of the Holy
thanks to Jon Trudel, Dave
Todd and Tom Byrum for their photos
me for permission to use anything from this site.
for the route are here.
All locations are linked to their web sites. PLEASE visit these wonderful
places while you still can!
I was running kind of late and determined not to be late for
a reservation made 2 months in advance at the Iron
Chef's restaurant so I skipped changing into my fancy duds at my
cousin's house and drove straight into Philadelphia. With an hour to
kill and no place to change clothes, I parked next to Washington
Square Park and changed into my dinner attire in my car on Walnut
Street around the corner from Morimoto-
much to the amusement of passersby. Oh well, I was going to dine in
style that night no matter what.
Dave Todd arrived just as I did at the restaurant, we parked together
in the lot next to Morimoto-
disappointing the valet parking guys.
Lucky for me, Dave let Emmy have the wall :)
This is the view from the bar at Morimoto.
A few sips of sake brewed specifically for Iron
Chef Morimoto later, the whole restaurant changed color to purple,
then green, then blue. No, really, it did. Even if you don't drink the
sake. We shoulda taken photos as it changed color, but none of us were
able to after the sake.
Here is a shot from their
web page showing the seats changed to electric purple:
We were offered a sake tasting- 30% polished, 45%polished and 60% polished-
all knock outs and delicious. I settled in with a sake cosmopolitan
while Arthur and Ruth checked out the special drinks menu.
I am an Iron Chef junkie, so
I ordered "Omikase" - the chef's chooses the menu for you- and pretended
I was a judge on the show.
took photos of every course... I think... I might have missed one because
the 60% polished sake cosmopolitans were reeeeeallly good!
Appetizer started with toro tartare with oscetra caviar... and then kumumoto
oysters with mango chutney
Lobster cocktail, sorbet to clean the palate... did I mention how good
the sake cosmopolitans were?
Now we're talking jerk lobster, and kobe beef...
My cousin Bill is having sashimi and cousin Lisa is having ? while Pete
is served fish in a hot stone bowl, he can cook the fish against the side
of the bowl to his taste. Pete's date enjoys a plate of assorted sashimi
topped with matching caviar.
My friend Lolly catches Chef Morimoto behind the sushi bar, and we lasso
him for a couple celebrity photos
The really amazing part is that I am able to stand at this point. Morimoto
Restaurant is the top of ethereal. We had a great time. Our only complaint
was the music, Arthur and I filled out our response cards to that effect...