Are you ready to experience a unique take on the modern Pan-Asian style of dining? If so, you’re in for a real treat at Morimoto Asia in Disney Springs.
Before I made my way over to this one-of-a-kind Disney restaurant, I heard many rave reviews from other Disney Influencers that I truly admire.
But somehow, I still wasn’t convinced that this was one of the best Asian restaurants in Orlando, until I took my first bite which we’ll discuss later in this article.
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Who is Morimoto?
Masaharu Morimoto is an award-winning international Japanese master chef mostly known for his talented gift for this type of cuisine on the Iron Chef television show.
He has not only become one of the world’s leaders in the art of fine dining and creation, he’s also started multiple restaurants across the world to share his delight in the art of food.
Where is Morimoto Asia in Disney Springs?
Because of his talent and the demand to experience his food first hand, Morimoto has opened many exquisite dining locations all over the world.
Morimoto Restaurant Locations Across the World
- Morimoto Kyoto
- Momosan Ramen Waikiki
- Morimoto Asia Waikiki
- Wasabi Mumbai
- Morimoto Dubai
- The Morimoto Sushi Bar Boca Raton
- Atelier Morimoto XEX Tokyo
- Morimoto Mexico City
- The Morimoto Restaurant in Las Vegas
- Morimoto Asia Disney Springs
- Momosan New York
- Morimoto New York
- The Morimoto Restaurant in Philadelphia
- Morimoto Maui
- The Morimoto Restaurant in Napa
- Morimoto Doha
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What to Expect at Morimoto Asia Disney Springs
Now that we know who this incredible master chef is, let’s go through a few things you should know about Morimoto Asia in Disney before you go.
As you approach the stand out building going towards the westside of Disney Springs, you’ll enter into a posh set up of glittering 20-foot-long chandeliers, an intimate sushi bar, Shanghai-inspired posh lounges, private dining spaces for your party, and so much more!
The restaurant is definitely massive with 2-stories overlooking the splendid dining space. So, if you’re coming in as a small group with no kids or on a solo trip, then I recommend sitting at the sushi bar or in one of the lounges.
Although the feel is sophisticated chic inside of Morimoto, the noise level does takeaway from the intimacy you should be having with your party.
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What type of food does Morimoto Asia serve in Disney Springs?
Morimoto in Orlando takes you on a culinary tour across the continent of Asia. So, you’ll get to try food from places ranging from Japan to Vietnam.
You’ll be able to find something from many of the Asian countries on the menu such as the traditional Peking duck, dim sum, poke salad, Faro Island salmon, succulent Bao Buns, Asian-influenced cocktails, sake, and even an Oreo Tempura dessert.
Do You Need a Reservation for Morimoto Asia in Disney Springs?
If you want to guarantee your spot at Morimoto Asia, then I definitely recommend booking your reservations in advance.
Because most times I go last minute, I hardly ever sit at a table due to the long wait time. On most occasions I sit at the sushi bar and now I love that type of experience while dining at this restaurant inside of Disney World.
You can book your reservation for Morimoto Asia in Disney Springs with the My Disney Experience app up to 180 days prior to your visit. You may also call (407) 939-6686.
What is the address for Morimoto Asia Disney Springs?
This address for Morimoto Asia is 1600 East Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, Florida, 32830.
What are the hours for Morimoto Asia at Disney?
Morimoto Asia in Disney Springs is open daily with the following hours:
- Lunch from 12 p.m. until 3 p.m.
- Dinner from 4:30 p.m until 10 p.m.
Hipster Power Tip: If you want to enjoy the best sushi, I recommend waiting until after 5 p.m. once the sushi bar opens. On my experience, eating the sushi during lunchtime doesn’t taste quite the same from the kitchen as it does when it comes from the incredible chefs at the sushi bar.
Is there a dress code for Morimoto Asia at Disney World?
Currently Morimoto does not list a specific dress code on their website, so what you wear to the Disney parks should be okay for the restaurant.
I do recommend wearing something that you feel is nice and comfortable and something that you would wear to a regular restaurant.
Morimoto is considered signature dining at Disney, so just keep that in mind when determining your outfit.
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Is Morimoto Asia on the Disney Dining Plan?
