When Morimoto Asia opened in Disney Springs last year, the restaurant from Iron Chef Morimoto was only open for dinner. It was an instant hit, and the hours soon expanded to include lunch. Better yet, the Forbidden Lounge stays open with drinks, snacks, and entertainment until the wee hours.
Below you’ll learn how Morimoto Asia’s personality changes throughout the day from the early lunch crowd until it closes down at 2 a.m. Disney Springs is popular with families early in the day and through the evening, when revelers start to dominate the scene. Each of the restaurant’s personalities fit in nicely with the prevailing crowd.
The lunch menu at Morimoto Asia isn’t quite as extensive as the dinner offerings, but I promise you won’t have a problem finding something that appeals to you. The lunch crowd is made up primarily of both adult groups and families that closely mirror the demongraphic enjoying Disney Springs during the day. Choose from the dim sum menu or get a good tour of the Morimoto offerings with the prix fixe menu that includes house salad, miso soup, California roll, a dumpling, kimchi, and your choice of entree. One of the options is the orange chicken shown, and you can also opt for kung pao chicken, braised black cod, or a tofu vegetable medley. If you have a Disney annual pass, you get 10 percent off food at lunch time.
While lunch is fairly quick paced and informal, Morimoto Asia takes on a more relaxed atmosphere at night. It’s still kid friendly, as you can see by BowWow Kids Meal in the photo, but it also has a full dinner menu for adults who want to indulge in a tour of Asian tastes. You’ll see plenty of couples out for a romantic evening along with the families and groups of friends. I love the restaurant at dinner time because darkness makes the beaded “fish net” fixtures in the dining room look so much more impressive. Be sure to get reservations because Morimoto Asia is a very popular Disney Springs dining spot.
The Forbidden Lounge in Morimoto Asia is open until 2 a.m. every night, with a wide variety of small bites and adult beverages. You can learn more about those by going to this article for a mouthwatering slideshow. If you visit on the weekend, you’ll find even more fun in the form of live entertainment. The video shows one of the entertainments performing his feats of magic.