Morimoto Asia

Our dinner here began with cocktails at the bar while we waited to be seated.  We ordered a carafe of Sake Sangria to share…

Sake Sangria with Asian pears, apple plum, tangerine juice, sake, light white wine, and plum wine (Glass $12, Carafe $34)

This was wonderful.  Light, fruity, and sweet, but not too sweet.  This was definitely right up my alley!  Oh, and at $34 for a carafe that held at least 5 but maybe even 6 glasses of sangria, this was a bargain compared to us buying 4 separate cocktails…which were $12 – $14 each.

After a bit of a wait, we were finally seated at a table in the main dining room on the first floor and presented this menu…

 

We ended up ordering items from most sections of the menu for all to share.  But before showing you our food, I should first mention how beautiful this restaurant is.  I took a few photos, none of which do it justice.  I will show you this one though…

 

I’ve read that the gorgeous crystal chandeliers here are 20 feet long.

 

Ok, now on to our food.  From the Sushi section of the menu we ordered a…

California Sushi Roll with Blue Crab Meat, Cucumber, and Avocado

I thought this was fine but not being a big fan of sushi, I’m not really a fair judge.  Beth would probably be a better one, and she loved it.  In fact, she said it was her favorite dish of the many we tried at this meal.

 

Next we ordered something from the Starters section of the menu…

Kanikama Rangoon – Krab Meat and Cream Cheese Spring Roll served with Apricot Sweet Chili Sauce

This was the first time that I’d had crab rangoon in spring roll form.   These were very good but I would still have to say that I prefer the crab rangoon (in its typical wonton form) that is served at one of my local Chinese restaurants.   However, from a different point of view, the crab rangoon spring rolls were another of Beth’s favorites.

We then chose three items from the Dim Sum section, starting with these…

Pork Dumplings with pork, napa cabbage, and scallions

And then these…

Pork Egg Rolls with pork and cabbage

Both were good, but I think the egg rolls at Yak & Yeti are just a little better.  And my all-time favorite egg rolls are still the ones served at another local Chinese restaurant (different than the one with the great crab rangoon).  On the other hand though, Hunter said this about these two Dim Sum items, “Simplicity at its finest with the egg rolls and dumplings.”

The last Dim Sum item we ordered was…

Kakuni Pork Bao – steamed buns, braised pork belly, lettuce, and spicy mayo

I don’t think I tasted these but I do believe that those of us who did really enjoyed them.

Now on to the Meat + Poultry section of the menu, from which we ordered these two…

 

And from a different angle…

Morimoto Spare Ribs (Half-rack or 6 ribs) – Pork ribs, cilantro, hoisin sweet chili glaze

I had heard rave reviews of the Morimoto ribs and I’m happy to say that they did not disappoint.  These were huge and very meaty, unlike most of the ribs I’ve had in the past.

We also ordered this entrée from the Meat + Poultry section…

Orange Chicken – Tempura Chicken tossed with a sweet Florida orange sauce, served with Chinese broccoli

Along with the ribs, the orange chicken was a favorite of mine.  Beth also included this in her top 3 favorites of our meal.  Paula thought the orange chicken was really good and Hunter said, “The orange chicken was decadent, not syrupy sweet.”  And speaking of, tonight I tried the orange chicken from one of our local Chinese restaurants and it was “syrupy sweet” (too sweet for me) so I know exactly what Hunter meant and totally agree.

Our next choice was from the Noodles + Rice section…

Chicken Lo Mein – Stir-fried noodles, napa cabbage, carrots, bean sprouts, mushroom, and scallions

Although no one listed this among their favorites, it was a good selection.

And finally, although we were all stuffed, we couldn’t resist ordering this dessert to share…

Churro Fondue – Housemade Churros served with Nutella and vanilla cream for dipping

It seemed very odd having churros for dessert at an Asian restaurant.  I think the novelty of having them here though was probably the main reason why we had to do it.  ;)  But anyway, they were tasty!

So overall I think we all enjoyed our dinner at Morimoto…some more than others.  Paula and Hunter thought it was so good that they returned there for lunch later in their trip (after I had gone home).   Here is what they ordered during their second visit (photos courtesy of Hunter)…

Duck Ramen with egg noodles, duck meat, scallions, and boiled egg

Chashu Pork Ramen with soy flavored broth, egg noodles, roasted pork, and scallions

 

And last they had their signature entrée…

Roasted Peking Duck for two

And here is the plated version…

Carved house-roasted whole duck served with two sauces, apricot sweet chili and hoisin miso

Also served with the sliced duck were steamed flour pancakes…

 

Hunter said these were the only disappointment of their meal.  “They were flour tortillas, not the mushu pancakes I was expecting.”

But he apparently enjoyed the rest of the food so much that he wanted to have his picture taken with the chef…

Executive Chef Yuhi Fujinaga

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