Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Morimoto - Philadelphia

Over the Winter Break, my family came to Philly as their last stop before returning back home to Jakarta to drop me off for college. As soon as we arrived from our 3-hour drive from NYC, we checked in at our hotel and went straight out to dinner. After weeks of restaurant food, I was longing for some simple, clean-to-the-palate, cuisine, and what better choice is there for this than Japanese? We decided to try Morimoto, Masaharu Morimoto (aka Iron Chef)'s eponymous restaurant under the Stephen Starr restaurant brand. I was curious about the hype, held my expectations too high, and was quite unpleasantly disappointed...

We ended up going with the omakase, wasabi fried rice, duck duck duck, tuna pizza, and a few sushi rolls... The timing of the omakase, supposedly the highlight of the menu, lagged on for ages, despite how empty the restaurant was at 10pm on a Thursday night. The food was good, but nothing special, especially with its prices in mind.

The stylish interior of the restaurant, very reminiscent of the ambiance of Stephen Starr's other Japanese restaurant, Pod
Toro tartare with osetra caviar and fresh wasabi


Tuna pizza - Crisp tortilla with spicy tuna carpaccio and anchovy aioli

Mix of sushi -Uni, ikura, soft-shell crab roll
Tuna tataki, shoyu and mixed greens



























Wasabi fried rice





Morimoto
723 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19105
(215) 413-9070

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