by Soozie H. on
I only go here on occasion for the monthly Mango party when my visits home coincide with this event. It's packed and always fun! The place itself is a local neighborhood bar kind of place that has a pool table. The patio space in the back is what makes it awesome, especially when the weather is nice and warm out!
by Titus Breisch on
When asked by out-of-towners where to go when they visit Philadelphia, I don't tell them to gawk at a giant broken bell or do the Rocky run up the art museum steps. I send them straight to Morimoto. Masaharu Morimoto became an icon on Iron Chef and also pasted that annoying Bobby Flay and when he opened a restaurant in my hometown I couldn't wait to go. I called every week leading up to its (many time delayed) opening to get a reservation. It was worth it. The inside is modern and the bathrooms are ultra cool. The image of the lady's head kinda freaked me out, and the lighting of the tables and seats was a little off for a Japanese restaurant. But it wouldn't be 'fresh' and it wouldn't be Steven Starr without a little unnecessary pizzazz. The otoro (fatty tuna) was absolutely mouth-wateringly amazing. For $13 bucks for two pieces it better be. Nothing compared to the $40,000 a fish he pays at auction for the best quality tuna, which is then line dragged from Tokyo to America, chopped up, and stored in -80 degree freezers to ensure the freshest fish possible. It works cause the fish literally melts in your mouth. I don't think I chewed it at all. I also recommend the rock shrimp tempura and the selection of sake is very good. I was a little disappointed the dishes weren't more adventurous because on the show he comes up with some wacky stuff. I recall him drawing the scorn of the 'old-school' Iron Chef Japanese for abandoning the traditional and revered methods of cooking. To top it off, Morimoto-san himself came to our table and chatted it up with my family. I think we were the only Japanese people in the place. He's definitely a ham. He signed our menu and took some pics with us. Unfortunately I don't think he is around too much since he's opening new restaurants in NY and LA. But go anyway because Morimoto is just one of those places you've gotta go to just to say you've been.