Morimoto Asia in Disney Springs is an upscale table service restaurant that serves Pan-Asian cuisine created by Iron Chef winner Masaharu Morimoto. This Walt Disney World Morimoto Asia review details my experience at the Disney Springs restaurant including my take on the upscale atmosphere and delicious variety of food options.
Chef Morimoto has a collection of upscale restaurants in trendy cities like NYC, Napa, Tokyo, Hawaii, and Las Vegas. The Morimoto Asia restaurant in Disney Springs feels more like a restaurant you would see in one of the previously mentioned cities than a restaurant that is only a few feet away from The Boathouse in Disney Springs.
While a bit fancier than other Disney Springs restaurants, the restaurant is a great addition to the lineup. After a day executing our Epcot touring strategy, the restaurant was an experience completely removed from the bustle of the theme park.
Morimoto Asia Walt Disney World Review
The Morimoto Asia atmosphere feels elegant without coming across as snobbish. The restaurant sits right in the center of Disney Springs and has both indoor dining and an outdoor terrace that looks down to the Disney Springs thoroughfare. You’ll still feel comfortable wearing your theme park clothes to dinner, but some groups were dressed up.
When we were visiting in February we opted to sit outside to reduce the COVID risk. The experience sitting on the patio was fantastic (see a list of all outdoor dining in Walt Disney World). In some restaurants I have had a negative feeling of being forgotten out on the patio, but at Morimoto Asia the outdoor patio was well lit, warm from the evening air and heat lamps, and quite pleasant with the music from the restaurant. We never felt forgotten by the serving team (I’ll share more about them in a moment).
The indoor section of the restaurant was lively and kinetic. The entire dining room is centered around a large atrium style room with a variety of seating options throughout. There were the general tables in the middle as well as booths, stools at the bar, and seats at the sushi prep bar.
The modern design of the indoors was pleasant to take in even during our walk to the table.
And, now we can get into the best part! The best sushi in Walt Disney World and great Pan-Asian food…
Morimoto Asia Review – Best Sushi in Walt Disney World
Our server, JJ, was very helpful with recommendations on the menu. He suggested trying their house specialities and recommended their sashimi, Buri-Bop, Spare Ribs, and Peking Duck. We opted not to order the duck this visit so that we had room to sample a variety of dishes.
We started with a platter of the best sashimi I, or my sister, ever had. Our server recommended the tuna because it is specially flown in from a fish market in Japan. I have grown up with San Francisco sushi and I have visited Japan, yet this platter topped all of my previous experiences. The fish melts in your mouth.
The immaculate presentation came with seven types of fish arranged in a ocean garden thematic. On the platter we had salmon, different cuts of tuna, yellow tail, and more. The platter was a stark contrast with the sushi “bagel” that we had earlier in the day at the Epcot Festival of the Arts. Needless to say, Morimoto Asia has the best sushi in Walt Disney World I have tried.
Up next, we tried the Spare Ribs. Marinated in Hoisin with sweet chili glaze, the ribs had just enough tang to be interesting. They were deep fried with a nice crunch and the meat fell off the bone. We ordered the half rack, but easily could have finished the whole rack between the two of us.
For the main entree we had the Buri-Bop bowl, the dish that won Chef Morimoto Iron Chef Japan. A chef prepared the dish directly at our table. In a 350 degree stone pot, he first pushed slices of yellow tail sashimi against the sides to sear them while frying egg yolk, spinach, mushroom, carrots, and rice in the center of the bowl. When he finished, he warned us not to lick the bowl!
You can see a full preparation of the famous Chef Morimoto dish at the table here (you’ll also get a sense of the full atmosphere of the Morimoto Asia outdoor dining patio):
For dessert we had the Banana “Lumpia” Split. This was a take on the classic American banana split but instead of a banana cut in half, the banana was mashed inside spring roll wrappers and then flash fried. The hot golden crunchy rolls paired beautifully with the creamy soft chocolate chip gelato on top, for the perfect bite. The dish was finished off with chocolate sauce and deep fried banana flourishes (the little strands that come of bananas deep fried).
Overall, I was most impressed by the sashimi, spare ribs, and Banana Lumpia Split (I am still dreaming about this one). Morimoto Asia provides an upscale escape from the theme parks with incredible asian food that I never imagined I would be having in Florida. I will definitely return to the restaurant to sample some of the other dishes on the menu. Highly recommend!
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