Morimoto Asia in Disney Springs does allow you to use your credits. It currently requires two Disney Deluxe Dining Plan credits for each guest (please note that the Disney Dining Plan is currently suspended).
Using your two dining credits will entitle you to one appetizer, an entrée, one dessert and a beverage. If you’re over 21, your drink can be an alcoholic beverage.
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What is considered an appetizer and an entrée at Morimoto?
An appetizer is any one of the following items:
- Small Plates
- Dim Sum
- Sushi Rolls
An entrée is any of the following items:
- Sushi Rolls (2)
- Dim Sum (2)
- Small Plates (2)
- Entrée Salad (1)
- One choice from these sections of the menu: Meat + Poultry, Noodles + Rice, Half-Rack Morimoto Spare Ribs, Fish or Vegetables
Hipster Power Tip: If you want to get the Peking Duck, then you will have to use four dining plan credits as it will be served whole to feed two people. You can also use your Disney Dining Plan for the standard 3-ounce Japanese A5 Wagyu Beef. Because the Dining Plan is SUSPENDED, this offering may change!
Morimoto Asia Disney Springs Menu (Dinner)
Now that we have the basics covered on Morimoto Asia, let’s go over what to expect on the menu before your trip.
Please note that due to the pandemic, the menu has less items than usual and can change at ANYTIME.
- Spicy Tuna: tuna, spicy mayo, scallions with choice of white or brown rice
- Spicy Yellowtail: Japanese yellowtail, jalapeño, scallion with choice of white or brown rice
- Spicy Salmon: salmon, spicy mayo, scallion with choice of white or brown rice
- California: blue crab meat, avocado, cucumber with choice of white or brown rice
- Eel & Avocado: BBQ eel, avocado with choice of white or brown rice
- Shrimp Tempura: asparagus, spicy mayo with choice of white or brown rice
- Vegetable: asparagus, carrot, avocado, spring mix, cucumber with choice of white or brown rice
- Spider: tempura soft shell crab, spicy mayo, asparagus with choice of white or brown rice
Sushi and Sashimi
- Jyo Sushi Combo: chef’s daily selection of 9 pcs nigiri, 1 roll
- Toku-Jyo Sushi Platter: chef’s rare seasonal selections and multiple varieties from japan, 18 pcs nigiri, 2 rolls
- Jyo Sashimi Combo: chef’s daily selection of 7 different fish, 2 pcs each
- Toku-Jyo Sashimi Platter: chef’s rare seasonal selections and multiple varieties from japan, 10 different fish, 3 pcs each
- Edamame: sea salt
- Miso Soup
- Crispy Popcorn Shrimp Tempura: signature tempura shrimp, spicy gochujang aioli
- Pork Dumplings: pork, napa cabbage, scallion
- Egg Drop Soup: Light Duck Broth with Silky Egg, Krab, Scallion and Sesame
- Pork Egg Roll – 2 pcs: pork, cabbage, apricot sweet chili sauce
- Tartare: Dashi Soy, Avocado, Chive and Wasabi
- Shumai: pork, shrimp, mushroom
Hipster Power Tip: Passholders can get a 10% discount off their meal at Morimoto Asia.
Meat & Poultry
- Orange Chicken: tempura chicken, Chinese broccoli, wok-tossed with a sweet Florida orange sauce served with choice of steamed white or brown rice
- Mongolian Filet Mignon: wok sautéed scallion, enoki mushroom, sweet szechuan sauce poured tableside with choice of steamed white or brown rice
- Morimoto Peking Duck (for two): carved house-roasted whole duck, served with steamed flour pancakes, apricot sweet chili, hoisin miso and choice of steamed white or brown rice. Half duck orders are not available
- Morimoto Spare Ribs Half-Rack, 6 Rib: pork ribs, cilantro, hoisin sweet chili glaze
Noodles & Rice
- Beef Lo Mein Noodles: stir-fried noodles, napa cabbage, carrot, bean sprout, mushroom, scallion
- Duck Ramen: peking duck broth, egg noodles, duck meat, scallion, soy marinated egg, cilantro
- Tonkotsu Ramen: rich pork broth, egg noodles, roasted pork, soy marinated egg, woodear mushroom, pickled ginger
- Morimoto Gomoku Fried Rice: duck, chicken, pork, shrimp, vegetables, spicy house sambal sauce
- Morimoto “Buri-Bop”: Korean-style yellowtail rice bowl served in a hot clay pot, finished with egg yolk, prepared tableside
- Wok Sautéed Chinese Vegetables: seasonal greens, garlic
- Szechuan Summer Squash: zucchini, patty pan, sesame
- Steamed Vegetables: assorted seasonal vegetables, tofu, ponzu sauce
- Stir-fried Tofu Medley: flash fried tofu, bell peppers, onions, carrots, sweet soy sauce
Kids’ Meals (includes one (1) dessert)
- Mini Ramen: soy broth, egg noodles, sesame. Add pork or chicken (2.00)
- Lo Mein: Cantonese noodles, tossed in lo mein sauce, served with broccoli and carrots. Add shrimp, chicken or beef (2.00)
- Orange Chicken: crisp white meat tenders, orange sauce, served with white or brown rice
- Egg Fried Rice: egg, scallions, sesame, soy. Add Shrimp, Chicken or Pork
- Ice Cream or Sorbets – Assorted Flavors
Please note that the kids’ menu is for children ages 9 and younger.
