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Mar 26, 2008 10:32 AM


I have a business dinner at Morimoto tonight and have never been there. Whats the latest on this place? Did Starr really sell his stake like Philadelphia Magazine said? Does Morimoto ever work in the kitchen anymore?

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  1. Starr still owns Morimoto. Morimoto does not work in the kitchen.

    6 Replies
    1. re: saturninus

      You're right, they said the Philadelphia magazine article was wrong and our waiter complained about their ranking in the magazine's top 50 list. He did say that Morimoto is in the kitchen about 2 times per month. We took down the $120 omakase and it was excellent.

      I had a few Kirin Lights. They kept trying to sell us Morimoto brand beer. I prefer lighter beer anyway but $26 for a 24 ounce beer seems a little silly...even if I'm not paying.

      1. re: mddletown

        The Morimoto beers are actually made by Rogue, they're very good but $26 is a steep markup.

        1. re: Buckethead

          The hostess said the same thing to me a few months ago - Morimoto shows up a couple times during the month. She also said that Morimoto prefers working in the Phila location.

          Ask for seating at the sushi bar.

          1. re: FoolForFood

            Just went over the weekend. Morimoto wasn't there when we were there. We spent $175. We split an appetizer of shrimp/veggie tempura. We each got a soup. I got a glass of sake, my wife got a champagne. We each got a glass of the pinot noir. I got a softshell crab roll, and 1 red snapper sushi, she got a california roll, and a softshell crab roll. I'm still trying to figure out how we spent that much. The sushi was ok but I've actually gotten better locally in the burbs at a much reasonable price. I guess I learned my lesson. For less than half the price, I could've gotten a small bottle of sake, a decent bottle of wine, and gotten virtually the same thing at a local byob without the neon lights in the seats.

            1. re: weeare138

              I think the general consensus is that Morimoto offers excellent omakase and atmosphere, whereas his sushi rolls remain subpar and overpriced.

              1. re: FoolForFood

                I've heard from Starr employees recently that Morimoto is almost NEVER there. However....the standards of quality still exist.