Sorry readers, I’ve been on an extended hiatus reading, eating, and of course, watching tv. I haven’t read/eaten/watched anything worthwhile to blog about – until now.
I recently celebrated an occasion with FE at Morimoto in Philly. It was my first visit and afterwards, I couldn’t help but wonder why it took me so long to get there? The prices certainly aren’t for the faint of heart, but it’s definitely worth it for a special occasion.
The restaurant itself is super modern, and you sit on a raised area that you have to step up onto to sit down. The walls and booths have lighting that changes colors every few minutes. There are also phallic fake candles in the center of each table that certainly gave us a laugh.
The service was impeccable. Every employee we encountered in the restaurant was polite, and seemed eager to ensure our satisfaction with the restaurant. There is an 8 course “omikase” that is available, where the kitchen sends out 8 courses of its choosing. We felt this would be too much food for us, so we ordered individual items.
We started with the wagyu dumplings and rock shrimp. We both agreed that the dumplings were the highlight of the meal. The noodle was impeccably crafted and delicately thin. The beef was tender and juicy. The shrimp were tiny and crispy, with a slight kick of heat at the end.
We then had the spicy tuna and shrimp tempura rolls. I’m not a huge raw sushi fan so these items were perfect for me. The shrimp tempura was my favorite of the two. This sushi was definitely a step up from the local sushi places and all you can eat sushi places around.
We shared the ora king salmon and wasabi fried rice. The salmon was cooked perfectly and had a delicious sauce on top (pickled daikon if I remember correctly?). The rice was spicy and cooked perfectly as well.
We didn’t have room for dessert though I did want to try the matcha dark chocolate torte. I’ll have to save that for the next visit.
I’ll definitely return to Morimoto. The restaurant is located at 723 Chestnut Street in Old City. Valet parking is a steal at $15. Reservations highly recommended.