Master Japanese Chef Masa Takayama’s First Teppan Concept Opens at Las Vegas’ ARIA August 1

July 28, 2012 by  

Master Japanese Chef Masa Takayama’s First Teppan Concept Opens at Las Vegas’ ARIA August 1
On August 1, Michelin-starred Chef Masa Takayama will debut Tetsu, his first teppan concept at ARIA Resort & Casino. Tetsu will deliver an intimate dining experience featuring the fresh, high-quality ingredients, and unparalleled culinary techniques for which Chef Masa is renowned. 

“Tetsu translates to ‘iron’ in Japanese, which is why we refer to the Iron Chef in Japan as ‘Tetsu,’” said Tetsu Executive Chef/Creator, Masa Takayama. “It is the idea that the chef cannot be beat. This concept will be embodied at Tetsu – you will not find this quality of teppan cooking anywhere else – it is the best of the best.”

“Tetsu is a testament to ARIA’s establishment as a top dining destination, not only in Las Vegas, but the world,” said CityCenter President and COO Bill McBeath. “We are honored to house yet another Masa Takayama culinary masterpiece and look forward to offering our guests this exclusive dining experience.”

Tetsu will feature highly skilled teppan chefs overseeing six grills – four blackjack-style tables and two communal teppan grill tables seating five and 10, respectively. A produce table serves as the room’s centerpiece, displaying the finest quality meats and seafood; and offering guests the opportunity to select the proteins for their entrée, specifying the exact cut, portion size and preparation style they desire.

The à la carte teppan grill menu allows guests to taste a variety of offerings such as the Toro Tartare with Caviar, Sizzling Jalapeño Octopus and Oyster with Tomatillo Ceviche. Other main course grilled offerings range from Center-Cut Lamb Chop and Herbed Chicken Thigh to Foie Gras.

For the full Masa experience, Chef’s world-renowned sushi and sashimi also will be available, including delicacies such as Toro Fatty Tuna, Giant Clam and Live Shrimp. Served chilled as well as grilled, the incredibly fresh, skillfully sourced seafood such as Sea Bass from Chile, Scottish Salmon and Maine Lobster Tail provides a diverse selection that will delight guests.

Side accompaniments including Yakisoba Noodles, Garlic Butter Fried Rice, Habanero Shrimp Nuggets and Spicy Mango Zucchini Julienne Salad will complement the main course. Masa’s unexpected and refreshing desserts – such as his famous Truffle Ice Cream, Grapefruit Granite and Yuzu Sorbet – will complete the meal.

Tetsu’s hours of operation will be Wednesday through Sunday 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. Guests enter Tetsu through barMASA, located adjacent to the stunning ARIA lobby. For more information or to make reservations, call 702.590.7111 or visit

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