Cocktails Menu at Morimoto Asia
- Shirayuri (White Lily): sudachi shochu, calpico and yuzu served with a twist
- Lychee Martini: Absolut elyx and soho lychee liqueur
- White Tiger Negroni: roku gin, l’apertivo nonino, choya umeshu plum wine, orange bitters
- Manhattan East: maker’s mark private selection – morimoto limited edition with canton ginger liqueur and junmai sake
- The Forbidden Highball: toki japanese whisky, soda water
- Starlit Skies: maestro dobel humito smoked silver tequila, lychee liqueur, lemon juice, and butterfly pea tea syrup provide a cosmic color changing and refreshing cocktail
- Pocket Full of Summer: kettle one botanicals cucumber and mint, with watermelon juice, yuzu simple syrup and fresh thyme brings all the flavors of a cool summer breeze
- Sake Sangria: sake, light white wine, plum wine, asian pears, apple, tangerine juice
- Sunshine On My Mind: midori, cruzan coconut rum, chareau aloe liqueur, pineapple and lime with fresh shiso leaf over crushed ice is a bright and sunny tropical escape
- The Coveted Flight: a collection of rare and highly sought after whiskies 1 oz/pours of hibiki harmony, hibiki 17 year, and hibiki 21 year
You can view the wine, beer, lunch, lounge, and late night dining menu here.
My Final Review of Morimoto Asia Disney Springs
To say that the food here was incredible is an understatement. Now we all have our opinions on what tastes good to each of us, but I can only go by what I personally experienced.
As mentioned earlier in this article, I didn’t quite believe the hype of the other Disney fans and Influencers who visited this place so I wasn’t expecting much.
I was only stopping by to grab some sushi so that I could continue my food tour of Disney Springs that day.
Needless to say, Morimoto Asia was my final stop on my so-called Disney Springs dining tour.
First off, the restaurant itself was stunning and impressive. The grandiose chandeliers made me feel as if I’d stepped inside one of the fanciest dining locations right in the heart of Tokyo.
Since I was coming in at the start of the dinner rush, I opted to dine at the lovely sushi bar that was located on the second floor. I made my way up the grand staircase and was quickly shown to my seat at the quaint bar.
Please Note: The Sushi Bar and the Forbidden Lounge are on the second floor. You can access them by taking the elevator instead of the stairs if you have any mobility issues. The Sushi Bar also doesn’t open until 5 p.m. at time of updating this dining review.
My server gave me such great customer service and explained everything to me. Although I was a little nervous with going all out on some of the sushi, he made me feel comfortable.
He also let me know that if I didn’t like anything that he would quickly take care of it for me.
It made me have much more peace and I was able to take chances on the menu options that I wouldn’t normally do.
The Food is Here!
Now let’s take a journey through my Asian food adventure.
First up was the Bao Buns.
I’m not going to lie, when I first saw the grayish piece of chicken I was like, yeah, I’ll pass. But since I’d already ordered it and I was in an adventurous mood thanks to the pep talk from my waiter, I decided to take a bite.
The chicken was tender and was not overly season to the point where it would take over the taste of the fluffy Bao Bun. It’s something that I’m glad to have tried and will try again.
