Morimoto Asia is bringing Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s first pan-Asian restaurant to the world and it arrives at Disney Springs’ The Landing on September 30, 2015 as Disney’s retail wonderland continues its march towards a completed transformation next year. A collaboration between Japanese Master Chef Morimoto and the Patina Restaurant Group, this new dining experience will highlight flavors of Asian cuisine amongst decadent dining spaces.
The Icon, The Master Chef Morimoto
I am excited to create a menu that allows so many of my favorite Asian flavors to come alive all in one place. I hope the guests at Morimoto Asia have as much fun eating this food as I have creating it.
– Chef Masaharu Morimoto
Pan-Asian Menu Creates Anticipation
The menu for Morimoto Asia includes the chef’s take on dishes such as moo shu pork, Peking duck, lobster chow fun, sweet and sour crispy whole fish, and kung pao chicken. Dim sum is also on the menu during a special weekend brunch service that shall include a variety of dumplings, shumai, bao, spare ribs and more. You can expect Asian culinary flare in the kids menu as well with dishes including chicken ramen, kakuni pork bao, and karaage fried chicken. There’s a lot to look forward to but that’s not all because the food at Morimoto Asia doesn’t end at the dinner table.
An Intimate Sushi Bar & Lounge
A separate entrance invites you to play and dine amongst the second story sushi bar and lounge at Morimoto Asia. There are just fourteen seats (more at the lounge) at this exclusive counter made from hundreds of pieces of ash wood, backed with a wall of hammered copper that will boast sushi and sashimi options from across the globe. Some of the featured items include toro, kanpachi, Japanese red snapper, uni, sea eel, hamachi, fluke, and salmon. You can expect various specialty sushi rolls and selections from the raw bar along with your traditional sushi service. As you might expect guests in the main dining areas will be able to enjoy a selection of specialty rolls and sushi platters as well.
Asian Beers and Sake
Morimoto’s signature beer by Rogue Ales is just one of the numerous options you’ll enjoy from Morimoto Asia’s beverage menu. Beers, available in bottle and on draft, also include the collector’s edition Imperial Pilsner, Morimoto Soba Ale and the highly regarded Black Obi Soba. If you are looking for Sake, Morimoto’s signature line will be a grand place to start amongst the assortment. But great food and wine does not alone complete the modern-day culinary outing. So to decor and ambiance we turn to next.
Modern Design Blended into Disney Springs Theming
The main entrance to the restaurant is housed within a three-story glass corner that showcases a spiraling chandelier with illuminated glass bottles. This chandelier ties into the overarching thematic storyline of Disney Springs with the top of the Morimoto Asia building already displaying Springs Bottling Co. as the proprietor of the oversized warehouse.
Even before stepping inside, illuminated Asian calligraphy adorns the steel siding of the warehouse. A close inspection may even reveal a Hidden Mickey or two. Still the real wonders will be on the inside. The interior features a multi-level bar that is over 270 feet in length, making it one of the largest on the planet. Glass beaded chandeliers are meant to evoke the ocean delicacies of Chef Morimoto’s acclaimed cuisine and join the antique mirrors and glass mosaic artworks based on ancient Japanese prints. Of course if you step outside onto the two-story outdoor terrace, the patio seating will grant guests incredible views of Disney Springs and its Town Center.
When Morimoto Asia opens later this month, it is scheduled to be open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 a.m joining an incredible list of featured restaurants that currently includes The Boathouse and guest favorite Raglan Road. For now the anticipation grows as final preparations are made as Walt Disney World welcomes Chef Morimoto to the Disney family.