Disney Springs, treating guests by day and night to great dining, shopping and entertainment, got simply irresistible.
If you find yourself around Disney Springs in the evening, craving for some adult time after a long day at Disney World or simple cause you have the munchies. Japanese Master Chef Masaharu Morimoto‘s Morimoto Asia new late night menu at their sultry Forbidden Lounge has you covered with assorted plates of sensational sushi, finger-licking finger food, delectable dim sum, refreshing cocktails, and more.
Come 10 pm, the Forbidden Lounge located on the second floor I predict, and rightfully so, is going to become the hottest bar in O-town with it’s “Izakaya” (Japanese pub-style grub) bites. Here is a brief synopsis of our media preview in Asia’s private dining section.
Ahi Poke: Yuhi’s hometown Hawaii classic pupu. Poke (pronounced poh-keh), a raw-fish salad, ubiquitous at family gatherings and parties across the islands maintains it’s simplistic character while focusing on high quality ingredients and clean flavors. Paired with a glass of chilled Summer Melon Patch – hanger one citrus vodka, watermelon juice, and lime juice, it was a refreshing respite from Florida heat and palate teaser to our indulgent evening to come.
Speaking of clean flavors, snack on the healthy steamed bowl of Edamame sprinkled with Schichimi (Japanese seven spice powder) while awaiting rest of your meal. Personally we wouldn’t mind snacking on a chilled bowl of edamame, especially in Florida’s blistering heat. Hint – Morimoto Asia perhaps could serve a flight of warm and chilled edamame with different spices as a trial run?
Mr. Potato move over, you have a new contender in town. Portobello Mushroom Fries with Mentaiko (spicy pollack roe) mayo – savory, earthy, and warm, I will have a side or two with my burger please.
Iidako Karaage: (fried baby octopus) spicy mayo. Fried food, a hallmark of bar snacks – crunchy and salty, is just about the perfect bite to introduce to your palate between sips of cold beer, or in Morimoto Asia’s case, chilled sake cocktails. Lightly fried baby octopus dipped in spicy mayo, how can one go wrong?
Kurobuta Sausage Bao: Berkshire pork sausage, lettuce, cucumber, whole grain mustard. Executive Chef Yuzi’s personal spin on an American hot dog is served with Pork royalty – Berkshire Pigs. Encased in a pillow of soft baos, it’s the ultimate fusion comfort dish. Baos are also available in teriyaki chicken and kakuni pork flavors.
Menchi Katsu Slider: An ode to Yoshuko Cuisine, Chef Morimoto’s award-winning fried hamburger slider is whats everything right about fusion and lip-smacking delicious.
Chicken Wings with spicy garlic soy glaze. A perennial favorite paired with the beautifully balanced Beijing Bourbon tea – bulleit bourbon, blood orange liqueur, tiki syrup and iced black tea, hits the sweet spot with each bite.
Duck Ramen: egg noodles, duck meat, scallion, boiled egg. Go ahead, we give you permission to slurp!! Generous hunk of rich duck, oh so tender, (the tenderness one expects to achieve from sous-vide), it’s food that designed to warm your soul.
A beverage program that not only takes it’s cocktails seriously, it goes above and beyond with their Mock-tails. Perfect for teetotalers or like my teens (going on 25), we were highly impressed with the remarkably complex non-alcoholic concoctions thanks to the thoughtful use of spices, fresh fruits and herbs, tart/citrus base. Blushing Dragon with calpico, ruby red grapefruit, lychee juice; Morimoto Punch a blend of fresh juices and non-alcoholic ginger beer; Lychee Lemon Soda with fresh mint leaves, lemon juice, lychee puree, and soda; Tropical Citrus Cream with meyer lemon, kaffir lime, calpico, yuzu juice were all unforgettable in their own way.
Needless to say each cocktail with it’s own distinct character demonstrated the skill set of Morimoto Asia’s bar talent.
Late night menu is a joint venture between the brilliant minds of Master Chef Masaharu Morimoto and Executive Chef Yuhi Fujinaga. Such a treat!!
When done well, good bar food fills the stomach and heart with happiness. Morimoto Asia is open every day from 11:30am – 12pm. For reservations call (407) 939-6686.
Until next time have a delicious day!!