Morimoto Asia restaurant will open at Downtown Disney on Sept. 30. The pan-Asian eatery is a central part of the entertainment complex’s transition into Disney Springs.
The establishment, a project of Chef Masaharu Morimoto and Patina Restaurant Group, will operate in The Landing section of Disney Springs. The building once housed Mannequins, a popular dance club at Downtown Disney.
The restaurants two-story layout includes lounges, dining spaces and an exhibition kitchen. The second-level sushi bar and lounge will have a separate entrance.
The restaurant’s main entrance features a three-story glass corner, and the interior sports a spiraling chandelier made of illuminated glass bottles. The sushi bar is sculpted from hundreds of pieces of hand-selected ash wood, backed with a wall of hammered copper.
Morimoto Asia will also have seating on a two-story terrace.
“I am excited to create a menu that allows so many of my favorite Asian flavors to come alive all in one place,” said Chef Masaharu Morimoto, who rocketed to fame on “Iron Chef” television programs.
It is the chef’s first pan-Asian dining experience. It will feature flavors from across the Asian continent. Among the menu items: moo shu pork, Peking duck, lobster chow fun, sweet and sour crispy whole fish and kung pao chicken.
Morimoto Asia will be operate from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. daily, serving lunch, dinner and weekend brunch with dim sum.
The restaurant will start accepting reservations via Open Table on Sept. 16. Diners may call the restaurant directly, beginning Sept. 30, at 407-560-6686. Reservations through Disney’s WDW-DINE line will begin Nov. 1.