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October 11, 2005

Mirage: Volcano and Japonais

Posted by Hunter

Some new renderings from MGM MIRAGE on the changes coming up - check out that volcano!

Japonais Outside
Japonais Inside
Mirage Volcano

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October 11, 2005 7:39 PM Posted by Mike C

Maybe they just abused Copy & Paste too much, but it looks like a vineyard caught on fire.

October 11, 2005 8:46 PM Posted by Mike E

I was thinking more along the lines of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

October 12, 2005 7:20 AM Posted by detroit1051

I'm looking forward to the restaurant changes at Mirage. The description of Japanois in the Mirage website's press releases sounds interesting. I just hope they don't screw up Kokomo's tropical atmosphere with the renovation; ditto for the volcano; it better turn out better than the pirate village and battle next door at TI.

October 12, 2005 6:29 PM Posted by charlie

nice volcano...maybe a symbolic reference to above ground A-bomb testing...

i generally like what they are doing with The Mirage, but hope the changes are not limited to the high roller salons and restaurants. its time the pink and black carpet and the rest of the late 80's decor (i.e., the signage, ceiling), needs to go as well.

nothing wrong with south pacific ultra-mod, in my book. good hawaiian resort architecture has always had clean lines. now is time to take the good work done at the high roller salon and replicate throughout.

October 12, 2005 6:48 PM Posted by Hunter

I think people know how I feel about this - I am cautiously optimistic, based on the other changes already completed.

I agree that the ceiling needs a remodel. Compared to ceilings at Bellagio and Wynn, it looks really cheap. New areas at TI and The Mirage have great dark wood ceilings that would work great.

Signage - this one is tougher. MGM MIRAGE's attempts at new signage at Bellagio are horrible, looking totally out of place.

October 12, 2005 7:33 PM Posted by Mike P

Sorry to be a spelling scold, but the name is Japonais. It's an outpost of a trendy and fairly new Chicago restaurant.

Here's an excerpt from a capsule review in Chicago Magazine. I don't think they put these online:

"The setting by the New York designer Jeffery Beers, complete with riverfront patio, is stunning, but no more so than the fabulous offerings of chef Gene Kato and sushi chef Jun Ichikawa. Appetizers and sushi are the core of the menu, starting with monkfish foie gras wrapped with octopus and nori and sweet shrimp tartare with avocado mousse served in four won ton shells,each topped with a different kind of fish roe..." (Descriptions of main courses and desserts follow)

I haven't eaten there, but one of my wife's partners has and enjoyed it. I haven't eaten at Mikado either, but I bet this is aimed at a younger and "hipper" crowd.

October 12, 2005 8:00 PM Posted by Hunter

Thanks - good point. I am correcting the spelling errors.

October 13, 2005 11:35 AM Posted by A German tourist

I hope they don't overdo the new volcano like they've done the added animal voices. While I really like the idea they are actually way too loud.

Less can be so much more.