We're thinking about going to Morimoto for an upcoming anniversary dinner and are looking for info on their omakase. Has anyone had it? Any opinions as to whether having the omakase or ordering a la carte is better?
It is the only way to eat at Morimoto. I have had it twice a year for about the last seven years... best dishes are not the sushi. If you are going expecting a lot of sushi then I would suggest going to Fuji in Marlton in NJ instead. But for fusion japanese cuisine the food is good, not great at Morimoto. If you want to experience Morimoto at a higher level, go to the Manhattan version of Morimoto.
The waitstaff come to your table and the first thing they go over is omakase or no, and you choose then. but it won't hurt to say it if you call to make your reservation. (I don't know if they ask that on opentable, i'd guess not).
Default setting is identical dishes for each course, but you can make special requests. My gf doesn't eat beef; the omakase that night (perhaps most/all nights?) has one beef dish, she wound up with something else for that course.
Every other course was fish/seafood, btw (except for dessert).
oh, and we went for the more expensive one and didn't regret it.
I also suspect that you'd both need to get the omakase. we went there once as a party of 12, and mixed in the omakase/non-omakase. they were fine with that. (since the bill far exceeded my monthly mortgage payments!) but w just 2 people i don't know. and lots of places have this policy about their tasting menus.
re: Bob Loblaw
My wife and I went for our anniversary one year and I did the omakase and she didn't and they paced it pretty well. There might have been a moment or two where I had a dish in front of me and she didn't, but I gave her a few tastes of what I had, so it wasn't a big deal.
On Open Table, there is a box for messages when you make reservations, so you could mention it there if you go that route and confirm when they call to confirm.
Just wanted to report back that we had an absolutely fantastic meal at Morimoto last night. We both got the omakase. We mentioned to our server that we were interested in trying as many different items as possible between the 2 of us, and they were very accommodating--we received different dishes for most of the courses.
First course: 2 different presentations of toro tartare: (1) served in a yuzu (?) soy sauce with osetra caviar and gold leaf garnish, and (2) served with a soft-boiled egg and asparagus in an asparagus puree.
Second course: (1) red snapper soup and (2) kumamoto oysters served 3 ways (one was with Japanese salsa; can't remember the other two).
Third course: (1) scallop carpaccio served in hot oil and (2) mochi waffles with salmon sashimi and fermented rice ice cream.
Fourth course: sashimi sampler, which included toro, needle fish, yellowtail, red snapper, and a few others whose names we didn't catch.
Fifth course: (1) lobster epice and (2) chilean sea bass, both from their menu.
Sixth course: wagyu beef topped with a pea (?)/miso paste, served on the rare side of medium rare and accompanied by organic microgreens.
Seventh course: sushi sampler.
Dessert: blueberry mousseline with blueberry compote.
We completely agree with cwdonald that the best items were the cooked ones and not the sushi/sashimi, although the sushi/sashimi were good too. The tastiest items were the 2 toro tartare presentations and the scallops in hot oil. The biggest surprise, for me, was the kumamoto oysters--I have never liked oysters before, but loved these and would gladly have them again.
We're very happy we went with the recommendation to have the omakase, although we probably will order a la carte or only have one person order the omakase the next time we're there--it's just too much food!
Overall, an excellent dining experience and gives Vetri a run for its money for the best tasting menu we've had in Philly.