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Posted by Diego on 02/19/2006
As I walked in the restaurant, I was greeted by a wonderful staff whom even though are still in training, were really polite and friendly. As I looked past the chairs and bottled walls (very creative) I could see Mr. Morimoto at work which got me really excited! I took my girlfriend in for her B-Day and asked the host if Mr. Morimoto had a second to come to the table and greet us...He surprised us by giving us a little twirl while singing Happy Birthday! Amazing...After greeting us and giving us his autograph he went back to work and we ordered our food...I ordered the Duck Duck Duck...which was pretty good...as a Chinese person I had the Peking Duck..but never like the way he prepared it...(a foi gras croissant) with duck meat on the inside...truly an art work...the most amazing item was the Mint Leave tea w/ gunpowder...which I don't know how the gunpowder works...but the taste was amazing! I recommend everyone to go try the restaurant...and I will definately go back.
Posted by Food Lover on 02/13/2006
My boyfriend and I went there for v-day. We both had the $120 omakase. We both agree that the one in philly is so much better. I didn't think it was worth the price at all. I don't think we'll be going back again because it wasn't what we expected.
Posted by Michael on 02/13/2006
My wife and I went to Morimto's last Saturday night. The food was delish. We'd been to his restaurant in Philadelphia where we had the omakase which was ethereal and heavenly, but we wanted to try something different in NYC. After the omakase in Philly, we expected to have smaller dishes when we ordered ala carte. It wasn't so. For cold starters, we had the Toro Tartare which I thought was beautiful, tastey and fun to eat. We also had the tempura squid salad which was almost a meal sized salad - very good. For hot starters, we had the the oyster foie gras which was small, but heavenly with a beautiful presentation - you're served three, but I would gladly have eaten a dozen. Devine. We also had the rock shrimp. Very tasty, but a bit common. For the entree, we had the lobster and the cod. The lobster was delicious, but the cod was even better. We saw the duck served next to us, which looked lovely, but also appeared to be a bit too much work. Sevice was good, but still needs to be polished a bit. When we were seated, they wanted to sit us off the front room, rather than in the main dining area. We asked for the main dining area and were accomodated. The bartenders downstairs for our pre-dinner drink were friendly, smiling and helpful - very good. We ordered wine by the glass and got the 1/2 glass (full) rather than the 2/3 that I'm accustomed to. The coat check area needs definite refinement. It looked more like my closet as a bachelor than what I'd expect at Morimotos. We had a wonderful time, the food was excellent, and we look forward to returning soon. Hope this helped.
Posted by James on 02/11/2006
I was nervous about going to Morimoto after reading the last review, but it turned out to be the best meal I've had in a long time! I recommend getting the Omakase dinner (basicly a chef's tasting menu) which is steep at $120, but, in my opinion, actually better than Per Se's $225 prix fixe. The variety is amazing, and everything tasted great. It's far and away the best way to experience the restaurant. Standout a-la-carte dishes include the Rock Shrimp Tempura (the portion with wasabi aioli was unbelievable), Japanese Boullibaise, and Lobster Epice. The Chocolate Torte desert was divine; easily the best treat I've had in a year. Trust me and don't skip that one. The staff seemed like they were adjusting somewhat, and there were a few inconsistincies, but in general they were fine, and our waitress could not have been better; she was courteous, attentive and knowledgable. In addition, the place looks spectacular, and they create the effect, wherever you're sitting, of being in a much smaller room, which is quite nice. The bathrooms were out-of-this-world (heated toilet seats are just the beginning). Also meeting chef Morimoto himself was quite a treat (he was very funny!). The only two low points were the drinks (two out of two were poor) and the tiny portions of appetizers (though the huge portions of entrees do make up for that). Also, the prices are high, but you truly do get what you pay for (aside from many appetizers). The fish was fresh, the food was flavorful, and the ambiance can't be beat. I'd recommend Morimoto in a heatbeat.
Posted by foodie 22 on 02/06/2006
I recently dined here and was a little surprised by lack of exceptional quality. First off the restaurant has a pretty formal air to it that doesn't match the vibe of the neighborhood at all. While the decor is neat, the atmosphere isn't as good as a place like Matsuri or Sapa. While the stuffy atmosphere would be suited to stellar food, unfortunately it wasn't of the quality I expected. Everything was good but nothing was great and the sushi was pretty ordinary. There are some interesting dishes on the menu that you can't find at other places but I'd go to Nobu or Matsuri before I came back here.