There’s no better place to enjoy redefined Japanese cuisine amidst stunning decor than Mandalay Bay’s Kumi.
Their curated menu includes innovative sushi, sashimi, and nigiri, premium cuts of steak, bold dishes, and exceptional sakes and Japanese whiskeys.
Kumi also has an enchanting atmosphere and a chill ambiance that sets the scene for a night to remember.
Keep reading to learn about Kumi’s delectable dishes, specialty libations, dress code, how to find it, and more.
Looking to make a reservation for an upcoming visit to Kumi Japanese Restaurant in the Mandalay Bay? Kumi uses the Opentable restaurant reservation platform. Make your reservation today!
Contemporary Japanese Fare with Korean American Influence
Kumi’s food offerings showcase a mix of East-Asian and Korean flavors, bringing you a modern take on Japanese fare.
With seasonal fish, hot and cold shared plates, and more, their cuisine hits the spot. They also prioritize the use of sustainably sourced ingredients.
To help you build the perfect meal, the following sections explore the menu in-depth and highlight house specialties.
The Menu at Kumi Restaurant
Cool Shared Plates
Right off the bat, Kumi’s menu features essential, cool shared plates for the table.
The Steak Tartare and the Bluefin Tuna Pizza are house specialties, so make sure to try at least one of them.
For something even more decadent, try the Tuna Tartare with Caviar and a truffle soy sauce.
Warm Shared Plates
The Warm Shared Plates at Kumi bring you classic Asian appetizers like Edamame and Pork Belly Bao Buns.
This section of the menu also has hearty, crowd-pleasing options like Maple Glazed Pork Ribs, Wagyu Gyoza, and Chicken Karaage, which can also be made vegan.
Last but not least, Kumi’s Signature Fried Rice with veggies, organic egg, and your choice of protein is another must-try dish.
For some light veggies with tasty dressing, add a salad to your meal. Kumi offers classic Asian salad options like Seaweed and Cucumber.
They also serve a Citrus Greens salad with a bright ginger miso vinaigrette and a Watercress Caesar that puts a zesty spin on the classic recipe.
When you’re in the mood for a prime cut of beef or a delicious chicken entree, the menu’s Land section has you covered.
It includes four premium steaks, including the house favorite Wagyu Ribeye, and a drool-worthy short rib dish, all proudly sourced from reputable purveyors.
Whether you prefer tomahawk, ribeye, or striploin, Kumi does not disappoint. The Teri Glazed Jidori Chicken is also hearty, tender, and moist.
Selections from the sea are made with premium, fresh ingredients, hints of citrus, and perfectly paired sauces.
The Kombu Steamed Chilean Sea Bass, a house specialty, is prepared with bok choy, lemon, and onion ponzu, resulting in a mouth-watering dish.
Other options include Miso-Glazed Black Cod and Pan Seared Ora King Salmon.
Kumi offers several hearty vegetable side dishes, perfect for adding to any Land and Sea selection or for plant-based diets.
The most popular are the Grilled Eggplant, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, and Jumbo Grilled Asparagus. The Yuzu Garlic Mushrooms are also buttery and delicious.
Chef’s Tasting Menu
While the Chef’s Tasting Menu requires the entire table to participate, it’s well worth getting everyone to agree.
Selecting either of the prix fixe menus allows you to sample many of the house’s best dishes in a complimentary manner.
The Signature menu comes with various starters and your choice of entree.
The Premier menu comes with a collection of appetizers, including sushi, your choice of entree, and a chef’s selection of mochi ice cream for dessert.
Further down the menu, you’ll also find several Chef’s Combination options, which are great for touring the sushi menu.
If you want to skip the entrees and focus on sushi and sashimi, these selections make a perfect choice.
Nigiri and Sashimi
The nigiri and sashimi at Kumi are made with exceptionally fresh, sustainably sourced fish and seafood.
Their top-quality creations include typical options like shrimp, tuna, and salmon but also include a range of exotic choices like Japanese Sea Bream, Fluke, and both Fresh and Salt Water Eel.
Each option comes with two pieces per order, so I recommend picking a few to share.
The Kumi Rolls feature familiar ingredients and inspired flavor combinations you won’t want to miss.
If you enjoy spicy sauces, try the Hot Mess. Not only is it a house specialty, but you won’t be able to get enough of its screaming O sauce.
The Kumikaze with spicy salmon, masago, cucumber, avocado, negi, salmon, sliced lemon, and ponzu also makes a solid choice.
Or, for a unique plant-based roll, try the Garden roll with authentic Japanese vegetables.
Kumi offers a few classic rolls to round out their eclectic selection of sushi.
These rolls are a bit simpler than other options, but they still feature top-quality flavors, so don’t overlook them. The Soft Shell Crab, Unagi, and Yellowtail Negi make outstanding choices.
The King Crab California also puts a new spin on a familiar favorite.
Kumi has a range of delectable desserts for various tastes.
The Valrhona Chocolate Brownie is my top recommendation. Made with Godiva liqueur, candied ginger, 24-karat milk crisp, and diplomat cream, its decadent flavors are the perfect end to any meal.
The Matcha Green Tea Bread Pudding with Japanese whisky, white chocolate, strawberries, and vanilla is also exceptional.
Kumi’s bar menu features an extensive selection of fine wines, ultra-premium sakes, Japanese beer, and Japanese whiskeys.
They also mix up an array of handcrafted specialty libations. If you like sweet drinks, try the Kumi Killer with coconut rum, pineapple, orange, cream of coconut, and a dash of fresh nutmeg.
Or, for something a bit stronger, try one of the Japanese whisky flights.
Reservations at Kumi Restaurant
Kumi Restaurant in the Mandalay Bay uses the Opentable restaurant reservation platform, making it easy for diners to find availability, make a reservation, receive confirmation, and edit/cancel a reservation if plans change.
Opentable doesn’t require you to create an account, but if you do, you can earn points each time you make a reservation and complete your dining experience. Points can be redeemed for various perks including Amazon Gift Cards!
An Upscale Atmosphere with Stunning Decor
At Kumi, intricate design elements and breathtaking decor immerse you in an enchanting atmosphere, perfect for nearly any occasion.
The restaurant is filled with natural woods, cherry blossom hues, and hammered steel accents that transport you to another world.
Ambient beats further amplify the chill ambiance and give the upscale space a chic feel overall.
Things To Know About Kumi in Mandalay Bay Hotel
Location: From the casino, go straight down the walkway on the left-hand side, and Kumi will be on your right.
Hours of Operation:
- Dinner Monday-Sunday 4 PM-10 PM
- Bar & Lounge Monday-Sunday 4 PM-11 PM
- Hours subject to change
Dress Code: The dress code at Kumi is resort casual. Polo or collared shirts, light blouses, linen pants, dresses, and comfortable shoes are all appropriate.
Price: Couples can expect to pay about $175 to $275 for a well-rounded meal, including appetizers, various dishes, cocktails, and a dessert.
MGM Rewards Dining Perks: The Mandalay Bay is a part of MGM Resorts, so if you’re an MGM Rewards member, you can earn or redeem points for dining at Kumi. MGM Rewards membership is free. You can find more information here at MGM Resorts – MGM Rewards.
Kumi in Summary
Kumi is the perfect place to enjoy an intimate date night or an elevated meal with friends and family.
From the captivating ambiance to the use of sustainably sourced ingredients in their modern Japanese cuisine, their careful attention to detail is evident in every element.
I hope this in-depth review was helpful, and thanks for checking us out here at the Las Vegas Report!
If you’re looking for more dining options at this amazing resort, check out our complete guide to restaurants in the Mandalay Bay and Delano.