Bally’s Twin River Opens Emerald Bay Asian Food Hall

The food hall features cuisine from Japan, Korea, China, Vietnam, Thailand and more from celebrity chef Jack Lee.
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Chef Jack Lee in front of Emerald Bay Food Hall at Bally’s Twin River in Lincoln. Photos by Jon Doucette Photography.

Bally’s Twin River in Lincoln may now draw people for its sushi just as much as its slot machines. I’m not an avid gambler, but I would drive the seven minutes from my workplace in Pawtucket to Bally’s for the new Emerald Bay Food Hall, headed up by celebrity chef Jack Lee, who is famous for his $100 egg roll (no mention if Bally’s will serve it, but we can beg!).

Chef Lee has cooked for celebrities like Angelina Jolie, Demi Lovato and Oprah Winfrey and he became famous for his $100 Vietnamese egg roll stuffed with luxurious ingredients, including Maine lobster tail, Alaskan king crab, Sevruga caviar and gold leaf, paired with a fresh raspberry and Sauvignon Blanc reduction dipping sauce and served with a bubbling glass of Dom Perignon champagne.

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This food hall serves up many different varieties of Asian cuisine from Japanese sushi to Chinese specialties and Thai food and Vietnamese pho mixed in between. The 150-seat dining hall features self-service kiosks where you can order your food, plenty of seating, and even an Asian bakery and boba tea cafe.

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Self-service kiosks at Emerald Bay Food Hall.

The name of the food hall is inspired by Emerald Bay State Park, which is located on the borders of Nevada and California, where there are turquoise waters and a tranquil environment. Cuisine at Emerald Bay Food Hall is representative of foods in Japan, Korea, China, Vietnam, Thailand and beyond. Favorite dishes include Thai chili crab síu mại and crispy fried dough or Hong Kong Harbor-style Dungeness crab. There are also more mainstream Korean short ribs and Chinese sesame chicken with pork fried rice as well as many noodle dishes.

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The food hall is part of the casino’s 40,000-foot expansion that includes new gaming attractions and tables, a 10,000-square foot spa and the food hall, plus a new cocktail bar called Plume and Proof.

Emerald Bay Food Hall is Open Sunday through Thursday from noon to midnight, and on Friday and Saturday it’s open from noon until 1 a.m. for late-night bites.

100 Twin River Rd., Lincoln, 1-844-9BALLYS,

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Bally’s Beverage Diretcor Frank Martucci at Proof and Plume cocktail bar.


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