Beau Rivage’s Jia goes beyond noodles and sushi, brings in brilliant flavor

Innovative, creative and artful cuisine is in the limelight at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino at Jia, where the  menu features a Latin-Asian fusion concept. Long-known for its exquisite Pan-Asian cuisine, Jia and MGM Resorts International take diners on a new adventure for the appetite incorporating new flavors and textures to its AAA Four-Diamond menu.

Highlights include Nikkei dishes, where innovative food is matched by dramatic design and presentation. Nikkei combines Japanese techniques and ingredients with the exotic flavors of Latin America. Refined elements of Japanese cuisine and the festive and colorful elements of Peruvian culinary traditions are combined to create masterpieces, that are fusion to the core definition.

Jia, Japanese for “beautiful,” is known for its authentic sushi, teppanyaki and pan-Asian cuisine created from simple, quality ingredients within three distinct dining experiences – sushi bar, teppanyaki-style or a la carte dining. Nikkei translates into English as “beautiful love child,” and it is just that, using Latin American favorites to take Asian fusion beyond sushi, noodles and teppanyaki.

Many of the featured entrees are built upon facets of Korean cuisine’s harmonious relationship between nature and humans, an element that is accentuated in Jia’s offerings. That harmonious relationship is achieved by the Jia team’s understanding of local culture, art and locally-sourced products that are woven throughout the menu.

Incorporating more seasonal produce, meats and fresh-caught seafood sourced from local purveyors into the new dishes, as well as many of the favorites, maximizes flavor and freshness and assists in sustaining the local economy. A smattering of local staples,ranging from shrimp caught by Biloxi shrimpers to meats from Sweet Grass pastures and produce from Eubanks, both based in Lucedale, Miss., are found in an array of items throughout the menu at Jia.

“We are very fortunate to have some of the best seafood, literally, right outside our door, and it’s been a great experience working with our local suppliers to deliver some of the freshest items available to our guests,” said Jia General Manager Corey Boykin. “Connecting with our local ingredients, our local farmers and our culture, is important for the future, and the basis for Jia’s evolution in learning and developing cuisine that changes as our palates and lifestyles change.”

Guests will find many of their longstanding favorites are still on the menu.

Sweet lovers can complete their meal with decadent selections such as Molten Lava Chocolate Cake, Blueberry-Lemon Chiffon, Trio of Pots De Crème, or Lemongrass Bavarian.

An incredible selection of Asian, domestic and craft beers, 10 different sakes and hand-crafted cocktails can be found on the beverage menu. Featured mixed drinks include the SanJia (Sake Sangria), Lychee Martini, Dragonberry Mojito, Toki Sour, Mezcal Margarita, Lychee Mojito.

“Guests visiting Beau Rivage expect something different than they’ll find anywhere else on the Gulf Coast,” said Beau Rivage Vice President of Hotel/Food and Beverage Operations Jeff Segan. “MGM Resorts International puts a great emphasis on guest experience and ‘wowing’ the guests. The changes at Jia, from the 300 different daily specials, to incorporating local-sourced ingredients to bringing Nikkei to the South allow our incredibly-talented culinary team to create an experience that will ‘wow’ the palate, and one they can’t find anywhere else.”