February 9 - Imperial Court at MGM MACAU Garners Black Pearl Restaurant Guide One-Diamond Award

[Thursday, February 9] MGM is honored to announce that its restaurant Imperial Court at MGM MACAU has been awarded the rating of One-diamond from Black Pearl Restaurant Guide 2023. The accolade recognizes MGM’s distinguished culinary expertise and the Company’s contributions in strengthening Macau’s positioning as the UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy. Meanwhile, the award serves as a milestone for the restaurant’s inheritance and innovation of Lingnan cuisine in the Chinese dining landscape.

Upon receiving this prestigious honor, Geoffrey Simmons, Vice President of Food & Beverage at MGM, expressed his appreciation. “This recognition exemplifies MGM’s endeavor in enriching the local F&B scene, which motivates the team to continue delivering the best. In support of the enlightenment of Chinese cuisines, MGM hopes that Imperial Court’s unique positioning of Lingnan specialties could help drive the innovative heritage of the Lingnan culture and promote the culinary essence of southern China, as well as regional Chinese cuisines to guests from around the world.”

Reveals the Essence of Lingnan Culinary Culture

Imperial Court, helmed by Chef de Cuisine Homan Tsui, serves enticing Cantonese dining traditions with a modern twist. With over 20 years of experience in the culinary industry, Chef Homan has developed his own definition of Lingnan cuisine which includes dishes from the general regions of Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan, Hong Kong, and Macau, as well as flavors from Chaozhou and Hakka.

The essence of Lingnan culinary culture, which are seasonality, balanced seasoning and focus on the original flavors of ingredients, inspire Chef Homan to cook with a full range of culinary methods, including “quick” stir-frying that highlights the crispness of seasonal vegetables and “slow” stewing that transforms poultry into tender, delectable bites. While paying full respect to Lingnan traditions, Chef Homan also values creativity in his practice, which pushes him to continue expanding horizons of gastronomy enthusiasts while at the same time keeping pace with the contemporary dining scene.

Black Pearl Degustation Menu

In celebration of this proud achievement, Imperial Court introduces a special Black Pearl Degustation Menu, which features a lineup of the restaurant’s signature dishes that pay tributes to the delightful gem of authentic Lingnan culinary culture, to all epicures.

Highlights of the menu include Crispy fried chicken skin with shrimp mousse and salted fish flakes, a Lingnan handcrafted classic well-known as the “deconstructed chicken”, which is reinvented by Chef Homan to a whole new level at Imperial Court. Swapping steamed chicken skin to crunchy crispy-fried top shell offsets the shrimp mousse made of three types of shrimps – Japanese Obsiblue prawn, Vietnamese white shrimp and Kuruma prawn from Pearl River Delta Region, a thoughtful combination that gives the shrimp mousse an al dente texture and a vivid taste profile full of sweetness and umami. Finishing the refined creation with freeze-dried salted fish flakes, a specialty ingredient unique to Macau, to enrich the overall palate, this contrasting yet heavenly balanced delicacy is bespoken for Lingnan gastronomy. Moreover, its net-inspired plating also pays homage to the historic past of Macau as a fishing village.

Another nostalgic Cantonese dish on the menu, Braised partridge porridge with bird’s nest and Yunnan ham, was a porridge-like soup dish commonly served for children and elderly back in the days. The hearty broth concentrates the essence of the partridge in the form of slow cook, while the texture is further enhanced by the starchiness from the yam and the nutritious minced breast, complete with a delicate touch of bird’s nest on top. Other highlights include the Tossed handmade shrimp roe egg noodles with shredded sea cucumber and barbecued pork and more, which exemplify the core of Chef Homan’s culinary philosophy – adorning traditional Lingnan gastronomy with creative use of premium ingredients.

The six-course Black Pearl Degustation Menu is priced at MOP1,280* per person, with supplementary tea and wine pairing options at additional MOP 300* and MOP 500* respectively. For restaurant enquiry and reservation, please call (853) 8802 2361 or email imperialcourt@mgm.mo .

*Subject to 10% service charge.


About Black Pearl Restaurant Guide

Hosted by Meituan Dianping, Black Pearl Restaurant Guide is one of the most credible professional restaurant guides in the current Chinese food and beverage industry, which is created with the contributions of reputed gourmets, gastronomic experts, and cuisine culture influencers. Based on the principles of anonymity, professionalism and precision, the Guide appraises millions of restaurants to select the best according to culinary quality, dining experience, and inheritance & innovation, with the aim of creating a restaurant list that appeals to Chinese taste buds. While aspired to explore and promote Chinese culinary culture, the Guide also propels the development of China’s dining scene.

About MGM

MGM is an abbreviation for MGM China Holdings Limited (HKEx: 2282) and is a leading developer, owner and operator of gaming and lodging resorts in the Greater China region. We are the holding company of MGM Grand Paradise, SA which holds one of the six gaming concessions to run casino games in Macau. MGM Grand Paradise, SA owns and operates MGM MACAU, the award-winning premium integrated resort located on the Macau Peninsula and MGM COTAI, a contemporary luxury integrated resort in Cotai, which opened in early 2018 and more than doubles our presence in Macau.

MGM MACAU is a Forbes Five-Star luxury integrated resort inspired by the arts with every element of the resort infused with creativity and style. MGM MACAU has approximately 600 guest rooms and suites and boasts a number of distinguishing features, including the architecturally stunning European-inspired Grande Praça, housed under a soaring glass ceiling. MGM MACAU’s world class facilities include the MGM Art Space, dedicating over 5,000 square feet to display authentic works of art, conference and event facilities, spa, and seven signature restaurants and bars to fulfill any gastronomic craving. Our property is conveniently located on the Macau Peninsula and is directly connected to the luxury retail shopping complex, One Central.

MGM COTAI is the latest integrated resort of MGM in China. Designed as the “jewelry box” of Cotai, it offers approximately 1,400 hotel rooms and suites, Asia’s first dynamic theater, meeting space, high end spa, retail offerings and food and beverage outlets as well as the first international Mansion at MGM for the ultimate luxury experience. The Spectacle at MGM COTAI becomes the record holder of the largest free-span gridshell glazed roof (self-supporting) on January 19, 2019, making it the first architectural and structural GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for Macau, China. MGM COTAI is being developed to drive greater product diversification and bring more advanced and innovative forms of entertainment to Macau as it grows as a global tourist destination. MGM COTAI is the only mega complex and hotel in Macau to gain three-star certification in both Green Building Design and Operation Label, as well as the first hotel in the Greater Bay Area and second in Greater China to receive the certifications.

MGM China Holdings Limited is majority owned by MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM), one of the world's leading global hospitality companies, operating a portfolio of destination resort brands including Bellagio, MGM Grand and Mandalay Bay.

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