Although these were just dumplings, I am so glad that I got them. The outside layer was soft to the touch.
The chopped-up chicken combined with the teriyaki juices burst with each bite complimenting the soft, but firm texture of the dough.
I truly love trying different tartare from around the country. This one was actually quite refreshing and seemed to be one of Morimoto’s top selling dishes as that’s what I saw leaving the sushi bar the most.
The Chefs created a unique presentation for me that included dashi soy with crispy shallot, chive and wasabi for me to put on top of my tartare.
Just like you’d expect from any Toro, it was quite buttery, flavorful and having the condiments to join with it made it one of my favorite dishes of the night.
Hipster Power Tip: Your tartare will come with a little spoon for you to scoop your Toro off the center container and is also used to add the side condiments to your bite.
This was my first time doing this much sushi and nigiri all at once with all kinds of fish. I was so nervous because I didn’t want to send the sushi back since I was sitting in front of the chef who was making it.
I had so much anxiety of not liking the sushi for the possibility of it tasting too “fishy” or the possibility that I would just want to vomit.
Hey, I’m new to the traditional way of eating sushi so just bear with me.
To my surprise it didn’t taste fishy at all!
It had a soy-sauce hint to it and the natural wasabi addition helped fuse all the dishes together in a harmonious balance. I will definitely get this again if I can get my same sushi chef 🙂
Now for the BEST part of my dining experience. The Spicy Tuna Roll…
Because I had been enjoying all my food that was offered with nothing offensive coming my way, I thought I’d finish my meal with a standard sushi roll.
After all, Morimoto Asia only has a few basic rolls which at first, I was a bit annoyed with because I wanted the many options with all kinds of addons that we’re used to in the standard Japanese restaurants here in America.
I am so glad they only have a few options because they have perfected them!
When I popped the Spicy Tuna Roll inside my mouth I was overcome with emotion and I am being so honest right now no matter how corny it may sound. It was at that point that I realized I’d never had any good sushi before.
The tuna had been marinated to perfection which left it with a butter, creamy finish and an explosion of delicious flavors inside of my mouth. However, the rice was the super star!
The rice was so freaking good that I now find it hard to eat the regular rice in my everyday life. It was fluffy, buttery, and it had it own unique flavor that’s truly hard to describe.
I also got the Salmon Roll and the Yellow Tail Roll which made me so happy inside as well since they too were packed with mouthwatering flavors.
Although the rolls may have seemed so insignificant in size, they packed a big punch and made me realize the effects of what great food can really do for you.
I will never be the same after trying these dishes.
This sangria will have you feeling nice and cozy and it’s a great option to compliment your dinner. Not only was it refreshing, but it was fruity without being overly sweet like some sangrias are.
This is my go-to drink at Morimoto Asia especially on those days when I truly need to unwind.
It comes with sake, light white wine, plum wine, Asian pears, apple, plum, and tangerine juice!
If you really want to get more out of your money, then I recommend the carafe size especially if you have another person in your party. You guys can share it and save money on drinks.
Because I was at Morimoto Asia purely on research (wink, wink), I had to get another drink to give you more information on the dining and drinking options for you.
This drink comes with Absolut elyx and soho lychee liqueur. It’s another great option just in case the sangria is not your type of beverage.
If I had to choose between the Lychee Martini and the Sangria, I’d go with the sangria each and every time.
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Is Morimoto Asia the Best Sushi in Orlando?
On my research adventures across Orlando, I still find Morimoto Asia to house some of the best sushi in Orlando. It comes in at my number two spot next to the Kadence restaurant.
Overall, Morimoto Asia is my go-to restaurant in Disney Springs. Not only am I a fan of Asian cuisine, I truly love the feeling that I get when I am sitting at the sushi bar watching the chefs perform magic and enjoying my delicious meal and drinks.
If I could change one thing about this restaurant, it would be the noise level. But since the food is wonderful, I can get pass that challenging aspect of this dining location.
Final Score and Review for Morimoto Asia Disney Springs
- Ambiance: 8
- Food: 10
- Prices: 7.5
- Drinks: 10
- Service: 10
I give this restaurant a 9.1 out of 10 on the ThemeParkHipster dining scale and I know you will definitely enjoy it too!
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(Original Article Date: November 13, 2014/Updated April 26, 2022)