s Chef of the Year 2015” that takes place in a modern room with a colorful design. Garcia’s Broken Spanish closed last summer, and Eater LA called it “one of the city’s biggest food losses as an ongoing coronavirus [pandemic] continues to run through the entire industry. “Garcia closed BS Taqueria in 2019 after lengthy lease negotiations with the landlord.
Brisson, who was the 2020 James Beard Foundation semi-finalist for Best Chef Southwest, is opening two new branches at the resort this summer with former Mina Group Vice President Jason Rocheleau. Brezza plans to serve Italian coastal dishes such as hand-made pasta, seafood, Brisson’s “traditional hand-picked breeds” and beef from Creekstone Farms, paired wines from Italy and the Italian digestif Amari.
A representation of the entrance to the Zazu Resorts World bar [Official Site]
The Zazu Bar from Brisson and Rocheleau has a European café that serves hot and cold tapas, cheese and charcuterie, as well as sweet and savory pastries and wines by the glass, bottle and on flights. Beers and cocktails from different regions of Europe round off the restaurant’s menu.
Brisson previously worked as the head chef at Locale Italian Kitchen, the restaurant she opened near Mountain’s Edge in June 2019 with restaurateur Andy Hooper. Brisson was one of four local semi-finalists for a James Beard Foundation award for Best Chef in the Southwest in 2020. Before heading the locale, she was the Executive Chef of Eataly at Park MGM. The former head chef at Carnevino im Palazzo and head chef di cucina at Otto Enoteca e Pizzeria in the Grand Canal Shoppes helped with chefs Steven Kalt and Paul Bartolotta to open Wynn Las Vegas.
A representation of the interior of Genting Palace Resorts World [Official Site]
The resort is also planning to open the Genting Palace, featuring Cantonese cuisine, seafood and dim sum from parent company Genting Group. The restaurant, which originally opened in 1965, specializes in marble gobies and braised traditional pork rib schnitzel.
Resorts World is also debuting in Kusa Nori, a sushi bar with teppanyaki grills. The Japanese restaurant plans to serve yakitori and teppanyaki dishes, and has a wide variety of sake in stock.
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