REVIEW: Morimoto Asia Has Something for Everyone at Disney Springs!

imageI finally had the chance to try Morimoto Asia for the first time after hearing rave reviews from Guests, friends, and family and I have to say it is absolutely fabulous. I haven’t had high-end Asian food many times in my life. Normally I’m stuck with the Chinese takeout. But I can promise you, I will be returning to Morimoto Asia because there is even more on the menu I want to try. I might even try their, dare I say it, sushi. *Audible gasp* So let’s get to it.

We didn’t have a reservation the day we went, so we took a chance and checked in at the Host podium. It was only a 15-20 minute wait and we decided to wait because they have a great lounge space for you to relax in while you wait for your table.

imageAs usual, we wanted to have a nice pre-dinner drink, so we chose to sit at the bar and see what they offered on the menu aside from the basics. I’m always looking for a unique drink or craft beer. The drink menu had quite a selection from its wine to specialty cocktails, and crafts beers – draft and bottled. So I asked our bar tender for his recommendations. He suggested two: Morimoto’s Soba Ale and the Angry Boy Brown Ale, which he said was his favorite brown ale. For our pre-dinner drink, I tried Morimoto’s Soba Ale. It was on draft and a flavorful pale ale. I found it to be quite refreshing. And my wife ordered the Sake White Sangria, which was very unique. If you like both, you’ll love this drink. I’m not a fan of Sake, but tried it anyway. It was sweet, but had some bite to it, only slightly. imageShe enjoyed it and that’s what matters.

During dinner, I ordered the Angry Boy Brown Ale. This was more full-bodied and bursting with that nut ale flavor. Both were delicious. The menu has quite a few craft beers to try, so I know it’ll take me many visits to sample them all.  Good news for me!  As for the dining room, there are two levels.  We were sat on the ground floor, so I didn’t really get to see the upper area, but the restaurant is gorgeous inside.  It feels like luxury and has such class to it.  We were dining while it was still light out, but I’ve seen photos of it lit up at night and it is very elegant.  imageOnto the food.  For the appetizers, we ordered two of our usual favorites, Krab Rangoons and Pork Dumplings.  The Kanikama Rangoon comes with only 3 pieces filled with krab and cream cheese served with a side of apricot sweet chili sauce for $10. I was a bit worried about that since there were four of us, but they were quite long! We were able to cut them into twos and threes and share just fine. The crab meat inside was shredded and incredibly fresh.  And the apricot sweet chili sauce added a great flavor without too much spice.  I would definitely order these again. imageThe Pork Dumplings are filled with pork, Napa cabbage, and garlic chive, and cost $11.  They were steamed and very fresh.  As usual, they were served with soy sauce for dipping.  These were very flavorful and wife approved!

imageGenerally, I order General Tso’s Chicken for Chinese food or chicken and shrimp when I go to hibachi, so I had some decisions to make.  I ordered the Chicken Lo Mein, which comes with stir-fried egg noodles, Napa cabbage, carrot, bean sprout, mushroom, and scallion for only $20. Everything was cooked to perfection.  The lo mein was in a sauce that can be best described as a sweet BBQ/Teriyaki sauce. It was very interesting.  I’m definitely a sauce guy, but would venture to say there may have been a bit too much on my dish.  But overall, excellent entree.imageThe Morimoto Shrimp Fried Rice is served with shrimp, egg, scallion, and sesame for only $19.  This dish is pretty much exactly how you’d expect it.  There was enough shrimp to be satisfied, but it wasn’t bursting with it.  It also definitely has some kick to it.  I am not a spice person by any means.  So one bite was enough for me get some water.  It’s an aftertaste spice, so you don’t taste it until it builds up.  Be warned.

imageThe Duck Ramen is served in a bowl with egg noodles, duck meat, scallion, and boiled egg for only $16!  A great price. If you’ve never had REAL ramen, this is the place to try it.  The duck ramen has so much flavor and the duck is cooked to perfection.  I’m not a ‘soup’ person because broth tends to not agree with my stomach, but I would definitely try some more ramen on the menu.

imageAnd last, but not least, is the Duck Caesar Salad.  This salad is served with roasted duck, romaine lettuce, tomato, red onion, orange segments, walnuts, and Morimoto Caesar dressing for $17.  The duck is not hot, but very tender and juicy. As for everything else, it’s a standard Caesar salad, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing. It is a good size and very filling.

As you can see, everything is pretty fairly priced for a restaurant that could be considered very upscale and high end.  This doesn’t mean there aren’t expensive items on the menu, but you can certainly find things to fit the size of your wallet.  The restaurant is gorgeous and has a wonderful atmosphere.  Everything was served in a timely manner, hot and fresh. Each dish we received was full of flavor and incredibly delicious!  Morimoto Asia has a lot to offer for everyone and is certainly not a place to miss at Disney Springs.  We sampled plenty on the menu, but there’s still much more for us to try.  If you’re looking for high end Asian food, be sure to check it out on your next visit.  I certainly will!

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About Chris DiPaula

Creator of DiPaula on Disney: entertainment website dedicated to Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, other Florida parks and activities, and other adventures. Co-creator and producer of Parks, Brews, and Geek News: an entertainment website dedicated to the Florida theme parks including Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando, movie & geek news, and food and brews. Chris DiPaula has been an avid theme park and amusement park goer since childhood and a die hard Disney fan for as long as he can remember. He is currently an active concierge Cast Member at Walt Disney World Resort and has worked for The Walt Disney Company since 2011. Previously, he worked for Busch Gardens Tampa and SeaWorld Orlando in the entertainment technician field as well.

Posted on July 2, 2016, in Dining, Walt Disney World and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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