It wasn’t long ago that I saw Morimoto mentioned on a episode of The Best Thing I Ever Ate. I don’t remember who mentioned him, but I do remember that he showed this unbelievably gorgeous tuna tartare dish, and immediately I added his restaurant to my list…his New York restaurant. I didn’t even know until a couple days ago that he had a Philadelphia restaurant. Then I found out that it was less than a 10 minute walk from the hotel. So, I was determined to round up a couple of people and head over there for dinner.
Walking to Morimoto’s we made our way through some construction and an area that I would say isn’t exactly the type of place you would think would house an Iron Chef. But, I kept my mind open, and as we turned down the street, things started to look a bit more up kept, though it was still a little old and dated (I think it’s a Philly thing). We nearly missed the restaurant though because of its very simple, non-descript exterior. The inside though, was quite different. Extremely modern with straight edges, ambient lighting and other great touches. When we sat down and started looking at the menu, I was having a lot of trouble deciding. Everything looked so delicious, and I was definitely in the mood to try multiple dishes. So, I decided to splurge for a little bit and ordered the 7 course chef’s tasting menu.
The nice thing about Morimoto’s is that all of the food is prepared to order, so doesn’t all come out at once. Instead, it comes out when it is determined it’s ready, and they encourage you to just eat as it will be variable for everyone. The consensus opinion was that the food was incredible with the Chicken Ramen being regarded as the best chicken soup ever (two different people). Rather than writing about each of the courses, I’ve included a photo tour through the menu (I apologize for the quality as all I had was my iPhone in low lighting). There is a final rating at the end, though there are some individual comments scattered throughout.
Toro Tuna Tartare with caviar in yuzu dashi broth with crispy shallots and a little wasabi
This was amazing! The flavors and the almost creaminess of the fish. I would have just liked a big bowl of this!
Oyster Trio – Japanese “Salsa”, Ceviche Style (lime and cilantro), Fish Sauce and Jalepeno
Big-Eyed Snapper Carpacchio finished in a hot oil
Exotic Amberjack Salad
I can’t remember what the sauce was, but it was excellent!
Blackberry Ginger Balsamic Soda
This showed me why lobster is great. The best lobster I’ve ever had, without a doubt!
Nigiri Sushi Presentation – Toro, Snapper, Mackerel, ???, Orange Clam
I forgot to write them all down, but I’m sure on the Toro and the Clam because the were melt in your mouth delicious. Toro is always good, this was a new level!
Dessert – Tea Soaked Butter Cake, White Peach and a Vanilla Cream
The whole meal at Morimoto’s was absolutely incredible. I’m already trying to figure out when I can get to New York with Jennifer so that she will have an opportunity to have some incredible Japanese food!