723 Chestnut St. | 215-413-9070 | www.morimoto-restaurant.com
Before he became famous as the Iron Chef, Masaharu Morimoto was the number two in Nobu's kitchen. But if you want to see how he distinguishes himself from his mentor, as well as what drives the high rating, book a seat at this restaurant’s omakase bar, where the chefs (including Morimoto himself on certain nights) dole out tasting menus that start at $250 per person and quickly spiral upward if supplemented with luxury ingredients like Kobe beef or truffles. If that sounds a bit steep, the main dining room menu features dishes like eight-spice lobster and yosedofu, a tofu dish made table side and served with various dipping sauces. It's a fun dining environment, made festive by interior lighting that slowly changes colors every few minutes.
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