Iron Chef Morimoto was on hand for the pre-opening ceremony at his new restaurant, Morimoto Asia, which is now open at Disney Springs. He was joined by Chef Mickey as he took up a knife and transformed a giant tuna into mouthwatering sushi. Click the slideshow accompanying this article to see him in action. You’ll also see shots from the opening ceremony, where he broke out the sake in a special toast. You’ll even get a peek at some of the menu items from this delicious new eatery.
I had a chance to taste many of the menu items, and even to have some of the sushi role prepared by Chef Morimoto, and I give Morimoto Asia a big thumbs up. I am very fussy about shrimp and particularly hate it in Asian dishes, yet I was totally captivated by the Rock Shrimp Tempura served at Morimoto Asia. The breading is light, as is the sauce, which has an almost buttery flavor. I’ll be ordering it again next time I visit the restaurant. The Tuna Pizza and all of the sushi I tried was delicious, too, and the Duck Casesar Salad had a pleasant sweetness.
For dessert, you might not think of churros as Asian, but you won’t care when you savor the Churro Fondue, made with Nutella and vanilla cream. The Mochi Mochi (coconut mango “soup” with fruit) is almost too beautiful to eat.
Morimoto Asia held its celebration on the same day that Downtown Disney officially changed its name to Disney Springs. Jump here to see the full ceremony. To see what you can dine on in Jack Lindsey’s Hangar Bar, which is just down the way from Morimoto Asia, go here. For a look inside The Boathouse, another wonderful Disney Springs restaurant, go here.