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Report on Morimoto

ClaireL | Jun 24, 2006 08:03 PM

Went to Morimoto's last weekend with a party of 6. Due to the size of our party we were seated in one of the front plain rooms. The food was mixed. 3 of us intended to have omakase, but we were informed that on Fridays and Saturdays the entire table had to have it, so we all had to order a la carte. Appetizers of miso soup and green salad were fine. Recommended appetizer of rock shrimp tempura, supposedly the most popular appetizer, was crispy and light with 2 sauces, and a surprising large portion, but I wouldn't order it again...the flavors were not anything special. The appetizer of oysters and foie gras was delicious but an incredibly small portion of 3 tiny oysters (luckily I had plenty of rock shrimp to share). The toro tuna tartar was delicious, a totally different presentation than at the restaurant in Philly, but still the same wonderful combo of flavors and texture. The cold 3 noodle soup was just "OK", mild in flavor, not really worth ordering again. The main dish of black cod was delicious, served with a tablespoon of mixed asian vegetables, like lotus root. The peking salmon was reportedly also good, although the crispy "peking" skin didn't add anything at all to the dish wrt flavor. Duck duck duck was duck breast in a croissant, "peking" duck (roasted with 5 spice powder, but still a very thick layer of fat under the skin), and a sunny-side up duck egg. The egg was served as a dipping sauce, along with hoisin sauce and a sweet sauce. The croissant was tasty, the portions huge (we both took home half of the dinner), but the duck legs were still fatty. A california roll was good but ordinary. The suf and turf, a half of a roasted lobster (very tender and delicious) was paired with (I believe) Kobe beef, very mushy in texture, flavor not particulary wonderful. Desserts of the chocolate tart and the brownie were wonderful. I would probably try this restaurant again simply because we had so much fun in the Philly restaurant, but dishes must be chosen with care.

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