Once we arrived in Orlando and checked into our hotel, we set off towards Disney Springs for a bite to eat. Now, not knowing when we would arrive exactly and how long everything would take, I totally fell into the trap of being a traveller and did not take my own advice as a travel agent about making dining reservations in Walt Disney World (Eek! I know!) I thought we could just show up and see where we could eat (Even travel agents can make rookie traveller mistakes!). Well, of course every table service restaurant we thought we might want to try out had a 2 hour wait before we would get a seat. After walking around Disney Springs for 45 minutes, hungry and tired and no idea where to eat, we decided to try Morimoto Asia Street Food (Morimoto Asia had a 2 hour wait time for inside dining). We couldn't get into Morimoto Asia inside, so we opted to eat in the Street Food side, which is located right outside the restaurant. Quick service street food options are available and seating is plenty for the outdoor Asian street food experience.
Oh the possibilities once you enter those doors!
First you are greeted by a stunning view of crystal chandeliers hanging from above glimmering in an elegant welcome with a distinctly Japanese feel. It definitely feels posh and refined without feeling stuffy or over the top.
We ordered the peking duck (a Chinese favourite!), the chasu pork ramen (Japanese noodles) and the Morimoto buri-bop (a version of the Korean bibimbap rice dish but made with yellowtail.) The buri-bop was served in a very hot, sizzling stone bowl with fresh yellowtail sashimi slices along the edges of the bowl. The heat of the bowl sears the yellowtail and your server elegantly finishes the dish in your presence so you can see the freshness of the fish!
We thoroughly enjoyed the food, the atmosphere and the service! It is definitely a restaurant I recommend to anyone looking for an Asian food experience that is truly unique. It's Asian food, but with a distinct and unique twist to it. It's hard to describe so you need to try it out for yourself to truly understand!
Morimoto Asia is located in The Landing at Disney Springs. Advance reservations are strongly recommended. If you are on the dining plan, it counts as 1 table service credit for lunch and 2 table service credits for dinner. No time to squeeze in a sit down meal?? Then I would at least head to the Street Food side for a taste! There are lots of great Street Food options to try!
Have you been to Morimoto Asia? What did you try? I would love to hear your thoughts!