Min's Test Kitchen
We rarely list pop-up (or temporary) restaurants. But Min’s Test Kitchen is a little different. Its namesake chef, Min Kim, normally presides over Wynn Las Vegas’ excellent Japanese restaurant, Mizumi – a Neon Feast pick from Day 1, which is currently closed for renovations through early Fall 2023. In its absence, the chef has been given the reins of Wynn’s poolside breakfast and brunch spot, Jardin, during dinner hours. So this is a rare opportunity for Kim’s fans to see a different side of his personality and talent.
Those who visit Mizumi for its world-class sushi and sashimi will find the same exquisite cuts of fish and creative preparations on the Test Kitchen’s menu, alongside unexpected treats such as bao buns, shumai, bibimbap and an almost Polynesian spin on sweet-and-sour cod. It’s what Wynn calls “progressive Asian cuisine inspired by various countries across Asia and the Pacific where Chef Kim has lived,” including Korea, Australia, Japan and Hong Kong.
The restaurant itself is much more casual and high-energy than Mizumi: a bright open space with a large lounge area and ample outdoor seating. Kim’s pop-up occupies about 75% of Jardin’s space, which he’s accented with references to the music, fashion and art the chef loves (including canvased artwork by local street artist Pretty Done).