Restaurant Review: Morimoto
Lush or Lacking: 100% Lush
Personal favorite dish: Braised Black Cod
Morimoto is the Bentley of Volkswagen, the Vera Wang of wedding gowns. It is a place that is exquisite in the most simple ways and bedazzles me with every visit. The restaurant can easily put its guests into a trance upon entry as the polished decor may swoop them off their feet. The wall lining the stairwell is like sunlight hitting ocean waves with glimmering light ranging from transparent to dark blue. The table and peripheral walls have a beige tint, like sand on a beach. This restaurant oozes with serenity, purity, and elegance, and I can’t get enough of it.
This restaurant is ideal for both intimate dates and a girls night out for two reasons. For one, the food is so good that it’s suitable for and desired on all occasions, secondly, the restaurant accommodates for all special celebrations whether it be a friend’s birthday or an anniversary.
Besides the food being “body-melting-to-the-floor-because-its-so-damn-good” delectable, this restaurant has other admirable qualities as well. Downstairs in the lounge area, the scene is very mod-like with dim sapphire lighting and chic lounge chairs, ideal for martinis and a schmooze. To the side of the lounge is the bathroom, which I also love since it’s technologically savvy. Additionally, in the dining area, the sushi kitchen is out in the open and it’s sleek, modern, and not overbearing, which allows me to give nods to the chef as I inhale the sushi rolls.
When I went for my girlfriend’s birthday pictured above, we ordered rounds of meals because we honestly could not help but to continue to ingest the magical, edible, heaven-like substances that kept presenting themselves to us. First, in proper celebratory fashion, we ordered sake bottles for the table. As pictured above, the sake comes in cute shot glasses so the intensity of the alcohol isn’t too overwhelming. Next up were the appetizers. We ordered the Toro Tartare with osetra caviar, sour creme, wasabi, and dashi-soy. I can honestly say that this is the best raw fish I have ever had in my life. To give you an idea of the genius of this dish, view this video. Additionally, we ordered the Steamed Scallops with Tokyo scallions and xo jan, a spicy seafood sauce. I think we ended up ordering another plate of the scallops because they were that good.
For the entrees we ordered the Sea Bass with sweet sake kasu, japanese eggplant, and miso and the Braised Black Cod with ginger-soy reduction. The Sea Bass is usually a favorite of mine but I must say, the Morimoto Cod is the best I’ve had in the city. It was sweet, delicate, and seasoned to perfection. Naturally, we had to order another plate of this miracle fish. In proper Japanese cuisine fashion we also ordered a few maki rolls. First up were the shrimp tempura roll and the tuna roll. We then proceeded to order another tuna & avocado roll, and a Soft-Shell Crab Roll with deep-fried soft shell crab, asparagus, tobiko, avocado, scallion and spicy sauce. Lastly, we ordered the Morimoto Omakase which is a multi-course tasting menu designed to allow you to experience the essence of Morimoto’s cuisine. Our sampler consisted of Crispy Rock Shrimp Tempura with spicy ‘kochujan’ sauce, wasabi aioli, another crispy fish that I don’t remember, and celery with ranch dressing.
Last up was the dessert. Since it was my friend’s birthday, we requested that they bring her a succulent surprise. They did not upset and delivered a Warm, Flourless Chocolate cake decorated in caramel almonds, caramel apricot sauce, almond foam, praline and caramel ice cream. As full as I was, I managed to get a dose of this cake and it’s tastiness still haunts me.
You might all be wondering, “How in the world does one not gain weight after such a feast”. In response, I recommend working out vigorously three hours per day the next week, eating only cabbage for a month and getting non-invasive lipo. I kid! Truthfully, splitting this meal among 5 people means there is more than enough food to share and the dishes are moderately sized, as pictured above, so there is enough room to try multiple items on the menu. I’d recommend all the dishes mentioned and I’m sure every other item on the menu is a charm as well. Morimoto gets a huge thumbs up in my book. Thank you Chef Masaharu Morimoto for your brilliance!