In September I asked a New Yorker for some restaurant recommendations. Morimoto was her top choice, and I buried it away at the back of my mind.
So when my family came over for Christmas, it was the first place I booked.
It’s unassuming from the outside, and can be found next to Chelsea market.
You walk inside and everything is glass and white, with large ‘family style’ tables. All very clean and simple, with an open kitchen at the center.
We sat down and started viewing the menu (my mum needed employing the torch on her phone).
The waitress also talked through some of their most popular dishes, and we took most of her recommendations.
Starting with cocktails, I had the ‘sesame blossom’, which did in fact taste like sesame. It almost tasted savory which was strange, but not unpleasant. My sister had the ‘ginger man’, very gingery but I like that.
We decided to order a mix of appetizers to share, and then a main course each. We thought about getting the taster menu ($140), but decided against it. However, the taster menu looks like great value, and allows you to sample all the highlights of the menu, so I’d definitely go back and have it.
Spoiler alert: everything was delicious so expect a lot of ‘it was excellent’.
The toro (tuna) tartare came first, presented on a tablet with 6 sauces.
You each get a little paddle to scrape it off and dip it in the sauces. Amazing.
Next was the mixed sashimi. All great.
We ordered 2 sushi rolls; the spicy tuna and the soft shell crab. Can’t go wrong.
The crab was my favourite. Crispy deliciousness.
Next was the pork gyoza, in a tomato sauce covered in a paper thin crisp. I thought the tomato sauce would be strange but it was amazing. The gyozas were hot and crispy and soft, and stuffed with pork.
The tempura rock shrimp came after this in quick succession, in two different sauces. I HATE prawns, but my sister forced me to try it after Jed declared it was the best thing he’d ever eaten. To my stubborn dismay, it was really good. Still not a shrimp convert though.
Phew, appetizers over. Did I tell you we eat a lot?!
Selina ordered the yellowtail. It came in a searing hot black stone bowl, and was cooked at the table.
My mum got the ‘surf and turf’. It consisted of wagu beef steak, hamachi ribbons with avocado (also mixed at the table), and herbed potatoes.
My Dad and I both had the halibut in a blackbean miso soup which was so delicate and mouth melting.
Jed went for the ‘duck duck duck’, which is as described. Duck leg, duck breast (in a house made croissant with frois gras butter) and a duck egg. He could not fault it.
We finished our food off and had a little break for dessert. My mum went to the bathroom and came back excited, rating it on her esteemed bathroom scale as a 10/10 (almost unheard of). Selina and I went to check it out.
You slide open the door to reveal a pretty normal bathroom.
However each cubicle has a leaf backing that makes you feel like you’re in a hologram.
And each toilet is of the Japanese kind. Self opening, heated seats and lots of buttons for various things..
Bathroom excitement over, we perused the dessert menu. I was devastated to find out that the fiery chocolate tart was sold out. However I settled for the milk chocolate key lime pie.
A piece of art, sprinkled with freeze dried raspberry meringue that made smoke come out of your mouth.
I had a few dessert stealers come my way..
But I defended and got the most of it at the end.
A wonderful evening. Excellent service and exquisite food.