Over the summer, chef Min Kim’s esteemed sushi restaurant, Mizumi, closed temporarily for renovations. While Mizumi’s interior was gutted and redone to Kim’s design preferences, he took over evenings at Jardin as part of a pop-up. The plan was always that the Min’s Test Kitchen pop-up would end by late 2023 when Kim would return to a sparkly new Mizumi, cooking the sushi, sashimi, yakitori braised short ribs, and scallop tataki that made the restaurant a regular entrant in the Eater Vegas 38. But Mizumi has reopened without the expected fanfare — and without executive chef Kim.
A spokesperson for Wynn Las Vegas said that Kim resigned from the company in September to pursue another opportunity and Mizumi reopened on November 2. Ahead of the pop-up, Kim had said his restaurant was getting “stripped to the bones” for the makeover, with a new color palette to replace Mizumi’s signature red interior. In 2020, Kim — the former executive chef at Mizumi at Wynn Palace in Cotai in Macau — stepped into the kitchen at Mizumi Las Vegas. He had previously worked at the Michelin two-starred Narisawa in Tokyo and the Michelin three-starred Ryugin before joining Mizumi in Macau.
Now open, Mizumi’s bold ruby hues have been replaced with natural and comforting elements of wood, with cream-colored tile and neutral furnishings. The sushi bar which had faced a wall of masks now faces a tiled wall. Patent white and red dining chairs have been replaced with cool-toned wooden chairs with gray upholstery. And the wrought-iron gates marking Mizumi’s entrance have been swapped out for slatted wood coverings.
The menu is largely unchanged, with selections of nigiri; chilled Pacific oysters; chawanmushi egg custard with uni, caviar, and black truffle; and A5 wagyu beef fried rice. A robatayaki grill offers black tiger shrimp with lemon, lamb chops with maple miso butter, and chicken yakitori.
Wynn said that a new executive chef would be announced in the coming weeks. Kim did not respond to a request for comment.