Dining Recon: Morimoto Asia [Tons of Pictures!]

Happy Friday, my friends!  This is one of those posts in which the pictures can tell the story much better than I ever could!

Our initial impressions about Iron Chef Morimoto’s new Orlando restaurant?  Quite simply, it’s beautiful, elegant, classy, and fresh!

The servers are friendly and knowledgeable.  The food is outstanding!  The prices weren’t unreasonable.  Take a look!

Oh!  And, please stick around for the food pics, folks!  They’ll be coming up really quick!

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Chef Morimoto found a home across the street from Raglan Road!

Chef Morimoto found a home across the street from Raglan Road!

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Like I said ... beautiful, elegant, classy, and fresh!

Like I said … beautiful, elegant, classy, and fresh!

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The sushi bar is upstairs!

The sushi bar is upstairs!

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What's going on in that kitchen?!

What’s going on in that beautiful state-of-the-art kitchen?!

Duck!

Duck!

We took a seat at the chef's stylish-looking bar!

We took a seat at the chef’s stylish-looking bar!

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Chef Morimoto has his own brand of saki … a collection of these eight.

And, thanks to a partnership with Rogue Ales, his own beers!

And, thanks to a partnership with Rogue Ales, his own beers!

This one is Morimota Soba Ale - delicate flavor of roasted Soba brings a nutty finish to this light and refreshing ale.

This one is Morimoto Soba Ale – delicate flavor of roasted Soba brings a nutty finish to this light and refreshing ale.

Photo Oct 17, 11 16 08 AMThe day that we visited, we had stopped in for a quick and light lunch.  From starters to sushi and from “Lunch Sets” (combos) to Peking duck, Chef’s menu is pretty comprehensive and complete.

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Mrs. All in WDW and I kept it simple.  We ordered two items off of the chef’s Dim Sum menu.  With a few other stops on our list – namely Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar – we didn’t want to get too filled up!

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First, we chose to share the Kakuni Pork Bao.  The braised pork belly on this steamed bun was utterly phenomenal!  Melt-in-your-mouth delicious!

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You get two for $8.  Pretty reasonable, I’d say.  We highly recommend that these be one of your appetizers when you visit the Iron Chef.  The spicy mayo was a great touch, by the way.

Also priced at $8 for two servings, I personally didn’t like Chef’s Grilled Chicken Bao as much as I adored the aforementioned pork.  Having said that, it was still delicious.

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We only experienced a small sampling of Chef Morimoto’s restaurant and cuisine on this visit.  Having said that, we saw enough – and ate enough! – to know that we should schedule a return engagement.

My friends, take our advice … plan to stop in for your own lunch or dinner.  Chef won’t break your wallet.  The food will be outstanding.  And, you won’t be sorry.  Of this, I’m very sure!

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