Since its opening at Disney Springs in Orlando last year, Morimoto Asia has been wowing guests and critics alike. The pan-Asian restaurant, developed and operated by Delaware North’s Patina Restaurant Group and inspired and designed by Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, offers mouthwatering cuisine from Japan, China, Korea and Thailand amid a visually stunning atmosphere.
While still just 10 months old, the restaurant has won numerous dining awards and continues to garner attention from industry media, most recently from Travel + Leisure online and several Orlando-area food publications.
Travel + Leisure, a widely read and respected source for travelers, featured Morimoto Asia in two articles this past month.
- The article “How to Make the Most of Your Nights at Walt Disney World” recommends heading to the restaurant’s Forbidden Lounge for “late-night eats,” including the pork bao buns, the award-winning sliders and ramen.
- In “Tips for Exploring Walt Disney World This Summer,” Travel + Leisure notes that Morimoto’s Street Food counter is a perfect place to stop to cool off with the pick-a-flavor black tea slush.
Morimoto’s non-seafood options received extensive praise from the popular food and lifestyle blog KimandCarrie.com. The Morimoto Spare Ribs appetizer was described as “completely addictive,” while the Peking Duck provides “an unbelievable taste experience.” Also receiving high marks were the Orange Chicken, prepared with a sweet Florida orange sauce, and the dessert selections, which “are worthy of a visit alone.”
Morimoto Asia has been a welcome addition to the burgeoning gourmet dining scene in Central Florida, with the Four Seasons Orlando mentioning it among several “dining destinations” at Disney World headed by celebrated and well-known chefs. Orlando Weekly also heaped on the praise by saying Morimoto Asia should be at the top of visitors’ theme park tasting to-do list.
In March, Morimoto Asia earned awards in four categories from OpenTable’s Diner’s Choice Awards: “Best Ambiance,” “Hot Spot – Orlando,” “Most Booked,” and “Fit for Foodies.”
To continue its momentum, Morimoto Asia will be taking part in the popular “Magical Dining Month,” a monthlong promotion where participating Central Florida restaurants offer a special three-course menu with a set price of $33. The promotion runs from Aug. 29 to Oct. 2 and features a charitable component— for each “Magical Dining” meal purchased, $1 will be donated to The Russell Home for Atypical Children in Orlando.