Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto earns his ears today. The world renowned chef just opened a pan-Asian restaurant, Morimoto Asia, in the brand-new Disney Springs area (formerly known as Downtown Disney) of Walt Disney World in Florida.As we reported last year, this two-story “dining destination” will have a traditional restaurant space and exhibition kitchens showcasing traditions like Peking duck carving and dim sum.
The family-friendly, approachable menu features a section of different noodle styles (lo mein, pad Thai, and chashu ramen), spare ribs, orange chicken, and seafood options like sweet and sour crispy whole fish, as well as traditional dim sum options like pork dumplings, egg rolls, and shumai. There will also be a limited offering of sushi rolls (California, spicy tuna, and spider).
“Disney World is a place very different from the locations of other Morimoto Restaurants,” chef Morimoto told The Daily Meal. “I wanted to entertain a different type of crowd with my food. People generally love Asian food, so I brought the concept to the menu, incorporating my own style of cooking.”
Morimoto Asia is just one of many upscale and innovative dining options opening at Disney Springs including The Boathouse, from Landry’s restaurant group, the people who brought you themed restaurants like The Rainforest Café.