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Morimoto Asia Opens Sept. 30 at Disney Springs

Pam Brandon

by , Food Writer, Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort

If you’re keeping an eye on construction at Disney Springs, you may have noticed the 36-foot-tall building going up along the waterfront – it’s Morimoto Asia, set to open Sept. 30, a creative collaboration between world-famous Chef Masaharu Morimoto and Patina Restaurant Group.

New Morimoto Asia Restaurant to Open in Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort

It’s the first “pan-Asian” dining experience for Chef Morimoto, and includes his eclectic take on his favorite Asian flavors including moo shu pork, Peking duck, lobster chow fun, sweet and sour crispy whole fish, and spicy kung pao chicken. Weekends, dim sum will be served during brunch, with dumplings, shumai, bao, spare ribs and more. (Don’t worry there’s plenty for kids, such as chicken ramen, kakuni pork bao, and karaage fried chicken.)

The sushi bar, sculpted from hundreds of pieces of hand-selected ash wood that’s backed with a wall of hammered copper, has just 14 coveted seats, with global inspiration from toro, kanpachi, Japanese red snapper, uni, sea eel, hamachi, fluke, salmon and more – whatever is freshest. If you’re in the lounge or dining rooms, a selection of specialty rolls and sushi platters will be available.

The restaurant will serve sake, including the Morimoto signature line, wines from around the globe, signature cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks. Beers, bottled and draft, will be mostly Asian, including the Morimoto signature beer by Rogue Ales. (Beer fans, the collector’s edition Imperial Pilsner and Morimoto Soba Ale and the highly coveted Black Obi Soba will be available.)

The expansive restaurant includes beautiful lounges, dining spaces, open kitchen and a two-story outdoor terrace overlooking the water. The main entrance features a three-story glass corner, and the sculptural bar is one of the largest in the world, more than 270 feet long, connecting the grand dining room on the ground floor with the upper level Forbidden Lounge as it wraps around the staircase. Look for custom glass beaded chandeliers and glass mosaics based on ancient Japanese prints.

Morimoto Asia will begin to accept reservations on September 16 through Open Table. Reservations through 407-939-MOTO(6686) begin November 1. Hours are daily from 11:00 a.m. to 2 a.m. serving lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.

By the time it’s complete in 2016, Disney Springs will double the number of shops and restaurants currently found at Downtown Disney and grow to more than 1 million square feet, including 350,000 square feet of new leasable space. Disney Springs will include four distinct, outdoor neighborhoods with a high-quality, diverse mix of retailers – including premium, affordable luxury and fast fashion options. Sophisticated restaurants will provide experiences for families and convention-guests alike.

Comments

  • When in November is Morimoto’s supposed to be a part of the dining plan? I checked and it;s still showing the dining plan are not accepted.

  • Is takeout available?

  • So excited that Open Table worked and we reserved a table for our trip in December!! Thank you very much for the info you gave us Pam, otherwise I’d would of spent a lot more time trying to figure out the when and how to reserve a table for our Disney visit!!

  • Would love to reserve on Open Table but it doesn’t exist there. Please help.

  • Not on Open Table yet!

  • I just searched for Morimotp Asia but got no results. Any other idea? We will be there 9/24-10/8.

  • Will it require 1 or 2 credits on the dining plan?

  • Sounds great! Will they take Tables in Wonderland?

  • Will it be 1 credit or 2 on the dining plan?

  • Will you be able to order take out sushi?

  • Any word on a soft opening with walk-ups being accepted to dine?

    • Morimoto Asia will begin to accept walk ups starting at 11:00 a.m. on September 30.

  • I would assume a menu similar to his other restaurants…….it may differ a bit but basically similar.

    • The menu will showcase flavors from across Asia with an emphasis on China, Korea, Thailand and Japan.

  • Do we have a menu available?

  • I am so happy this is opening and I cannot wait to make a booking. We are lucky that we are out at the beginning of November 🙂 I am not even bothered what the menu is as I know it is going to be fabulous

  • Does the sushi bar have wheelchair accessible seating?

    • Yes, the sushi bar will have wheelchair accessible seating.

  • OMGosh I’ve been waiting for this announcement for so long. Thank you thank you for the info. Dying to go here. Do you know if the sushi bar will be available through reservations or just walk in? I’ve got to get a brunch reservation. Squeeeee, so excited for this one.

  • Will the sushi bar accept reservations?

    • Yes, reservations for the sushi bar can be made beginning September 30, by calling 407-838-6686(MOTO).

  • Very interested to see a menu. I presume it will be . . . . . what’s the polite expression . . . . high end.

  • This is exciting!

    Has there been an opening date released for the Jungle Cruise Themed restaurant?

  • How exciting! We’ve been waiting for this! Nice addition to the Disney Springs line up.

  • Disney Dining Plan????

    • Yes, beginning in November, the Disney Dining Plan will be accepted.

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