Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi is known for its cafe and American food. Since Twin River Worldwide Holdings bought the resort it’s introduced new favors and this week adds Asian cuisine and table games to the mix.
Thursday is the grand opening of Fortune Palace, a new table games area off the main casino floor, and the adjacent Macau Kitchen noodle bar. The ribbon will be cut at 3:45 p.m. and the area opens to the public at 4 p.m.
In the 2 1/2 years since the transfer of ownership at Hard Rock Biloxi, management has brought in Mexican cuisine by the pool, seafood and sushi at Half Shell Oyster House and Italian at Pie Five Pizza Co.
Macau Kitchen the 10th dining option at Hard Rock, said Todd Raziano, general manager of Hard Rock. “Asian cuisine was our one missing element and we are thrilled to add Macau Kitchen to our portfolio of options.”
Megan McGuinness, head of advertising for Twin River Management, said the new area is designed to cater to the Asian visitors who are coming in larger numbers to Hard Rock, and for those who want a great noodle bowl.
The servers speak Vietnamese and Chinese dialects. Overeeing the new area are Billy and Katherine Au, a husband-wife team who have worked at several casinos around the country.
“They’re bringing that experience of Asian cooking and gaming to Biloxi,” McGuinness said.
The poker room was converted into Fortune Palace, with Mini and Midi Baccarat, Pai Gow Poker Progressive and Double Deck Blackjack tables covered in deep-red felt.
Across the open Macau Kitchen is the noodle bar along with a half-dozen tables. With Hard Rock’s 479 hotel rooms, McGuinness said they expect a brisk takeout business.
The menu is a mix of small and quick bites such as steamed edamame, kimchi and shrimp and pork summer rolls along with a variety of soup, noodle bowls and specialty teas.
The house specialty is a crab soup. Among the choices of noodle bowls are assorted seafood or a brisket and beef pho seasoned with a sweet and sassy combination of lime, jalapeno, cilantro and basil.
Alcohol isn’t served at Macau Kitchen but can be carried in from the casino floor.
Hours for the new restaurant are 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2-10 p.m. Sunday and Monday. Fortune Palace will be open 24 hours, 7 days a week.