Had a serious hankering for some good sushi and had to forgo a trip to Yasuda in NYC so ended up at Morimoto instead. This is my 2nd visit after a dissapointing experience the first time round back in '01. Figured that 2 years should be sufficient for them to work out the kinks.
I only had sushi this time round, overall very good fish quality, best in Philly which really doesn't take much when it comes to sushi. Rice was below average, either undercooked or left too long in the open, I'm leaning towards the former, better seasoned this time but the chalky somewhat raw sensation was really annoying. Still not using the good wasabi for sushi, only reserved for the toro tartare. O-toro this time was cheaper @ $10/pc vs the $12 they charged me the last time for chu-toro, but not the best I've had, just average. Uni though was excellent, one of the largest I've ever seen and served nigiri without the seaweed, delicious.
Overall think the sushi bar is just ceremonial, don't think it was ever meant to replicate the experience of a true sushi bar. You are not encouraged to interact directly with the chefs nor order from them. Personally think that this really defeats the omakase experience. Itamae, functioned as a jack of all trades and I was surprise at the amount of cooked / non sushi items he was preparing. Think they're spreading him too thin. Didn't get a feel that he trained exclusively at sushi bars previously, his sushi skills overall was just average if not below average.
Conclusion, best sushi in town, fish quality beats any other place in Philly but still overpriced for the overall sushi quality. Until some other worthy competitor opens up, they're the only decent game in town when it's comes to Japanese food.
btw. Green tea they serve still sucks.