Morimoto Napa Review

As Bryan’s last post touches on, we were lucky enough to spend a few days in Napa Valley in mid-October. Trying to decide what vineyards we should go to on our first visit proved to be a difficult decision, although we did pick quite a few great places along the way. But figuring out where to eat was definitely a fun experience and Morimoto Napa was at the top of my list when we started looking at restaurants, which is one of the reasons it was the first restaurant we went to on our trip.

The decor at Morimoto has a natural yet industrial feel to it. Old vines are on the walls as well as reclaimed wood used throughout the dining area. Picture glass windows overlook a river with outdoor seating, a seating area with oversized couches and low tables are in another room as well as seating at the bar and a separate sushi area are available.

We saw Masaharu Morimoto in Aspen at the Food & Wine Classic and have admired his cooking techniques and style on Iron Chef and Iron Chef America, so getting the opportunity to eat at one of his restaurants was something we couldn’t pass up. I’m also not a huge sushi fan, but after looking at the Morimoto menu, I was even more excited to eat there.

To start, I ordered the Sparkling Plum cocktail – a combination of fresh plums, vodka, plum wine, japanese 5 spice syrup and sparkling wine. My cocktail was delicious (and pretty) and I was able to use my chopsticks to stab the fresh plums at the bottom of the drink to eat them.

My mother-in-law and I decided to split the frozen iceberg wedge, which we ended up splitting between the four of us at the table. It was delicious and was served with a spoon of savory sorbet. Bryan’s Morimoto bone marrow was amazing – the spices on the bone marrow were delicious and the texture to the bone marrow was amazing. I expected it to be gelatinous, but it melted in my mouth.

I ordered the angry chicken, which was also delicious. The chicken definitely had good spice to it and reminded me a little bit of the Roasted Chili Citrus Chicken Thighs with Mixed Olives and Potatoes recipe from Bon Appetit, which I had made for my parents and Bryan a few weeks before our trip.

For dessert, we split doughnuts and the Chocolate & Bananas, which was incredible, amazing, outstanding – especially the miso caramel sauce.

All in all, dining at Morimoto was one of the highlights of the trip and I definitely recommend Morimoto Napa.

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