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Morimoto Napa: Any new thoughts?

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I'm having dinner there later this week. Not really interested in going for the whole tasting menu experience (I always get too stuffed).

It seemst he reviews of just the sushi/sashimi have not been strong so I am thinking to just get an assortment of appetizers including the tuna pizza, the toro tartare, and the yose tofu.

Has anyone been recently? Recommended entrees?

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Morimoto
610 Main Street, Napa, CA

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  1. My husband and I went in September and did the omakase tasting menu. We enjoyed it very much. A highlight that stands out even three months later was the foie gras chawan mushi. very subtle, very satisfying :) also the kanpachi which had been just barely cooked (hot oil poured over the raw fish, very good!)

    have a great time :)

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    1. re: westernmeadowlark

      I wonder how Morimoto compares with say Wakuriya or Kaygetsu...is it more of an upscale fusion restaurant?

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      Wakuriya
      115 De Anza Blvd, San Mateo, CA

      Morimoto
      610 Main Street, Napa, CA

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      1. Haven't made it to Napa but just returned from HI and his Honolulu restaurant. The highlights of our meal were the yellowtail pastrami, oysters with foie gras, and uni, foie gras chawan mushi, braised black cod, and OMG the chocolate mille feuille! The toro tartare deserves mention for it's whimsical, and playful presentation. We also enjoyed Morimoto's signature sake flight. We were fully satisfied with the portion sizes, and price point. Looking forward to Napa.

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        Morimoto
        610 Main Street, Napa, CA

        1. I finally made my first trip to Morimoto last weekend, and was not disappointed. I went at lunch and although we had reservations, it was not particularly crowded; not empty. but walk-ins were being accommodated with brief waits.

          Stand-out dishes worth the drive to Napa: kakuni (10-hour pork belly over congee) -- incredibly delicious, available as an appetizer or as part of a lunch set; whitefish and octopus carpaccio -- also a hot appetizer.

          Very good: sashimi caesar salad, miso black cod, loco moto (loco moco made with wagyu!), miso-butterscotch pudding, ice cream sandwiches made with sesame and green tea in the sandwich part and various chocolate ice creams.

          As others have reported, the sushi was fine but nothing to make a special trip for.

          I thought the service was exceptionally good. My party included some larger diners and the hostess very thoughtfully chose a table that accommodated us easily. Our server was knowledgeable, relaxed, and friendly, not a hint of attitude.

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          Morimoto
          610 Main Street, Napa, CA

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          1. re: Nina

            I was there a few months ago, and one of the items not mentioned often that I did enjoy was the Morimoto's Aged Sake, which took on a golden hue, and reminded me of aged sherry.

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            Morimoto
            610 Main Street, Napa, CA

            1. re: Nina

              I've now had the kakuni twice and I'm not that impressed; the textures and flavor components of both the meat and the congee are too similar.

              I live nearby and have eaten through most of the menu and the standouts for me have been the tartare presentations and the tuna pizza.

              I have found the foie gras chawanmushi to be lacking enough foie flavor to make it worth while.