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Morimoto Asia Street Food
This patio dining spot is located in the same building where you’ll find Mormoto Asia. In fact, they’re pretty much one and the same, with patio seating for Street Food customers. Basically, Street Food is the counter-service part of Morimoto Asia.
Let’s take a look around before we dig into what this new counter service spot has to offer.
Previously, we enjoyed dining inside Morimoto’s dining room. If you haven’t had the chance yet, make sure you visit this gem. It’s one of the most beautiful restaurants in all of Disney. But there’s plenty of functional beauty at Street Food as well.
The action for Morimoto Asia Street Food all takes place outside on the patio. It may not sound terribly special, but with the recent removal of construction walls, you can now enjoy lovely views of Disney Springs from the area.
With all of the walls down, we’re also finally getting the full scope of the outside decor here. They’ve recently added this new Forbidden Lounge mural to direct customers to one of Morimoto’s three bars.
The retro feel of the painting (it even looks slightly weathered from age) is a great touch to the waterfront vibe of the building.
Want to get an idea of what they’re offering at street food before committing to the line? You can take a peek into the kitchen via this window. They also had some hand lettering announcing a daily special.
Here’s a long shot of the patio area. There’s no indoor seating for Street Food patrons, but the patio is roomy and nicely shaded.
Street Food is pretty self-explanatory, and we’ve all watched enough Anthony Bourdain and Andrew Zimmern to get the gist. But I love this sign that gives you just a little of the history. It also reminds us that Morimoto Asia focuses on food that’s a fusion of Asian cultures.
The set up is pretty simple here. Step up to the window, order, pay, and collect your food.
But while we were snapping pics, we also had a chance to see some of the dishes. I love that everything is displayed so that you can get a sense of what you can expect.
Now that we’ve had a little look around, I’m turning my attention to the food and drink.
The menu at Street Food isn’t huge, but it actually covers quite a bit of variety. You can choose from Snacks, Sushi, Noodles, and Bao Tacos. There are an assortment of Drinks — both alcoholic and non-alcoholic — to enjoy while you nosh.
Since this is our first visit to the new spot, I’ll share with you a few photos of the prepared food, and then we’ll take a closer look at the dishes I chose this time out.
The savory fillings for the Bao Tacos are all prepared and ready to go. Here’s a glimpse of the Chicken Teriyaki. I love that there’s no shortage of sauce here.
The Kalbi Bao Filling looked way too good to pass up.
You can also choose a Pork Bao Filling.
Beyond the Bao Fillings, I also had a chance to check out the Snacks. First up are the Takoyaki, or Octopus Fritters.
Pork Egg Rolls look perfectly crisp and ready to go.
Finally, there was an entire pan of Morimoto Baby Ribs just begging to be eaten.
It was a fairly hot day out here, so I decided to start with a drink. If you prefer an adult drink, you have some really interesting beers to choose from. There’s Kirin as well as a selection from local craft brewery Crooked Can. Morimoto Soba, a craft beer brewed by Rogue Ales, is also on offer (check out the awesome Chef Morimoto tap below!), as is a selection from Baird Beer, a craft brewery located in Japan.
A Singapore Slush rounds out the alcoholic offerings.
You can also choose from Popping Boba Teas, and there’s some variety to them. They sounded so good, so that’s what I went for.
You choose from Green or Black Tea, and you can also choose Peach or Mango Boba. I decided on Green Tea with Mango Boba. The bubbles are the “popping” type, rather than the chewy tapioca variety. The tea was super refreshing for a hot Florida Spring day.
A South Seas Slush sounded promising as well. Next time!
I couldn’t decide on just one dish, so I decided to sample a few. We’ll start with the Cold Team! I wanted to check out the Sushi, and went with the Shrimp Tempura Roll.
First off, let’s start with logistics: having the roll wrapped in cellophane made this super easy to eat on the go. Had I wanted to, I could have just unwrapped from the bottom to dig in.
But I wanted you to see the details, so here it is out of the wrapper.
With Lettuce, Cucumber, and crispy Shrimp, I loved the textures here. Everything seemed really fresh, and I was confident that it had been prepared very recently.
But I was also intrigued by the Takoyaki, or Octopus Fritters. They come six to an order, and are garnished with Nori (Dried Seaweed), Pickled Ginger, and Okonomi Sauce.
The Okonomi Sauce had a really nice sweet and sour flavor, and the Ginger brought in a little kick. However, the portion is a little on the small side, even with six to an order. I liked the bamboo picks, though. I thought it was a fun touch, and also made the dish easy to eat on-the-go.
But we knew we had to give the Bao Tacos a try as well. We chose the — you guessed it! — Kalbi Bao Tacos. The filling for the Steamed Bun Tacos was Beef Short Rib with Butter Lettuce garnished with Kimchi and Scallions.
I absolutely loved all the textures and flavors at play here. The tender, braised beef was perfectly prepared, and the Kimchi actually lent not only a sour, but slight sweetness as well.
There was plenty of sauce so that nothing was dry. I can’t wait to try all of them.
Whether you’re looking for a special occasion dining experience, or just an interesting, quick bite to eat, Morimoto Asia stands ready to provide. And with the debut of Morimoto Asia Street Food, you don’t have to make an Advance Dining Reservation just to ensure you’ll get your share of Sticky Ribs or Sushi. We’ll be sure to try the Noodles next time!
Will you be making your way over to try Morimoto Asia Street Food at Disney Springs in the near future? Leave a comment and tell us what looks good to you!