MOrimotos for LUnch
Lunch today at Morimoto. As many of you know, I am a devotee of Fuji's in Haddonfield. Loath to try Morimoto, feeling it would be a disappointment, compared to Fuji. Glad we went today. While definitely pricey--ie, $5 for a pot of tea! , the $50 sushi platter we shared was pristine, satisfying and ample. Service lovely. No big surprises in the fish choices--they may have thought we were sushi virgins.
Biggest surprise: very quiet at lunch. When you want to be able to talk, that's a huge plus.
At the end, a rough edge. Asked where the rest rooms were; told they were down a flight of stairs. I said I'd wait; it was obvious I had a physical handicap, but they didn't offer a restroom on the first floor, until my friend pointed out it was illegal not to have one. Then they told me about it! Argh.
Anyway, I did enjoy our lunch, but the drama of not having to order at Fuji, and always being well taken care of with a more balanced lunch experience: soup, salad, mini-courses plus sushi is a more etheral experience for us. And, no, one does not have to be a regular.
Morimoto is my favorite restaurant of all time. If your not picky go for dinner and get the Omakase. It is extremely pricey, but every time i have gotten it, its been the meal of my lifetime. I'm going there for the 4th time on Friday and the anticipation is absolutely killing me. Morimoto is by far the best Japanese chef in the area. His recipes are more innovative than say a generic spider roll. Get the omakase, you'll be pleasantly surprised.
I've always thought that, when coming back from Europe, the thing to do would be to go to Morimoto's for lunch, when your stomach thinks it's dinner time but you can still pay lunch prices.
But then the few times I have gone to Europe, I came back feeling poor.