Here Comes Kumi!

Kumi Japanese Restaurant + Bar, helmed by Yellowtail’s chef Akira Back, will open to the public July 23 at Mandalay Bay, joining Light Group’s other concepts there, Citizens Kitchen & Bar and the revamped Red Square. Back’s modern Japanese menu has a Korean-American twist, and includes such items as whitefish carpaccio, Kobe beef tacos and a bone-in pork chop with apple-miso glaze. More eccentric fare includes the “007 Octopussy Roll,” composed of crab salad, crisp potatoes and—what else?—spicy octopus. Kumi’s sushi bar will feature cobalt-blue tiles, and adjacent, there will be a rotunda painted with blossoming cherry trees. The 10,000-square-foot space will seat more than 300 hungry guests.

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