Stephen Starr, one of the country's top restaurateurs, and Chef Masaharu Morimoto, star of television's immensely popular cooking show Iron Chef, opened Morimoto, a brilliant restaurant featuring contemporary Japanese cuisine. In the restaurant, traditional Japanese design is blended with organic and sensual elements. Chef Morimoto, who has earned international respect for his extraordinary cuisine, integrates Western ingredients and techniques with traditional Japanese cooking such as tempura, sushi, sashimi and yakimono. A selection of private label sakes compliments Chef Morimoto's sophisticated menu. The restaurant's symmetrical design features geometric booths with glass dividers. Large amorphous shapes and a soft egg-shaped sculpture emerge from smooth white plaster walls. Dark brown bamboo covers the floors and the curvy, undulating ceiling. Colored glass tables with white leather benches seat up to 125 people. Guests enjoy viewing the artistry of Chef Morimoto and his staff of experts working at the 15-seat yellow glass, box-shaped sushi bar. A brightly lit, three-dimensional image of a Japanese woman greets guests as they enter. An abstract 5' fiberglass sculpture rests in the foyer. A mezzanine level bar area, nestled under the restaurant's curvy ceiling, seats up to 30 people and offers a window for guests to look out over the main dining room. The space features a resin bar and white leather banquettes. A separate private room holds up to 16 people. Magically lit, the enclosed space glows in soft light.
723 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106
Lunch: Monday-Friday 11:30am-2:00pm
Dinner: Sunday-Wednesday 5:00pm-10:00pm