Duck duck duck – Morimoto

Duck duck duck - Morimoto
Madras roasted duck breast, duck confit fried rice, duck egg, mandarin oolong reduction. $33
Morimoto, Philadelphia PA

I thought I would love this dish, but it actually kinda bored me. It was a lot of duck prepared different ways, but I wasn’t excited about any of the preparations. The fried rice was actually kinda dry and I wish that the duck egg was more runny. As it was, the egg was hard and lifeless. The roasted duck breast was pretty good, but I didn’t like the tea soaked lotus.

Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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Sauteed foie gras and grilled eel – Morimoto

Sauteed foie gras and grilled eel - Morimoto
Sake meyer lemon, asian pear, sansho pepper. $26
Morimoto, Philadelphia PA

Wow, this was delicious! Very rich, but delicious and interesting to eat. The foie gras and eel were perfectly cooked, but what really interested me was the sake meyer lemon jelly blobs. They were bright and fresh and really helped to cut the richness of the proteins. The Asian pear added crunch so you got a perfect bite with all the components together.

Ice rink at Philadelphia City Hall
Ice rink at Philadelphia City Hall.

Morimoto sashimi – Morimoto

Morimoto sashimi - Morimoto
Five assorted sashimi with seven sauces. $25
Morimoto, Philadelphia PA

I’m gonna start by saying that this sashimi assortment was very good. Everything was fresh and tasted great, and all the different sauces were fun and so different. As for the front desk, I thought they were a mess. I had a reservation but still had to wait 20 minutes only to be sat at an empty counter (as you can see from the pic). Ok, I don’t see why I couldn’t have sat immediately there, but I guess they like to give the illusion that their restaurant is uber exclusive and SO busy. Um, you have an empty counter so you’re not THAT busy and you should just seat it! I hate fake exclusivity.

Sushi counter at Morimoto
Empty sushi counter at Morimoto.

Independence Hall
Independence Hall.