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Apr 14, 2010 06:53 PM

Morimoto for lunch next week

I have a whole army of doctors telling me not to eat too much, and I have little expertise in Japanese food. Any suggestions appreciated.

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    1. re: barryg

      Very succinct advice. Thanks.

      Messy eaters like me always have a logistical problem with ramen, pho, and other noodle soups. My wife tells me that more of it ends up on my shirt than in my mouth. Luckily, I'm not going with my wife, I am going with a friend with whom I have a routine. Every year we have one blowout lunch at a top-name restaurant. We've been doing this since 1994. He lives in Wisconsin now, but we still manage one a year, in either Phila or NY.

      1. re: FrancisdeR

        I can totally relate to that. If you are with friends, and can afford a little spillage, you will enjoy it I think. Non-succinct advice:

        Thinking about this some more, Sushi is low calorie and the sushi there is great, so maybe you should just do that if this is a once a year kind of thing.

    2. If you want to satiate your doctors, do not order the shrimp tempura. It's the same price as any other appetizer but at least three times the size., a long plate piled with enough little clouds of shrimp to feed three or four people.

      On the other hand, it is pretttttttttty tasty.

      1. If you going to Morimoto for a special blowout lunch you must get Omakase. You can choose any price point and make any special requests, including quality over quantity or no fried or fatty meats etc. The beauty of Omakase here and in most Japanese restaurants is that it is always changing and can be customized. I have been a handful of times and have never had the same dish. I spoke to a guy who had been over 100 times and never had the same dish.

        Request a seat at the sushi bar, tell them the experience you desire and price point along with any dietary restrictions and enjoy the ride.

        1. soba noodle carbonara
          rock shrimp tempura
          and lots of sushi!

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          1. re: lawgirl3278

            Thanks, all. I'll report back after lunch next week.

          2. Well, folks, it was the Omakase and it was spectacular. I chickened out of the noodle soups (even the lunchtime Omakase was a ton of food, for lunch). I saw some tempura walk by (carried by a waitress) and it looked and smelled superb.

            I could see going back for just soup and tempura some other day. Not as big an occasion, just filling out parts we didn't try today.

            Had some fatty tuna, medium fatty tuna, yellowfin, octopus, mackerel, miso black cod (my favorite, actually), and toro tartare (second favorite).

            Certainly the best sushi I (and my friend) have ever had.

            Thanks to everyone for their advice.