The re-imagination of Downtown Disney, and its transformation to Disney Springs, brings new restaurants. One of my favorite activities at the Walt Disney World Resort is trying the amazing food available at many different venues. The newest restaurant, Morimoto Asia, will be opening on September 30.
The restaurant is a project of Chef Masaharu Morimoto and Patina Restaurant Group. Chef Masaharu Morimoto, of Iron Chef fame, says “I am excited to create a menu that allows so many of my favorite Asian flavors to come alive all in one place.” It is the chef’s first pan-Asian dining experience. Some items anticipated to be on the menu include moo shu pork, Peking duck, lobster chow fun, sweet and sour crispy whole fish and kung pao chicken. It’s Disney so there will also be kid-friendly items on the menu such as chicken ramen, kakuni pork bao, and karaage fried chicken. Beverages are anticipated to be noteworthy as well with Asian varieties of beer including the Morimoto signature beer by Rogue Ales. There will also be an extensive wine list, sake offerings, signature cocktails and more.
Morimoto Asia will be located in the Landing section of Disney Springs. From a news release: “Morimoto Asia will be a visually stunning addition to Disney Springs. The restaurant’s main entrance features a three-story glass corner, revealing the dramatic interior design including a multi-level bar and spiraling chandelier made of illuminated glass bottles. The sculptural bar at over 270 feet in length is one of the largest in the world, as it leaps through the soaring 36-foot tall space to connect the grand dining room on the ground floor with the upper level, wrapping around the grand stairway. Custom glass beaded chandeliers evoke the ocean delicacies of Chef Morimoto’s cuisine, and are reflected in antique mirrors, interspersed with glass mosaic artworks based on ancient Japanese prints. Chef Morimoto’s exclusive sushi bar is sculpted from hundreds of pieces of hand-selected ash wood, backed with a wall of hammered copper. Morimoto Asia’s two-story outdoor terrace provides patio seating with sweeping views of Disney Springs.”
Morimoto Asia will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. daily, serving lunch and dinner, and will also offer a weekend brunch with dim sum.
DIStracted Tip: The Walt Disney World website indicates that Morimoto Asia is fine/signature dining and does not accept Disney Dining Plans. However, this may change once the restaurant opens. Stay tuned to our website and watch for updates on Facebook!
Will you be trying this new place?