Iron Chef Morimoto has several restaurants around the States and I have always wanted to visit one. I finally got the chance to try Morimoto Napa for a light lunch when my Mom and I drove through Napa on our trip to San Francisco. The Morimoto Napa location is large, spacious, and beautiful.
I started off with a pot of green tea (you have to pay extra here for tea). I like it when I get a full pot at the table so I can fill it up myself.
The green tea here wasn’t the typical stuff you normally get at Japanese restaurants. It had a floral flavour to it and hints of lemongrass. It was a great green tea.
My Mom had the pork gyoza, which look unlike any other gyoza I have had. The gyoza are covered in a layer of bacon foam, which adds an interesting smokey element to the dish. Under the foam, there were a bunch of gyoza and a tomato sauce.
The gyoza themselves were good and the pork filling was tender and juicy. The tomato sauce was an interesting fusion element that worked surprisingly well.
I had the lobster wonton soup in a Vietnamese pho broth. The lobster wontons were amazing. The wonton wrapper had the right amount of thickness and the filling inside was buttery and smooth. A large chunk of lobster was also in the soup, which felt like a little extra bonus.
The beef broth was incredible. Before this point, I thought on some level that all broth was the same, but this made me realize what a difference quality of ingredients can make. I wish all pho broth tasted this good. It had such a rich, pure beef flavour and hints of all the aromatic spices that are normally in pho broth.
This was an excellent soup, and although it was very expensive and not something I could get all the time, I am very glad I tried it.
I also had some tuna belly sashimi. This sashimi was the best I’ve had. The tuna belly almost disintegrated on my tongue and it taste like tuna butter.
I really enjoyed our meal from Morimoto. This isn’t a traditional Japanese restaurant, it is more modern and has fusion elements, but I think they pull it off very well. The food is all high quality, presently artfully, and it tastes amazing. It is also very expensive, so I wouldn’t come here all the time, but it is great for a special occasion.
Yes, for beautiful modern Japanese food.