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Posted by HEPNOVA on 06/07/2007
Omakase on 6/1/2007: Toro Tartare: Delightfully fresh and rich tasting. I loved the little rice cracker balls, which added a nice crunchy textural contrast and wish there was more of them. Kampachi Sashimi with Shiitake: The flavor profile tasted a bit Chinese to me, like the Cantonese steamed fish finished with hot oil on the top. The fish was great, but seasoning overpowered the delicate fish. Microgreen salad, salmon, cranberry beans, asparagus, yogurt mousse and matcha dressing: A winner. It’s visually interesting, with wonderful color contrasts and effective positive use of negative space (small modular elements on an enormous plate). It also perfectly captures the essence of the season and of this time of year Kumamoto oysters steamed with foie gras, uni, and teriyaki glaze Oysters, foie gras, and sea urchin together in one dish is like trying way too hard to be luxury and ending up tacky and nouveau riche. The teriyaki glaze pretty much covered up the taste of the ingredients anyway. Although presenting the oysters on rock salt mixed with whole spices (cardamom, cloves, peppercorns) was innovative and added to the olfactory interest, this dish just seems like a waste of potentially fabulous ingredients. Chuu-Toro, Tai, Mirugai, Kohada, Amaebi Sushi: Fresh ingredients well executed. You can’t mess with tradition here. Matcha and Coconut Macaroon: Sounds great conceptually, but failed in execution and ended up gimmicky. The waiters came around with bamboo whisks and performed a mini tea ceremony by whisking the the powdered green tea together with hot water. The green tea was not nearly strong enough to stand up to the sweet lingering taste of the coconut macaroons. The green tea used in a real tea ceremony is supposed to be very thick and bitter to contrast with the sweet. No need to skimp on matcha powder when people are paying over $100 for an omakase dinner! Garam Masala Encrusted Lobster & Lemon Foam: Finally, the Iron Chef hits a h
Posted by Shyred on 05/19/2007
Morimoto doesn't disappoint! First of all, the restaurant was this impressive work of art. It was out of this world from the bathroom downstairs to the glass fountain stairwell. The servers were knowledgable and cultured.. not to mention gracious! Had the kobe carpaccio (superb!), kumamoto oysters foie gras (expensive for just 3 measly pieces), black cod, tempura (love the blue cheese dressing!!), unagi &foie gras... had a long island for 13 bucks felt it was watered down. the hazelnut mousse was ok. nevertheless, worth every penny! it was my second time and i'd definitely go back!
Posted by PryorCommitments on 04/22/2007
The only things better than the fabulous sushi were the welcoming staff and the amazing decor. We loved every bite. The staff was extremely accommodating and--dare we say it as it's so unhip--even cheerful! They seem very happy working there and proud of the food and design, which made it fun for our party.
Posted by rld on 04/05/2007
Just can't compare to any of the other big name Japanese Places in the city. Mediocre sushi at inflated prices with a stupid waitstaff that barely knows what they are serving. Physically, a beautifully desinged space. However, the food just can't compete with the many many better Japanese restaurants in NYC. They should stick to Philly, less competition. The menu is absolutely uninspiring. Jewl Baca , Nobu 57, Megu, and a host of smaller sushi restaurants are far superior.
Posted by RoxyGirl on 03/26/2007
I went here last week with my friend and had an uber fabulous meal! We sat at the sushi bar and literally sampled most of the menu. The Morimoto sashimi appetizer was a work of art- you almost didn’t want to eat it. But we did and it was absolutely delish. The fish was very buttery and fresh and everything melted in your mouth. What else did we sample? The rock shrimp tempura was a bit too fried for me but tasty (maybe I shouldn’t have eaten so much of them). The chilled lobster salad was fabulous as well, I just wish that it was bigger! We also had the black cod and a lot of maki and rolls. I walked out stuffed. This place is definitely worth the hype- food lives up to the price unlike Megu which I though was overpriced for what you get. We had excellent service and were never rushed to leave- we sat at the bar for over two hours. I was there on a Wednesday night and the place was buzzing. I would highly recommend.
Posted by Anon on 01/23/2007
I ate at the bar downstairs and got an appetizer and some rolls. The scallops are an absolute MUST! They are the perfect texture and the sauce is amazing, love that XO! The rolls were very good and I thought reasonably priced for nyc. The service was good, but Iw as sitting at the bar, so i can't give the best account of it. The best part was the wasabi infused vodka martini. Maybe it's because I love alcohol in general, but it was so delicious. Tasted like heaven, with that slight wasabi kick. Yes, it kind of sounds like a bad idea, but trust me, it's so right!
Posted by Sushi23 on 01/18/2007
I went into Morimoto already expecting inflated prices, so that part did not bother me very much. The decor is beautiful! Its simple yet elegant. Like other reviewers remarked, the bathroom is gorgeous. I really like the infinity mirrors, and the toilet is really high tech. The only thing i would change is to make it better lit, especially during the day time. As for the food, I started off with the edamame, which was pretty average. For the a la carte sushi, I ordered a piece of the kanimiso sushi (snow crab eggs? i think). It was delicious... if it wasnt $6/piece I would have gotten another one. For the main entree, I ordered the black cod bento box. It came with about 6 pieces of sushi / sashimi (all fresh and tasty), miso soup, salad, and tempura on top of gorgonzola creme. The only downer was that there was only a tiny piece of cod (maybe 1oz?). It was buttery and soft though, but I wished there was more. The only thing I would add to it is a bowl of rice.